Iowa spends $323,000 to boost access to higher ethanol blends

Source: By Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, July 8, 2016

The state will help expand Iowa’s access to higher blends of ethanol with $323,483 going to retailers to install 13 blender pumps and two underground storage tanks.

The money is being awarded to STAR Energy, Best Food Mart Inc. and Kum & Go to install the renewable fuels infrastructure at five sites across the state, according to Gov. Terry Branstad and Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey’s offices.

“Every one of these fuels pumps that is being installed … benefits our agricultural economy, supports good jobs for Iowa families and gives consumers more choices at the pump,” Branstad said in a statement.

Funding for the projects comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state and retailers. Altogether, 226 blender pumps and 26 underground storage tanks will be installed at 78 sites by 20 companies to provide consumers with access to higher blends of ethanol.