POET, Others Ethanol Industry Urging Iowa Legislature To Pass Ethanol Mandate

Source: By Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA Radio • Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Des Moines, Iowa — The state’s biofuel industry is urging Iowa lawmakers to take action on an ethanol bill that has stalled in the legislature.

Earlier this year, Governor Kim Reynolds proposed requiring gas stations and convenience stores to offer E-15, the fuel with a 15 percent blend of ethanol. Supporters of the concept in the legislature have crafted a bill that requires E-15 access at every fueling station in Iowa by 2028. The bill hasn’t passed the full House or the Senate. The Iowa Corn Growers and Iowa Ethanol Producers Associations along with ethanol plant operators Growth Energy and POET have issued a joint statement, saying every Iowa driver should have the freedom to choose E-15.

According to the group’s calculations, increased availability and use of E-15 would save Iowa drivers 72 million dollars a year on fuel costs. FuelIowa, a group representing the state’s fuel industry, says the mandate will eliminate choice and the cost of installing new gas pumps will raise prices for consumers.