On the Radio: Fueling Our Future


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the new biofuels program recently announced by the governor. Listen to the audio below or continue reading for the transcript.

State officials have announced a new biofuels pilot program.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

“Fueling Our Future” will install more blender pumps at gas retailers around Iowa to sell mid-level ethanol-blended gasoline and biodiesel products.

Gov. Terry Branstad said the public-private partnership will use $250,000 in federal anti-pollution funding to leverage state dollars in an effort to build on the state’s role as a leader in renewable fuels production.

The money will be available to retailers who apply through the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board.

Iowa currently has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.7 billion gallons annually, and four other facilities are under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities able to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

This initiative is supported by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Transportation, Iowa State University, and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board.

To learn more about ethanol, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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