With the imminent introduction of E15 to Iowa motorists, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association's last week launched a new billboard campaign. This campaign announces that E15 will be coming soon to Linn Co-op Oil Company, 325 35th Street in Marion in eastern Iowa. Linn Co-op will be the first EPA-approved retailer in Iowa to sell E15 for 2001 and newer vehicles, SUVs, and light-duty trucks. These vehicles use over 80% of the gasoline sold. E15 can also be used in flex-fuel vehicles.
"We're excited that we're only a week away from having E15 available for all 2001 and newer vehicles," says Lucy Norton, IRFA managing director. "It has been a very long time coming and we're enthusiastic about Linn Co-op's first-in-the-state status."
"The Roads Of Iowa Will Never Be The Same" is theme for E15 ethanol campaign
'The Roads of Iowa Will Never Be The Same' is the theme for the campaign that will be extended throughout September to include other media and direct mail. The billboards are a way to introduce E15 to Marion residents by touting the cost savings and performance benefits of the latest fuel to receive EPA approval. This campaign is being co-sponsored by Iowa Corn Growers Association.
Norton encourages Marion residents to take advantage of having another fuel choice available at the pumps. E15 contains an additional 5% ethanol compared to E10 which has been universally available for more than 30 years. With E15, motorists will get a little more octane boost while experiencing the same performance and environmental benefits – all at a cost savings to gasoline.
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 13 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 320 million gallons annually. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development. For more information, visit the IRFA website at www.IowaRFA.org.
Ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies for Cresco Fuels Inc.
In other news about renewable fuels in Iowa, the state's newest blender-pump location will be dedicated with a grand opening ceremony September 14 at Cresco Fuels Inc. at Cresco in northeast Iowa. The state's newest blender-pump received funding from the USDA's Rural Development agency.
Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development state director in Iowa, will be in Cresco at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 14 to participate in ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies for Cresco Fuels Inc., a new fuel station that will offer blended fuel options to customers. USDA Rural Development participated in the project by providing a $49,564 grant through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
The new fuel station has two fuel dispensers that give consumers a choice of higher ethanol blended fuels such as E15, E30 and E85 along with a biodiesel refueling center offering blends of B2 and B5 in both on- and off-road fuels.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a state office in Des Moines, along with area offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly. Information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency's web- site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.