Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowa fuel retailers and gas stations to submit nominations for the 2014 Iowa Ag Secretary's Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards. The purpose of these two awards is to recognize fuel retailers who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to sell renewable fuels. Awards are presented each year for both the marketing of ethanol and biodiesel.
"Fuel retailers continue to take steps to make ethanol and biodiesel more available to Iowa customers and this award is an opportunity to recognize those folks who have shown leadership in promoting these renewable fuels and making them more available to customers," Northey says.
Qualifying entities will be those that market the renewable fuels they have available through creative means including, but not limited to: hosting special events highlighting their renewable fuels, development of creative signage, initiation of new advertisements or marketing efforts, and efforts that dramatically increase renewable fuel availability.
Nominations must be submitted before December 31
Nominations forms can be found on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website. Completed nominations can be submitted via email at [email protected] or mail at Henry A. Wallace Building, Attn: Dustin Vande Hoef, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines IA 50319. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2014.
This is the eighth year for the award. Russ and Barb Danielsen from Southern Iowa Oil and Jason Stauffer from STAR Energy Manson were the 2014 award winners.
Reminder: cost-share funding available to promote higher blends
Iowa leads the nation in the production of ethanol and biodiesel. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program offers cost-share grants for the installation of E85 dispensers, blender pumps, biodiesel dispensers, and biodiesel storage facilities. The grant program is managed by Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and more information can be found on the Department's website.
Branstad, Nixon to Lead Governors' Biofuels Coalition
In other news about renewable fuels, it was announced last week that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will serve in leadership positions in 2015 for the national Governor's Biofuels Coalition.
The Governors' Biofuels Coalition announced that Branstad will become chairman and Nixon will become vice chairman of the coalition beginning in January 2015.
"I look forward to working with Governor Nixon to advance the bipartisan work of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, as the production and use of biofuels increases family incomes in rural America, diversifies our nation's energy portfolio and enables consumer choice at the fuel pump," Branstad said.
"Missouri was one of the founding members of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, and the coalition has played a major role in our nation's energy policies, including the drafting and passage of the renewable fuel standards," Nixon said.
Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois, is the outgoing chairman. "Renewable energy benefits everyone, from energy customers to farmers to anyone who breathes our air," Quinn said. "I am proud to have served as chairman of this multi-state coalition that aims to show the world what can be done with renewable energy. I look forward to a sustainable future for our nation."