Governor Reynolds’ biofuels bill advances in Iowa House

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ revised plan to boost sales of E-15 has been approved by a House subcommittee. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Standard Reynolds introduced last year stalled in the legislature.

During the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Des Moines Tuesday, she said her new proposal is designed to expand consumer access to gasoline that contains more ethanol and to diesel that has a higher percentage of a soybean-based additive.

“Under the bill, any newly installed or upgraded fuel infrastructure must be E-85 or B20 compatible. And all retailers with compatible infrastructure must offer E15 by 2026.”

The Governor’s plan also includes grant money for retailers to install new fuel systems and sets up a waiver process for stations not compatible for selling higher blends of ethanol.

The bill was introduced Monday and advanced through a House Ways and Means subcommittee Wednesday.