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E-85 sales advancing in Iowa

Agriculture.com Staff 09/27/2006 @ 9:22am

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) officials this week announced that E-85 sales in Iowa continue to grow exponentially according to the latest state figures.

According to the Iowa Department of Revenue, sales of E-85 by Iowa retailers reached 570,961 gallons during the second quarter of 2006. That was a 92% increase over the first quarter and a 255% increase over the same time period in 2005.

"The latest E-85 sales figures leave no doubt that Iowans are passionate about renewable fuels," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "With Iowa retailers increasing the number of E-85 fueling sites, we predict this trend will continue."

Currently, Iowa has 25 ethanol refineries with the capacity to produce nearly 1.6 billion gallons annually. There are nine ethanol refineries under construction or expansion that will add over 600 million gallons of annual capacity. In addition, Iowa has 14 biodiesel refineries with a combined annual capacity of over 315 million gallons either in operation or under construction. Additional renewable fuels projects are under development.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) officials this week announced that E-85 sales in Iowa continue to grow exponentially according to the latest state figures.

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