EVENT: UI Biomass Fuel Project meeting on plant invasive risk


S_barney-jacob    Dr. Jacob Barney from Virginia Tech University will be at the University Capital Centre to talk about the management of risk related to plants in general, and specifically speak to the planned use of dedicated energy crops to support the biomass fuel project. The meeting is open to the public and free.

2:00 pm at the University Capital Centre (Old Capital Mall), room 2525D, Iowa City.

Natural gas dispenser planned for Iowa


Photo by MoDOT Photos, Flickr.

Clean Energy Fuels of Seal Beach, Calif. has listed an Iowa truck stop as one of its first locations for a new natural gas dispenser network.

Proponents of natural gas say that the per mile cost of natural gas as a truck fuel would be $2 per gallon or less – a significant savings over diesel at roughly $3.60 or more per gallon.

The dispenser would be located at a Des Moines area Pilot/Flying J truck stop, and would form a network with other dispensers in Illinois, Nebraska, and Missouri.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

Iowa hits record ethanol production


An ethanol plant in Iowa. Photo by Hendrixson, Flickr.

Iowa’s 41 ethanol plants produced a record 3.7 billion gallons in 2011, a 200 million gallon increase from 2010. Monte Shaw, Executive Director of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, largely attrbitues this rise to exports.

“2011 was certainly a good year for Iowa ethanol producers with increased production and profitability,” said Shaw. “However, we relied on export markets for growth.”

Roughly 62 percent of Iowa’s 2010 corn harvest were used to produce the 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol.

For more information, view the full story at the Des Moines Register.