DES MOINES, Iowa — On April 26, POET CEO Jeff Broin commended the Iowa House and Senate for passing HF2128, the Governor’s biofuel bill that would guarantee access to E15 across the state of Iowa by 2026.
“By approving the first E15 fuel standard in the nation, Iowa has once again shown that it is leading the charge toward greater use of clean, American-made biofuel. E15 is the future. Not only does it save consumers money at the pump, it’s also the most readily available biofuel blend to cut emissions, support American jobs, and cultivate economic growth.
“I commend the Iowa Senate and Majority Leader Jack Whitver, along with the Iowa House and Speaker Pat Grassley, for their leadership in moving this bipartisan bill to the Governor’s desk. I know this has been a top priority for Gov. Reynolds, a true biofuels champion, and I look forward to seeing this first-of-its-kind legislation become law.
“This is an enormous step forward in growing our nation’s use of E15, and it provides a model for other states to follow. This legislation will help prevent price shocks at the pump, chart a brighter path forward for Iowans, and move America one step closer to energy independence.”
Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson shared Broin’s enthusiasm.
“Iowa Farm Bureau thanks Governor Reynolds for her leadership in shaping and advocating for the Iowa Biofuels Access Bill. We applaud the Iowa Legislature for listening to our members and working together toward a solution that benefits all Iowans,” Johnson said. “Our members have long advocated for this measure that works to increase consumer access to cleaner burning, environmentally friendly biofuels. As gas prices remain high, E15 offers a savings at the pump, and as a homegrown fuel, it supports 46,000 jobs in Iowa alone.”
Iowa Corn thanked the Senate and House for passing the Biofuels Access Bill (HF 2128) as it heads to the Governor’s desk.
“The Biofuels Access Bill is a key piece of ethanol legislation to keep Iowa as the leader of not only corn and ethanol production, but also in access to cleaner-burning, more affordable, homegrown ethanol,” said Lance Lillibridge, a farmer from Vinton, Iowa and President of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. “The Biofuels Access Bill is a top priority for ICGA because it expands the availability of E15 to consumers saving them an average of 10 cents per gallon, provides additional funding for retailers in the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program and creates additional markets for Iowa corn farmers.:”
“The Iowa Biofuels Access Bill is consumer-friendly and will benefit all Iowans. E15 is the cleanest, most affordable fuel available for all 2001 and newer vehicles, and that is especially important during this time of high gas prices,” Lillibridge stated.
Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement in response to the legislature passing HF2128:
“This is a historic win for Iowa families, for our agriculture and biofuels industry, and for Iowa’s entire economy. By increasing access to more affordable, homegrown biofuels made right here in Iowa, we are lowering the price at the pump and getting America back on track toward energy independence.
“I am proud that my biofuels legislation will lead to the single greatest expansion of biofuels in our state’s history, while providing our industry with consistency in the face of ever-changing federal policy. I commend the legislature for working with me to advance this bill and I look forward to signing it into law in the coming days.”
— Iowa Farm Bureau
— Iowa Corn
— Iowa Office of the Governor