Iowa Biodiesel Mixed into Diesel More than Triples

Gary Jones, a worker with the University of Iowa Fleet Services, fills a UI rental car with Ethanol 85 (E85) a mixture of 85 percent Ethanol and 15 percent gasoline at the Fleet Services in Iowa City on Thursday, April 29, 2005. 30 percent of UI automobiles will accept E85. Currently there are 16 commercial gas station in Iowa that sell E85. The E85 pump in Iowa City is for UI automobiles only.

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report shows the amount of biodiesel blended into diesel fuel in Iowa has more than tripled over the last two years.

The report released Monday by the Iowa Department of Revenue says biodiesel made from vegetable oil or animal fat is now blended in more than 42 percent of all diesel fuel sold in the state. The report shows 23.3 million gallons of biodiesel was mixed with diesel fuel last year, up from 7.4 million gallons in 2010.

Ethanol, which is made mostly from corn and mixed with gasoline, was in about 81.7 percent of all gasoline sold in Iowa, down slightly from 82.5 percent in 2010.

Iowa has 12 biodiesel plants and 41 ethanol refineries, more than any other state.

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