Iowa Creates New Biofuels Program

FILE - In this March 22, 2011 file photo, a vehicle fills up with gas in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)


By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking to expand the availability of certain types of biofuels in Iowa.

Branstad on Monday announced a new program called "Fueling our Future."

The program will use $250,000 in existing federal dollars to provide funding to Iowa retailers that install more pumps that contain what is known as E30, a gasoline blended with 30 percent ethanol.

Many cars on the road can't use E30, which is only recommended for cars known as "flex fuel" vehicles. State officials say that about 10 percent of cars on the road nationally are "flex fuel" models.

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