Biofuels Industry Gathers for Annual Summit

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 Rachel Begle

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - The ethanol and biodiesel industries are taking center stage in Altoona at the eighth annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, where experts will talk about the future of the industry and new innovations in the fuel and the engines that can burn it.

The industry was dealt a blow by the Environmental Protection Agency when the government recently announced a proposed reduction in the amount of biofuels required to be blended into gasoline this year.

Gov. Terry Branstad, who has led an effort to overturn the EPA's proposal, is scheduled to talk Tuesday morning about the importance of biofuels to Iowa's economy.

Among other speakers, Chrysler official Reg Modlin will talk about engine technology and how it's influenced by the used of biofuels.

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