Iowa Event to Discuss Future of Ethanol, Biodiesel

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Leaders of the ethanol and biodiesel industry will gather in suburban Des Moines this month to discuss the future of their fields.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show will be held Jan. 30 at a conference center in Altoona.

Speakers will include Robert Gough, director of renewable fuels for the Oil Price Information Service, who is expected to analyze price trends through the next decade.

An economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City is expected to discuss ethanol production and its use of corn in the future, while other speakers will highlight the impact of renewable fuels on Iowa's economy.

Iowa is a national leader in renewable fuels production, with 41 ethanol refineries and 12 biodiesel facilities.

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