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Iowa lawmakers and biofuel advocates cheered last week after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) followed through on its promise, and fulfilled President Donald Trump’s mandate, to propose rules for year-round sales of E15.
Biofuel supporters say the waivers destroy demand for ethanol and biodiesel.
As of Tuesday, March 12, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.48 across Iowa according to AAA. This is $.10 higher than last week and the same price as one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.51, up $.07 from last week’s price.
The Iowa Utilities Board is considering a petition filed by Alliant Energy requesting an adjustment to the electric and gas rates charged to its customers. The process will take ten months and public comments are being accepted by the Board.
A development company wants to build a 349-mile underground transmission line that would carry renewable energy from wind-rich rural Iowa to high-demand eastern U.S. cities.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its proposal for year-round sales of E15 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review last week
As of Tuesday, March 5, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.38 across Iowa according to AAA. This is $.04 higher than last week and $.12 lower than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.44, up $.03 from last week’s price.
Top Trump administration officials said last week the rules to allow year-round sales of E15 should be ready by June 1, the date when sharp restrictions on the sale of the fuel blend have normally kicked in.
Cindy Axne recently began her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Iowa’s third district, which covers Des Moines, Council Bluffs and much of southwest Iowa.
They don’t want to discourage the production or use of electric vehicles, but lawmakers see a need to protect the Road Use Tax Fund that, in large part, pays for construction and maintenance of Iowa roads.