Ethanol industry wants increased Iowa use

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association wants Iowa to increase its use of ethanol in motor fuels. Association vice president Monte Shaw notes the percentage of fuel sold in Iowa with ethanol blended in has been stuck around 75 percent. He says the percentage of ethanol-blended gasoline now stands at 80 percent in the rest of the nation. To increase Iowa's consumption, Shaw says the association will ask the Legislature to pass a bill requiring motor gasoline in the state carry at least 10 percent ethanol. Shaw estimates with a state mandate, ethanol use in Iowa would increase from 100 million gallons annually to about 140 million gallons. Republican Rep. Annette Sweeney of Alden indicates there is interest in the Legislature in the ethanol producers' proposal.