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February 12, 2010

Just Released:  Final 2009 Iowa Ethanol
Sales Figures Show Step Back for State


E85 Sales Down 15% Through Third Quarter


JOHNSTON, IA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that Iowans chose E10, a 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline blend, only 73 percent of the time during 2009 according to Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) figures.  According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa ranks 32nd in ethanol sales despite being the leading ethanol producer.


“Iowa’s ethanol sales did not reach the 2009 goal of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Standard,” said Monte Shaw, IRFA Executive Director.  “These are figures based on mandatory reporting of taxable gallons to the State of Iowa and the IRS – not an incomplete, voluntary report.  Obviously, IRFA members are disappointed in the results.  The state has also released E85 sales for the first nine months of 2009.  During those three quarters, E85 sales were down 15% compared to 2008.”


According to IDR figures, Iowa E10 and E85 sales in 2009 were down from 2008:


E10 Sales in Iowa                                     E85 Sales in Iowa

2007                    74%                                   2008 (Jan-Sept)             5,728,412

2008                    75%                                   2009 (Jan-Sept)             4,867,516

2009                    73%                                   Decrease                          15%


           Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production.  Iowa has 39 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.3 billion gallons annually.


The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.


For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at:






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