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Iowa aims for next-gen biofuels leadership: 18 hot projects - Biofuels Digest

Article by Jim Lane - Aug. 24, 2012 Shenandoah, IA – It stands to reason that the leading US state in renewable fuels production would have long ago achieved net energy independence when it comes to transportation fuel. Iowa does not disappoint in this respect – to offset its 2.7 billion gallons in gasoline and diesel demand, the state produced 3.9 billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel last year. The state has been exceedingly prosperous in recent years, with a 24 percent growth in GDP since the Renewable Fuel Standard was first established in 2005, ahead of the national rate. But as they say, that was then, this is now.