WASHINGTON -- Senator Chuck Grassley recently said that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award or has already awarded funding totaling $1,445,435.18 to Iowa through the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels and the Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP).
"Biofuels and renewable energy create jobs, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, and help our environment," Grassley said. "These projects can help grow this important industry in Iowa."
According to the Department of Agriculture, $1,334,499.18 was distributed through the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels as shown below, organized alphabetically by town. All funds were distributed to expand production of advanced biofuels.
* Renewable Energy Group, Inc. in Ames received $695,014.53
* Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC in Farley received $178,926.98
* Maple River Energy, LLC in Galva received $6,871.08
* Central Iowa Energy, LLC in Newton received $80,571.13
* Sioux Biochemical, Inc. in Sioux Center received $9,847.05
* Western Iowa Energy in Wall Lake received $210,509.52
* Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC in Washington received $152,758.89
According to the Department of Agriculture, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels authorizes payments to eligible producers to expand production of advanced biofuels. Payments are based on the amount of advanced biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch, such as cellulose, crop residue, animal, food and yard waste material, biogas and vegetable oil.
According to the Department of Agriculture, $110,936.00 will be distributed through REAP as shown below, organized alphabetically by town.
* Cherokee Wind, LLC in Cherokee will receive $21,141 to determine the feasibility of installing and operating a 1.5 megawatt to 2.5 megawatt wind turbine
* Prairie's Edge Renewables, LLC in Cresco will receive $9,500 to determine the feasibility of creating multiple biomass densification facilities and collection sites
* Lutes Family Investment Group in Gilman will receive $24,995 to determine the feasibility of developing a wind farm in Marshall County
* DeBarthe Wind, LLC in Lamoni will receive $5,300 to determine the feasibility of a proposed wind farm of ten 100 kilowatt wind turbines
* Alternative Carbon Resources in Pella will receive $50,000 to determine the feasibility of using an industrial mixer to combine cellulosic waste materials with corn syrup and biodiesel to create a high BTU alternative fuel source
According to the Department of Agriculture, REAP provides loans and grants to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits.
Each year, local Iowa organizations, colleges and universities, individuals and state agencies apply for competitive grants and loans from the federal government. The funding is then awarded based on each local organization or individual's ability to meet criteria set by the federal entity.