In a recent online survey of shareholders, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) sought input on the renewable fuels industry’s impact on individuals and communities. Nearly 500 renewable fuels supporters took part in the survey and provided some intriguing responses.
“There is a growing appreciation for fueling freedom – not just E85, but E15 and E30 as well,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “While progress has been made, the lack of flexible fueling stations is holding us back.”
The survey found that:
• Despite the common use of the term “farmer-owned ethanol plant” only 37 percent of the respondents identified themselves as farmers.
• 39 percent of respondents have a friend or family member employed directly by an ethanol or biodiesel plant.
• 57 percent of those surveyed owned a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV), with an equal 57 percent of those stating they routinely purchase E85.
• Of the FFV owners, 68 percent said flexible fueling influenced the purchase of their vehicle.
• Of FFV owners, 67 percent stated they do not find E85 refueling stations adequate.
• 29 percent of those surveyed said they own a diesel pickup or passenger car, with 51 percent of those stating they routinely purchase biodiesel blends.
• 18 percent stated B20 compatibility influenced their decision to purchase the diesel vehicle.
• Of diesel vehicle owners, 71 percent stated they do not find biodiesel refueling sites adequate.
“Biodiesel blends are attractive to consumers today,” added Shaw. “But the lack of distribution infrastructure prevents many Iowans from having the choice of biodiesel at the pump. One of our top goals is to reverse this and some major improvements are on the way.”
IRFA will release additional survey results throughout the summer in conjunction with future 10th anniversary events.