The First Coop Association held a grand opening celebration today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for their new ethanol and biodiesel pumps. The station, located on Hwy. 71 South in Sioux Rapids, Iowa featured free food and ethanol and biodiesel specials.
The First Coop Association is one of many stations to take advantage of the Renewable Fuels Promotional Assistance Program sponsored by the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and the Iowa Soybean Association. Through the Renewable Fuels Promotional Assistance Program, Iowa Corn and IRFA partners with retailers for grand openings for E85 and ethanol blender dispensers. Iowa Soybean and IRFA partners with retailers for grand openings for biodiesel dispensers.
Retailers interested in installing an E85 or biodiesel dispenser can apply for a grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development.
There are currently 129 E85 facilities in the state of Iowa.