Evaluation of Fueling Our Future
Start date: 05/01/15
End date: 08/31/16
- Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
- Iowa Department of Transportation
About the research
In an effort gain a greater understanding of the impacts of alternative blends of ethanol-based fuels (E30 in particular), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) have initiated a pilot project that builds upon IDALS existing Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. This pilot project would provide funding as an incentive to private sector installation of renewable fueling pumps (likely blender pumps); however, this will also include a research and analysis component to assess the impacts of installation of these pumps on consumer behavior and emissions. The "Fueling our Future" pilot program is administered by the Iowa Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Program (RFIP) of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT). This program seeks to: gain better consumer information about their fueling preferences, focus on marketing opportunities that will increase the use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel, and provide a pathway to reduce particulate matter (PM 2.5 or less) in Iowa. The project will utilize grant incentives to encourage interest and participation for specific infrastructure upgrades and data sharing. The data sharing is expected to involve sharing of fuel sales over a specified time period and limited access to customers and employees to gather information and data. The extent of this data sharing will be mutually agreed upon by all parties. Two sites were selected. (1) The Farmer's Cooperative station in Mount Ayr will offer ElO, E15, and E30, ESO and E85 and BS , B 10 and B20. Mount Ayr is in Ringgold County. (2) Oak Street Station is in Inwood, Iowa (Lyon County). The station will offer ElO, E15, E30, and E85. B-5 will be offered year-round with B99.9 offered during the summer months for independent jobbers and special use customers such as tractor pullers (http: //domesticfuel.com/2014/04/14/iowa-gov-branstad-expands-fueling-our-future/d). The Center for Transportation Research (CTRE) and Education at the Institute for Transportation (In Trans) at Iowa State will conduct an analysis of the project to: (1) Determine user acceptance of program and (2) Assess air quality impacts of several different implementation scenarios. This will entail collecting data from the two sites to determining the number of users of different blends as well as collect onsite data to survey users.