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Iowa Biodiesel Board to present Governor Branstad with award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Biodiesel Board   
Monday, 15 September 2014 08:52

REG’s Chad Stone also to be named IBB chair at Annual Meeting

ANKENY, Iowa – Iowa biodiesel business leaders and farmers will present Governor Terry Branstad with the “Biodiesel Champion” award tomorrow, during the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Biodiesel Board.

“Governor Branstad has shown steadfast support for state biodiesel programs and incentives, helping Iowa secure its position as the top biodiesel-producing state,” said Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. “He also shows bold national leadership in making an outspoken, compelling case for expanding biodiesel under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard.”

Branstad serves as vice chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition. In December, he was the only governor to testify at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on the RFS.

“I want to thank the Iowa Biodiesel Board for the honor of being named a ‘Biodiesel Champion,’” said Branstad. “Iowa’s robust renewable fuel sector is a critical component of Iowa’s strong economic position. I’ve long been a strong supporter of renewable fuels like biodiesel, and will continue promoting innovation within this growing industry.”

Also at the meeting, Chad Stone, chief financial officer of Renewable Energy Group, Inc., will become the new chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. He replaces biodiesel producer and petroleum distributor Mark Cobb.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to lead the Iowa Biodiesel Board and excited to continue the outstanding advocacy efforts of Mark Cobb, our board members and staff,” said Stone. “IBB has, and will continue to play an instrumental role in promoting the economic, energy security and environmental benefits that biodiesel provides to Iowa and America.”

Biodiesel is made from a diverse mix of resources. These include recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats. It is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. In 2013, Iowa’s 12 biodiesel plants produced about 230 million gallons of biodiesel. This supports more than 7,000 jobs throughout the value chain.

The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.

Regional Council Promotes Energy Efficiency Incentives, Free Programs & Equipment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Daniel Payette   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:16

ROCK FALLS, IL – Blackhawk Hills Regional Council announces HVAC, lighting, and custom energy efficiency incentives available through the State of Illinois and its partner agencies. This includes free energy assessment programs and equipment upgrades for 2014-2015.

This current project year is likely the final year where significant incentives are available to replace T-12 fluorescent lamps/magnetic ballasts with energy efficient T-8 fluorescent lamps/electronic ballasts.  As such, we strongly encourage local governments including school districts, colleges, municipalities, townships, counties, park districts, state, federal, and other public bodies to contact Blackhawk Hills Regional Council if they intend to or are considering replacing existing lamps and ballasts especially as energy wasting T-12 technology is rapidly phased out.

Also available for public entities is the Boiler System Efficiency Program, which covers many of the costs of a typical boiler tune-up, as well as steam trap replacement and insulation projects. This program can provide significant savings at any boiler-heated facility.

Free energy assessments and related services are available through Blackhawk Hills Regional Council and its partners at the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (815) 625-3854 to discuss this year’s incentives, to schedule an energy assessment visit, or with any questions.

About Blackhawk Hills Regional Council

Blackhawk Hills Regional Council (BHRC) is a non-profit, regional planning commission based in Rock Falls, IL, which serves Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside Counties. Services include community planning, development assistance, natural resource conservation and protection support, and grant writing and administration. BHRC is sponsored by local county boards and Soil and Water Conservation Districts and is overseen by an 18-member council, consisting of three representatives from each of the six counties.

Questions about BHRC may be directed to (815) 625-3854 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


QCESC STEM Trivia Night Press Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christine Cournoyer   
Friday, 05 September 2014 08:43

Quad City Engineering and Science Council to host Trivia Night benefiting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholarships and Student Outreach

Please join us Saturday, October 4, 2014 for a Trivia Night hosted by the Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC). All proceeds will go to the QCESC to support scholarships and student outreach in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The event will be held at the Putnam Museum located at 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. and Trivia starts at 7:00 P.M.

Please pre-register by contacting Chris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-505-6703.

Teams consist of 8 with $10 per person (ages 12 and up, Table Minimum $50). Everyone will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Mulligans will be sold 10 for $10—you may use more than 1 per round. Doublers will be sold 1 for $10—to double the score of any round you choose.

Each team may bring in their own snacks but there will also be a cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase. No outside drinks allowed.

Trivia will consist of 10 rounds of 10 general knowledge questions. You DON’T have to be a genius to play and have fun! 1st Place team will receive double their money back and 2nd Place team will receive their money back.

Pre-register and Questions? Contact Chris at 563-505-6703 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Don’t have enough for a table? Come anyway and we will assign you to a table!

Taylor Ridge, IL student conducts fuel gauging research with NASA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Moore   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:38

KENOSHA, WI (08/27/2014)(readMedia)-- Carthage College student Daisy Bower of Taylor Ridge, IL, recently conducted research aboard a NASA parabolic aircraft.

This is the seventh consecutive year that the Carthage Microgravity Team has conducted research with NASA. The NASA Science Mission Directorate approved Carthage's proposal to continue studying fuel gauging technology in zero gravity, through the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project.

The team's work could help NASA devise a solution to one of the biggest barriers of deep space exploration. The type of fuel gauge used in vehicles on Earth doesn't work in zero-g, so the team is working on one that could be used in future spacecraft and satellites.

The Carthage team traveled to the Johnson Space Center in Houston last month to fly its experiment aboard NASA's Weightless Wonder, a plane that provides periods of weightlessness by flying a series of parabolas over the Gulf of Mexico. The students constituted the only undergraduate team on a research flight that included researchers and engineers from Northwestern University, NASA-Glenn Research Center, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carthage students have flown aboard the Weightless Wonder every year since 2008 while performing research with NASA engineers.

Iowa's support for renewable fuels confirmed with new poll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeremy Funk and Donnelle Eller   
Friday, 22 August 2014 12:50

Iowa's support for renewable fuels has been officially confirmed: 77 percent of registered voters surveyed said they support expanding the federal Renewable Fuel Standard to increase biodiesel in the fuel supply.

Sixty-nine percent said a congressional candidate's support for the mandate was an important factor in their voting decisions, the Iowa Biodiesel Board said today.

The renewable fuel standard requires ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed scaling back renewable fuel targets.

The group commissioned the questions as part of its annual public opinion research. A professional public opinion research firm, Moore Information, conducted the online survey of 517 registered voters. It took place the week of Aug. 11.

The study shows Iowans have a positive opinion about biodiesel in general, the board said. Additionally, after a series of questions on biodiesel, they were highly supportive of expanding the renewable fuel standard, the trade association said.

There are four U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat up for election in Iowa.

"Many of our biodiesel businesses have the pressure of an uncertain market weighing heavily on them right now," said Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. "It is uplifting to know that Iowans are with us. They are behind strong federal policy to buoy this young industry in the torrents of the oil industry's opposition."

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