Leadership in action
Simply put, Iowa is the nation’s renewable fuels leader. Building on leadership in production of corn, soybeans and other commodities, Iowa researchers and innovators have found hundreds of new uses and benefits for these products that deliver benefits to consumers, communities and the environment alike.
Iowa leads the country in ethanol, biodiesel and wind energy production (as a percentage of total power output), with an established infrastructure to support new and growing bio-based ventures. In addition, we lead the nation in energy generated from renewable resources, with 64% of the state’s electricity derived from renewable energy.
For companies looking to start or grow a bio-based or renewable business, Iowa’s research and commercial infrastructure is second to none. Collaborate with world-class scientists at Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm, BioEconomy Institute, Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites or the University of Iowa Center for Biocatalysts and Bioprocessing, or find a home at the ISU Research Park along with other industry leaders.
Bioproducts industry facts
- Iowa is #1 in wind energy, with 63.8% of Iowa’s total power output coming from renewable sources.
- 27% of total U.S. ethanol production comes from the 41 operating ethanol plants in the state.
- Our 11 operating biodiesel refineries have the capacity to produce 21% of U.S. total biodiesel production.
Incentives for growth
Iowa offers the Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit. The program incentivizes the production of 30 high-value chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the credit represents the “strongest” incentive package for the bio-based chemical industry.
The program addresses the unique opportunity to advance Iowa’s economy by focusing on the development of biomass as feedstocks for the production of renewable chemicals.
“As I meet people from across the U.S., there is an expectation that the state of Iowa will lead in the development of practices and technologies that advance agriculture, biofuels, and biomass-based carbon dioxide removal.”
- Dr. Robert Brown, co-director of the Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute, on the carbon renewal research team Milestone Award from XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition.