“Distributors and retailers are the connection between the Iowa renewable fuels industry and the customer,” Northey said. “Both Kum & Go and Cobb Oil Company have gone to great lengths to promote both ethanol and biodiesel, and these awards are an opportunity to recognize them for their efforts.”Ethanol
Kyle Krause of Kum & Go is the winner of the 2008 Secretary’s Ethanol Marketing Award. As president and CEO of Kum & Go, Kyle Krause has made his family-owned company a cutting-edge innovator in the delivery of alternative fuel choices. Kum & Go was one of the first convenient store chains in the nation to offer a 10-percent ethanol blend and since 1997 Kum & Go has offered E-85, a fuel mixture of about 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
Kum & Go’s total reduction of fossil fuel dependency was more than 18 million gallons from ethanol in 2007. The company currently offers 25 E85 fueling sites nationwide, including 15 in Iowa, which is the most of any company. And those numbers continue to grow, with two new Kum & Go E85 locations scheduled to open in the next two weeks.
Besides offering ethanol and E85 at its stores, under Krause’s leadership Kum & Go has gone to great lengths to raise awareness of the benefits of renewable fuels. Last summer Kum & Go gave away three FlexFuel Chevy Impalas that can run on E85, more than $20,000 in ethanol gas and $15,000 worth of stock in VeraSun Energy, one of the largest producers of ethanol in the United States.
Mark and Laurie Cobb of Cobb Oil Company are the winners of the 2008 Secretary’s Biodiesel Marketing Award. Cobb Oil currently offers biodiesel blends at four of their retail outlets and, as a result, has sold several million gallons of bio-blended diesel in the past 18 months. Also, by competitively pricing the bulk biodiesel, they have effectively encouraged its use by their farm customers.
Besides selling biodiesel, Cobb Oil uses it extensively. Every fuel truck that Cobb Oil has uses biodiesel. They have also utilized funds from the Iowa Department of Economic Development to help their associate dealers and distributors market and promote biodiesel by installing a heated storage tank and using an insulated fuel trailer.
Iowa has 28 ethanol refineries with the capacity to produce over 2 billion gallons annually. Iowa only uses approximately 1.6 billion gallons of gasoline annually, which makes the state a net exporter of gasoline product, without pumping a single gallon of oil from the ground.
In addition, Iowa has 16 biodiesel refineries with a combined annual capacity of over 350 million gallons either in operation or under construction.
“Iowa is truly the national leader in renewable fuels, and that would not be possible without support from retailers across the state that market these home-grown fuels,” Northey said.READ MORE
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