Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores honored by National Biodiesel Industry for energy leadership
Casey’s General Stores received an award last week at the National Biodiesel Board’s annual conference for becoming a leading provider of biodiesel at stores across the nation. NBB annually acknowledges biodiesel champions with the organization’s “Eye on Biodiesel” awards. Nathaniel Doddridge, Casey’s director of fuels, accepted the “Impact Award” on behalf of the company.
Iowa Biodiesel Board Executive Director Grant Kimberley and other Iowans attending the conference praised Casey’s General Stores for its growing commitment to biodiesel. Based in Ankeny, Casey’s has 1,500 stores nationwide that offer biodiesel — with 256 of those in Iowa.
“The state of Iowa leads the way in clean energy production, and we’re thrilled that Casey’s has made biodiesel available to such a broad consumer base,” said Kimberley. “Their signature red signs may be associated with the chain’s ‘famous for pizza’ slogan, but we’re happy they may be famous for biodiesel, too!”
Kimberley pointed to Iowa’s comprehensive state policies, including a fuel retailer’s tax incentive, which encourages retailers like Casey’s to add biodiesel blends to their product line. Kimberley spoke at the NBB conference about Iowa’s successful implementation of these policies.
Doddridge says Casey’s sells a blend of 11 percent biodiesel (B11) at most Iowa locations, due to a partial sales tax exemption on blends higher than B10.
“Casey’s General Stores are located in rural communities across the heartland,” said Doddridge. “Biodiesel is a natural fit for us, especially since most of our stores are located in the areas where the original feedstock for biodiesel is grown on local farms.”
More than 86 Iowans, including farmers, representatives of the biofuels industry and others are attending the conference. That’s more than ten percent of the event’s nearly 800 registrants.
Biodiesel — made from a variety of resources including soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats — is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide.