The Iowa Power Fund Board has approved more than $4.2 million in funding for three energy projects that it says will generate $21 million.
Among the energy projects, Avello Bioenergy Inc. of Boone was awarded $2.5 million to build a demonstration-scale biomass plant. The plant will use local farm-based renewable resources to make sustainable petroleum replacements and other fuels for market development.
AmbroZea of Ames was awarded $1.5 million for a project involving biotechnology in Iowa's fuel-ethanol industry. And Indigo Dawn LLC of Des Moines will receive $225,000 to turn a two-story brick building in downtown Des Moines into an energy efficient building.
The Iowa Power Fund Board says it has awarded more than $47 million for 37 projects.