New grants are being offered to fuel retailers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand ethanol infrastructure. The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) is a $100 million retailer grant program designed to expand the availability and sale of higher blends of ethanol like E15 and E85/Flex Fuel, as well as other renewable fuel blends.
To expand ethanol fuel infrastructure, approximately $86 million of the $100 million will be made available to transportation fueling facilities including fueling stations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, and similar entities.
Awards to successful applicants will be in the form of cost-share grants for up to 50 percent of total eligible project costs, but not to exceed $5 million per applicant. This program will share the costs related to the upgrading of fuel dispensers (gas and diesel pumps), associated ancillary equipment, and other infrastructure necessary for a location to ensure the environmentally safe availability of fuel containing ethanol blends greater than 10 percent such as E15 and E85 or fuel containing biodiesel blends greater than 5 percent.
HBIIP Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
On May 15, USDA began accepting applications for funding for the HBIIP program. Electronic applications must be submitted by Aug. 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Paper applications will not be accepted. USDA intends to announce awards mid-September 2020.
Data Available from RFA Webinars on HBIIP
Download the slides from the June 4 webinar on the HBIIP application and approval process presented by RFA in conjunction with the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association. Sponsored by RFA and the Wisconsin BioFuels Association.
Thanks to financial assistance from NCGA, RFA and USDA hosted webinars on May 22 and May 28. The slides from the May 22 webinar are available here. You can listen to a recording of the webinar here.
Additional Funding for Ethanol Infrastructure
Need Assistance or Have Questions?
RFA is here to help grant applicants. If you have any questions regarding HBIIP grants or other ethanol grants available to retailers, please contact Cassie Mullen, RFA Director of Market Development, via email or by calling (832) 415-7882.