The application window is open for another round of grants in the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels (HHF) Blender Pump Program. The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) are part of the partnership providing grants for retailer pump infrastructure for E15 and E85 ethanol blends.
With help from USDA grant money, Megan Kuhn with the corn checkoff says the program is “really to help leverage the efforts we’re already doing as a corn checkoff to work with fuel retailers to get more of these ethanol blender pumps out there. So the grant program just really take it one step further, to use the funds we already had dedicated and then to leverage to get additional federal funds brought in so we can go from putting in 25-40 pumps to more than 70 from the first three rounds at 25 different stations across the state.”
New applicants can receive a share of $122,687.29 in this fourth round of applications, following more than $1.3 million in grants over the first three rounds. Kuhn explains many of those retailers have a commitment to customer choice at the pump.
“The companies that have already participated in the first three rounds of the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels already had a commitment to using renewable fuels, to giving their customers that option. This really just allows them to grow the number of pumps more quickly.”
Kuhn is Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Indiana Corn.
In addition to OED and ICMC, other partners are the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Greater Indiana Clean Cities and South Shore Clean Cities. A minimum of two and a maximum of five dispensers, per pump location, are eligible for funds.
Applications for the HHF grant program can be mailed to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com through April 25, 2017. Program guidelines are available at www.in.gov/oed/2736.htm.
Grant recipients will be asked to track their ethanol volume sales and marketing efforts through 2017 and their ethanol sales through 2022. This data will help OED and ICMC measure the impact of the new ethanol fueling infrastructure.
Those selected to receive a 2017 HHF grant will be notified by letter and email no later than May 10, 2017.
About the Indiana Office of Energy Development
The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) was established to shepherd the state’s energy plan. OED focuses on the development and implementation of comprehensive planning for the state that utilizes all of Indiana’s energy resources and supports a strong, dynamic and growing economy. OED coordinates state energy policy with executive branch agencies, houses energy-related programs and works to support a strong, comprehensive, coordinated energy plan for Indiana. The office also administers grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. These grants promote the use of alternative power and fuels, energy efficiency and public education on energy issues in Indiana.
Source: Indiana OED