With the US Department for Agriculture’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Programme (HBIIP) deadline one month away, the Renewable Fuels Association is warning retailers that any delays may threaten their ability to complete the registration and application process in time.
RFA Director of Market Development Cassie Mullen said: “As retailers approach the final laps in this race, it’s now more important than ever to have every tool available at your disposal to secure a successful award.”
Among the important tools available to interested retailers are: Application assistance from grant-writing experts; equipment compatibility analyses and site surveys; and assistance related to pursuing additional funding opportunities for equipment upgrades.
These services are provided to retailers by RFA and the National Corn Growers Association.
HBIIP is a $100 million (€88 million) retailer grant programme 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 (€75 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.
Application must be submitted, online only, 13 August.
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