USDA seeks public input on new ethanol, biodiesel infrastructure incentive programme

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued request for public input to help with the creation of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), which aims to expand the availability of US ethanol and biodiesel by incentivising the expansion of sales of renewable fuels.

“Feedback from farmers, retailers and biofuels producers is critical to the success of this future programme,” said agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue. “Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA remains committed to fulfilling a key promise to American farmers to enhance the promotion of biofuels."

A statement from the USDA added: “President Trump has made it abundantly clear he is unleashing the full potential of American energy production as we retake our rightful place as the world’s leader and become energy independent.

“Expanding the sale of biofuels will provide consumers with more choices when they fill up at the pump, including environmentally friendly fuel with decreased emissions, driving demand for our farmers and improving the air we breathe.”

The request for information is seeking insights into options for fuel ethanol and biodiesel infrastructure, innovation, products, technology and data. The USDA is seeking input from the public, including retail fuelling stations, convenience stores, hypermarket fuelling stations, fleet facilities, equipment providers and installers, certification entities, fuel distribution centres (including terminals and depots), as well as those carrying out research and/or developing enabling platforms and applications in manufacturing, energy production and agriculture.