USDA to provide funding for blender pumps
The USDA is now accepting applications from gasoline retailers to install blender pumps through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The Obama administration has set a goal of installing 10,000 flexible fuel pumps nationwide within five years.
“More blender pumps mean more consumers will finally have the choice and flexibility they deserve to pick the ethanol blends that work for them based on their vehicle, their beliefs and their budget,” said Robert White, director of market development, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). He said that the Blend Your Own (BYO) Ethanol campaign (www.BYOEthanol.com), a collaboration between RFA and the American Coalition for Ethanol, will help retailers apply for these funds.
“This announcement can be very positive for expanding the availability of renewable fuels to consumers, by making more funding available to petroleum marketers for installation of pumps that make fuel choices, including a greater number of ethanol blends, available to consumers, said Ron Lamberty, vice president/market development, American Coalition for Ethanol.
“USDA’s energy programs are helping to build a clean energy economy, while creating green jobs here at home and making our nation more energy secure in the long-term,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said recently.
A Federal Register notice on these clarifications will be published in the near future, and USDA will host a series of informational meetings and workshops to explain the rule changes and to bring stakeholders together to advance retail Flex-Fuel installations. For information on the meeting in your state, contact for your Rural Development office. A list of these offices can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/StateOfficeAddresses.html.