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"I project in the future there are two retailers. Those that currently sell E15 and those that will be selling E15. The customers that use E15 can't believe why you wouldn't want to use E15. By offering E15 it sets us apart from every other retailer in the market with the lower price point on the sign. As a third generation owner/operator of Hennen's Auto Service we have been serving our customer automotive needs since 1958. I have been selling E15 to our customers since the fall of 2013. Since I introduced the higher level blend of ethanol there has not been one complaint do to mileage loss or engine performance. Only positive comments with drivability and the lower cost at the pump. Today's cars are designed to utilize the higher octane to improve performance threw different computer management systems. I see higher level blends of ethanol like E15 being the next fuel of future.
- Joel Hennen, President, Owner, Hennen’s Auto Service, Shakopee, MN

Equipment Grants and Tax Incentives


Many states offer incentives for flex fuel pump installations. Check with local administrators for program details.

Several organizations and federal agencies have programs in place to help bridge the gap in retail ethanol infrastructure such as Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Clean Cities, State Petroleum Marketers and the Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center, which helps you navigate federal and state laws and incentives for alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.

Colorado

The Colorado Corn Growers Association is offering financial incentives to encourage retailers to install infrastructure to support blender programs. Please contact Katrina Davis, Ethanol Project Manager at Colorado Corn for more information. Phone: (970) 351-8201; Email: kdavis@coloradocorn.com .
 

Indiana

The Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Grant Program (HHF) seeks to increase the availability of and use of higher ethanol blends in Indiana. The HHF program pays for the purchase of blender pump dispensers and hanging hardware to dispense E15-E85 for a minimum period of five years (December 2016-December 2021) The HHF program will fund approximately 110 new ethanol pumps in the state. Currently, Indiana has 185 dedicated ethanol refueling stations with fuels above e10. To learn more email Ken Parrent,  KParrent@indianasoybean.com . Applications are available to download at www.in.gov/oed/2736.htm

Illinois

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the American Lung Association in Illinois partner to fund new E85 fueling infrastructure at retail gasoline stations. The American Lung Association of Illinois administers the grants up to $15,000 for a blender pump installation, $10,000 for a new E85 dispenser installation, and $7,500 to convert existing stations to dispense E85. The maximum grant of $15,000 per facility or $75,000 for four or more facilities. For more information, contact John DeRosa at the American Lung Association, John.DeRosa@lung.org or (217) 787-5864.

Iowa

The Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Program provides financial assistance to E85 and biodiesel retailers. Cost-share grants are available for up to 70 percent of the total cost of the project, or $50,000, whichever is less, to upgrade or install new E85 or biodiesel infrastructure. Applicants may also qualify for supplemental incentives of up to 75 percent of the cost of making the improvement, or $30,000, whichever is less, to upgrade or replace an E85 fueling dispenser that has not been approved by an independent testing laboratory. For more information, email businessfinance@iowa.gov or visit www.iowalifechanging.com. Or contact Harold Hommes, Marketing and Renewable Fuels Program at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Phone: (515) 242-6237; Email: harold.hommes@iowaagriculture.gov

Kentucky

The Kentucky Corn Growers Association (KyCGA) offers grants of $5,000 per pump to retailers installing new E85 dispensers. For more information, see the KyCGA E85 Dispenser Incentive Program website.

Minnesota

For more information about incentive programs for ethanol infrastructure or  marketing in Minnesota, Contact Kelly Marczak, Director at the American Lung Association. Phone: (651) 268-7590; Email: kelly.marczak@lung.org

Ohio

The Ohio Corn Marketing Program Awards Ethanol Infrastructure Grants available, up to $15,000 for a single fueling station; up to $7,500 for the conversion of either an E85 dispenser or a flex fuel dispenser; or up to $75,000  for a minimum of four seperate stations.

South Dakota

The Ethanol Flex Pump Program has $400,000 in Ethanol infrastructure incentive program funding available until June 30, 2015. The first $320,000 of qualifying project applications will be awarded on a completive basis following  the completion of the first phase of funding. For more information, contact the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development: Paul.Mehlhaff@state.sd.us

Wisconsin

A tax credit is available for 25 percent of the cost to install or retrofit fueling pumps that dispense gasoline fuel blends of at least 85 percent ethanol or diesel fuel blends of at least 20 percent biodiesel fuel, or that mix fuel from separate storage tanks and allow the user to select the percentage of renewable fuel. The maximum credit amount is $5,000 per taxable year for each fueling station that has installed or retrofitted a pump. The credit must be claimed within four years of the tax return. The credit expires December 31, 2017.