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“E15 has given Minnesota consumers an additional choice of gasoline at a lower price while increasing the overall volume of product sold at the retail site.  Minnesota consumers welcome the new opportunity for a cheaper alternative to gasoline as there have been very little complaints or mis-fueling of E15 leaving an overall refreshing experience for everyone."
- Lance Klatt, Executive Director of Minnesota Service Station Association

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 Blender Pump Pilot Program provides up to $5,000 for each qualified station dispensing mid-level ethanol blends. Projects must meet the application requirements and receive approval from Colorado Corn and the Colorado Department of Oil and Public Safety. Funding is available for up to ten stations in the state. Contact Katrina Davis, Ethanol Project Manager at Colorado Corn for more information. Phone: (970) 351-8201; Email: kdavis@coloradocorn.com .
 

Indiana

The Flex Fuel Pump Program offers fuel retailers grants up to 50 percent or $20,000 (whichever is less) toward the purchase of a flex fuel pump, hardware and storage tank or the conversion of an existing pump to a blender pump. The program is open to both new and existing stations in Indiana. Currently, fuel dispenser manufacturer Dresser Wayne and OES, a Gilbarco supplier for Indiana and Kentucky, are also working with ICMC to support the program through equipment discounts to fuel retailers that qualify for the grants. For more information on the Flex Fuel Pump Program, call (317) 644.0980 or email cornethanolinfo@indianacorn.org . Applications are available to download at www.incorn.org.

Illinois

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Renewable Fuels Development Program partners with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board to fund new E85 fueling infrastructure at retail gasoline stations. The American Lung Association of Illinois-Iowa administers the grants for 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 Jack Rusher at the American Lung Association, Jack.Rusher@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. The Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board was established under the guidance of the Iowa Department of Economic Development; this 11-member board has authority to determine the eligibility of applicants. 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

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are offering funding assistance to fuel retailers for the installation of equipment to dispense ethanol blended fuels from E15 to E85. Assistance amounts are based on the extent to which the installation meets project priorities.  Contact Kelly Marczak, Director at the American Lung Association in Minnesota for more information and program information. Phone: (651) 268-7590; Email: kelly.marczak@lung.org

Nebraska

The grant program is $25,000 for the first pump and installation and $10,000 for the second pump, 50 percent of the price signage costs up to $5,000 is also eligible for the grant program.  There is $40,000 maximum available per retail location for blender pumps. This money is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the money is exhausted. After that, retailers will be added to a waiting list. If additional funds become available, funding will be awarded in the order applications are received. For more information, contact Kimberly Clark, (402) 471-2676 or email kim.clark@nebraska.gov .

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.