USDA offers infrastructure grants for higher biofuel blend options

The USDA says it will award grants for infrastructure allowing higher blends of biofuels. Helping fuel retailers and distributors put in equipment for higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel will lead to increased usage, according to Steve Censky, Deputy Secretary at the USDA.

“If they get used to [higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel], and they’re offered a choice, we think more and more consumers will choose it,” said Censky, in an interview provided by the USDA, “and that’s that kind of market based demand that we’re really looking to try to incentivize.”

The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program offers $86 million for ethanol-related projects and $14 million for biodiesel, said Censky.

“We want to make sure that we get more choices out there and we get Americans used to buying higher blends of fuel,” he said.

The window to apply for the 50 percent cost share grants is open until August 13th.

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