Funds available for retailers to install new ethanol dispensers, tanks and other equipment
The Ohio Corn Marketing Program has announced the launch of an ethanol infrastructure grant program for retailers in the state. The program, in partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the American Lung Association of the Midland States, will provide funding to fuel retailers for help with ethanol-blended fuel-dispensing equipment at stations throughout Ohio.
The grant funds may be used for the installation of new E85 refueling outlets serving the general public. According to the program’s website, “Flex Fuel Blender Dispensers capable of dispensing multiple midlevel blend of ethanol (E15, E20, E30, E85, etc.) and multiple E15 Dispensers will be considered.” Included in the program will be funding for new facilities for the installation of ethanol-tolerant tanks, piping, pumps and dispensing equipment, as well as funding for existing locations to convert retail stations to E85 operations.
Funding will be available for up to $15,000 for a single station installing a new blender pump or E85 dispenser and up to $75,000 for four stations installing a new blender pump or E85 dispenser at each location. As part of the funding, retailers must agree to a two-year commitment to sell the ethanol fuel blends.