The Commodity Credit Corporation and Rural Business-Cooperative Services have begun the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for transportation fueling and fuel distribution facilities that have converted their facilities through upgrade or installation of equipment to be fully compatible with higher blends of renewable fuel. For the purposes of the program, a higher blend fuel is considered to be any ethanol blend that is greater than 10 percent and any biodiesel blend that is greater than 5 percent. For eligible facilities, grants for up to 50 percent of the total project costs, but not more than $5 million, are possible. Under the HBIIP, up to $100 million will be made available to eligible participants, and will be distributed based on a variety of factors.
To be eligible for this grant, a project must be for the installation, or retro fitting, or otherwise upgrading of fuel dispensers/pumps, related/attached equipment, underground storage tank system components, and other infrastructure required to be compatible with higher blends that has met the minimum requirements of EPA’s Underground Storage Tank Regulations, and other Federal, State, and local regulations or codes. Additionally, this funding can be applied only to projects that will be completed after the application window opens (around May 15) . Some examples of eligible projects are:
- Retrofitting of existing, or purchase and installation of new fuel dispenser and attached equipment;
- Construction, retrofitting, replacement, and improvements;
- Fees for construction permits and licenses, and
- Professional service fees for qualified consultants, contractors, installers, and other third-party services
The application window is estimated to begin around May 15. To apply visit the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. All applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management prior to submitting an application. Additionally, all applicants must have a DUNS/Unique Entity Identifier. The deadline to apply for this grant is 90 days from the date the application becomes available which, at the earliest, is August 12, 2020.