South Dakota Reviewing Blender Pump Grant Applications
by Hank Behar (Convenience Store News) …Now the South Dakota legislature, recognizing the benefits of ethanol blending by retailers, has taken a giant step to encourage the practice by offering gas stations one-time grants of up to $10,000 per blender pump to offset the cost of installation. Among the qualifications for the funding is having a minimum of four hoses, and dispensing at least E10, E15 and E85. (North Dakota also has a funding program, offering $5,000 per pump, with a limit of $40,000 per station.)
“Blender pumps are beneficial to marketers who want to give their flex fuel customers a choice of blend,” said Dawna Leitzke, executive director of the South Dakota Petroleum and Propane Marketers Association.
South Dakota retailers have been offering such blends since 2006 when Leitzke wrote to EPA to clarify which ones could legally be sold for flex fuel vehicles. READ MORE