USDA Helps Install 266 Blender Pumps through REAP
by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA announced the final round of fiscal year 2011 Renewable Energy for America Program awards on Dec. 14. The awards included grants for 12 blender pump projects in eight states, bringing the total number of REAP-funded projects to 65 so far. As a result, 266 new blender pumps will be installed in 30 states, according to the USDA.
This was the first year blender pump projects qualified for assistance through REAP.
…More than $85 million was awarded through REAP in fiscal year 2011, of which blender pump projects received $4.28 million. The latest round of blender pump grants includes:
Freedom Rock Renewable Fuels LLC, Iowa – two grants totaling $99,503 to install three pumps
Heller Implement Inc., Iowa – $36,001 grant to install three pumps and a new underground biofuel storage tank
Marcus Junction LLC, Iowa – $7,500 grant to install one pump
Mid-Iowa Cooperative, Iowa – $94,211 grant to purchase and install six pumps
CC of Hays Inc., Kansas – $35,925 grant to install one pump, an underground biofuel storage tank and fuel lines
Zeeland Fuel Services LLC, Michigan – $500,000 grant to install seven pumps, multiple underground biofuel storage tanks and associate infrastructure
Farmers Cooperative Oil Co., Minnesota – $68,205 grant to install eight pumps
NCP Fuel Services LLC, Nebraska – $418,250 grant to construct a new fueling station that will include seven pumps
Farmers Union Oil Co. of Velva, North Dakota – $159,739 grant to purchase and install 13 pumps
Stone Oil Co. Inc., South Dakota – $33,307 grant to install pumps