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Millions in state funding will install 106 new blender pumps and 17 underground storage tanks in Iowa

This news story was published on March 15, 2016.
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DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that $2.5 million has been awarded through the 2nd round of the “Fueling Our Future 100” initiative to support the installation of 106 new blender pumps and 17 underground storage tanks that can be used to distribute higher blends of renewable fuels.  The funds are being awarded to 16 fuel retailers to assist in installing renewable fuels infrastructure at 35 sits across the state.

A full list of sites receiving funding is here.

In total, 213 blender pumps and 24 underground storage tanks will be installed at 73 sites by 20 companies to provide consumers with access to higher blends of ethanol through the program.

“Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuel production,” said Branstad.  “I’m pleased to see the 2nd round of funding being awarded to support another 106 new blender pumps and 17 underground storage tanks that will be used for renewable fuel in our state.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds added, “We announced an initial award in January to install 107 new blender pumps and 8 underground tanks.  This second round of funding will ensure that even more fueling stations around Iowa will be able to offer customers a higher blend of Iowa renewable fuel.”

“Thanks to the investments made by the state, the federal government and by these companies, customers will have greater access to higher blends of renewable fuels. This will increase consumer choice at the pump and allow them to increase the amount of clean burning, homegrown renewable fuels they use,” Northey said.

The funding for the projects is from a $5 million competitive grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program Iowa received to support the initiative.  All funds must be matched by non-federal funds, including up to $2.5 million from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure program.  The fueling sites applying for assistance will also be required to provide a minimum of $2.5 million.

Pumps and tanks funded through this program are currently required to be operational by December 31, 2016 and continue operations for the intended purpose of dispensing higher blends of ethanol through December 30, 2021.

This new program is a partnership across state government, including collaboration between the Governor’s office, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Transportation, and Iowa Economic Development Authority.

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7 Responses to Millions in state funding will install 106 new blender pumps and 17 underground storage tanks in Iowa

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Most state vehicles use E 85 so the state vehicle will have ready access to this metal eating elite get rich fuel program. Without Trump 2016 it will be crammed down everyone’s throat.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2016 at 7:02 am

    This is bull. Using our tax money to fund ethanol is not what we pay taxes for,. This is exactly what Trump is all about. Taking money paid to the state to fund roads, bridges and healthcare and using it for special interest is Bull Shit. The feds are going to shut down ethanol as the worthless fuel that it is. It does not help with pollution, destroys mileage and power in engines, waste water, pollutes the atmosphere and soil. It does nothing but put money in the pockets of already rich farmers and then drives up the price of food. If there is that much extra food send it to places where people are starving.

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      joeblow2014 Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

      As usual LVS, you are totally clueless & pulling more BS out of your neither regions.
      Donald Trump wants to INCREASE ethanol use.
      You’re such a dumbass LVS.

      “Donald Trump said that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply.”

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

      LVS-you really need to get your facts straight before you open your pie hole! I think it’s funny how you just ramble on about stuff you want everybody to think you know about. When actually you know very little about anything! What a douche.

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        March 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

        Hey stupid, read it and weap. You can read can’t you. Anyone with a brain knows this crap is bad on you engine. Talk to any mechanic that is worth a crap and he will tell you. Anyone who thinks growing and making this crap doesn’t add to the carbon foot print is a imbecile and you sure fit the description. You are probably one of the cry baby farmers or work for the tax sucking idiots.

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      Sid Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      LVS, check it out, these guys know you.