Missouri funding up to $1 million in biodiesel infrastructure projects
The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced Sept. 2 the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. Funds will be awarded to fuel retailers, fuel distributors, terminal companies or fleet operations that dispense, or will soon store or dispense, ethanol blends of E15 or higher or biodiesel blends of B6 or higher.
Applications are due Oct. 29 and projects receiving funds will be notified no later than Nov. 30.
The MASBDA Board of Directors has approved up to $2 million for the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program, with half appropriated to biodiesel projects and half appropriated to ethanol projects. Applicants must be a business entity that is constructing new, retrofitting or improving existing infrastructure or equipment that handles biodiesel fuel, biodiesel blend fuel or ethanol blended gasoline at a facility in Missouri. The project may include multiple locations within the state. The maximum award per category (ethanol or biodiesel) to any single entity is 50 percent of eligible costs, or $250,000, whichever is less.
“An investment in expanding Missouri’s biofuel infrastructure is an investment in Missouri agriculture,” said Jill Wood, MASBDA executive director. “Biofuel production increases the demand for two of Missouri’s top commodities, corn and soybeans, and also benefits livestock producers in the form of soybean meal and dried distiller grains.”
Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, costs associated with the construction, installation, upgrade or retrofit of:
Underground or above-ground storage tanks
Tank system components
Other infrastructure located in Missouri with the sole purpose to ensure the environmentally safe availability of blends of ethanol or biodiesel
“Biodiesel is a Missouri-made, renewable fuel that supports Missouri soybean farmers and provides more options for fuel suppliers and fleets,” said Kyle Durham, chairman of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. “This program is an important step in our efforts to build new demand and access for biodiesel and growth for our economy here in the state.”
Within each fuel category, up to 75 percent of the funds will be awarded to Tier 1 projects and up to 25 percent of funds will be awarded to Tier 2 projects.
Tier 1—Any terminal company, fuel distributor or fuel retailer with more than five locations.
Tier 2—Any fuel retailer with five or fewer station, fleet operations or individual businesses.
Earlier this year, MASBDA awarded nearly $700,000 in funds that will improve and expand infrastructure of the biofuel industry in Missouri by more than 14 million gallons.
For more information on the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program or the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority, visit MASBDA.com. To contact a member of the MASBDA team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-751-2129.