Missouri funding up to $2 million in biodiesel infrastructure projects
The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced Sept. 1 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 Sept. 30 and projects receiving funds will be notified no later than Oct. 31.
The MASBDA board of directors has approved up to $4 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.
“MASBDA is proud to play a part in expanding the opportunity for increased biofuel in Missouri,” said Jill Wood, executive director of MASBDA. “An investment in biofuel is an investment in Missouri agriculture with the increased demand for soybeans and corn, two of Missouri’s top commodities.”
Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, costs associated with the construction, installation, upgrade or retrofit of:
Underground or aboveground storage tanks
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 Aaron Porter, 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.”
Clint Stephens, chairman of the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, said, “We appreciate the continued collaboration with elected officials and MASBDA in helping provide drivers with additional options at the pump through these infrastructure opportunities across the state. This program is a great example of an effective public-private partnership that increases access to cost-effective, Missouri-made renewable fuel, provides cleaner air, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. It’s a win all the way around.”
Within each fuel category, up to 75 percent of the funds will be awarded to Tier 1 projects. 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. The maximum grant award for Tier 1 entities is 50 percent of eligible costs or $500,000, whichever is less.
Tier 2—Any fuel retailer with five or fewer stations, fleet operations or individual businesses. The maximum grant award for Tier 2 entities is 75 percent of eligible costs or $250,000, whichever is less.
For more information on the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program or the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority, please visit MASBDA.com. To contact a member of the MASBDA team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-751-2129.