Blender Pump Incentive Grants Still Available to Retailers

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Federal funds are available yet in South Dakota to help retailers install ethanol blender pumps at gas stations across the state, said Hunter Roberts, state energy policy director.

The program is funded with money allocated to South Dakota through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus).

Blender pumps allow motorists to select the amount of ethanol in fuels, starting with the traditional 10 percent blend and moving up to blends of 20, 30 and 85 percent ethanol.

Roberts said blender pump grants totaling $350,000 have been awarded so far in 13 communities, including Aberdeen, Chancellor, Faulkton, Freeman, Garretson, Howard, Ipswich, LakePreston, Menno, Mobridge, Sisseton, Tyndall and Yankton.

“These pumps will allow consumers to choose the ethanol blends that are the most economical and cost-efficient for their vehicles,” Roberts said. “Ethanol is a home-grown success story in South Dakota, and this is a welcome expansion of marketing efforts.”

Studies have shown that mid-level ethanol blends can improve the fuel efficiency of many vehicles.

Legislation signed by Gov. Mike Rounds on March 11 sets a $1 million limit on blender pump grants.

Eligible retail fuel dealers may qualify for grants of up to $10,000 per pump to defray the cost of installing blender pumps. Grant requests will be accepted until the close of business on May 21. The new pumps must be in place by December.

For more information about blender pump grants, go to: www.sdreadytowork.com/blender_pumps.aspx , e-mail hunter.roberts@state.sd.us , or call 605-773-3301.


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