Missouri launches Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

By Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority | September 09, 2021

On Sept. 2, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced 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, 2021, and projects receiving funds will be notified no later than Nov. 30, 2021.

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 MASBDA Executive Director Jill Wood. “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:

    •Fuel dispensers/pumps

    •Related/attached equipment

    •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 Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Chairman Kyle Durham of Norborne. “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.”

“Ethanol is a high octane, performance fuel that provides cleaner air, better fuel economy, cost savings at the pump and is ready and available today,” said Missouri Corn Merchandising Council Chairman Jay Schutte of Benton City. “This program provides another great opportunity to increase options for drivers across the state while supporting Missouri farmers and rural communities.”

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.
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, please visit MASBDA.com. To contact a member of the MASBDA team, email masbda@mda.mo.gov or call (573) 751-2129.

 

 

 

 
 
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