Clean Fuels: Ohio
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The American Lung Association (ALA) the Upper Midwest in partnership with the ALA of the Midland States administers the Ohio Ethanol Infrastructure Development Program (OEIDP) in partnership with the Ohio Corn Marketing Board. The program is designed to accelerate the use and availability of E85 fuel and other mid-level blends of ethanol as a clean burning, renewable alternative to conventional unleaded gasoline in the state of Ohio. The use of ethanol-based fuels reduces the outflow of energy dollars from the region, benefits the environment, and improves the rural economy. UL Certified E85-compatible dispensers are now available from both Dresser Wayne and Gilbarco Veeder-Root.
The OEIDP funds the installation of new E85 refueling outlets serving the general public. Flex Fuel Blender Dispensers capable of dispensing multiple mid-level blend of ethanol (E15, E20, E30, E85, etc.) and multiple E15 Dispensers will be considered. Eligible costs for new facilities include ethanol-tolerant tanks, piping, pumps and dispensing equipment (including mid-ethanol blenders). The Program also funds the costs of converting existing retail stations to E85 operation. In the case of conversions, eligible costs include tank cleaning and ethanol-tolerant dispensing equipment.
Due to limited funding, the OEIDP is primarily looking to support a large number of conversions of conventional gasoline facilities to Flex Fuel Dispensers with availability of E85 and mid-level ethanol blends by working with the owners and operators of stations seeking to convert multiple locations. Facilities located in or near "priority" areas within the state of Ohio (section 2.3) are preferred.
Funding through the OEIDP is available to offset the costs of:
- up to $15,000 for a single station installing of a new blender pump or E85 dispenser
- up to $75,000 for four stations installing a new blender pump or E85 dispenser at each location.
Stations interested in applying to the Ohio Ethanol Infrastructure Development Program will be required to:
- Complete a Grant Application,
- Must operate in the State of Ohio,
- Agree to a 2-year commitment to selling E85 and/or mid-level ethanol bend (E15, E20, E30, etc.)
- Must follow additional terms and conditions as outlined by our program partners.
For more information on this program please contact
American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
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