DOE Announces Recovery Act Funding of up to $5.5 million for Ethanol Blends Infrastructure and Outreach

August 5, 2009

As part of the ongoing effort to support the development of domestic renewable fuels, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the availability of up to $5.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to increase the use of higher ethanol blends up to E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline) by expanding refueling infrastructure and launching targeted outreach to promote public awareness.

Today's Funding Opportunity Announcement targets two areas of interest:

Refueling Infrastructure for Higher Ethanol Blends ($3.5 million) - DOE seeks to fund 15 to 30 cost-shared projects that will expand the infrastructure at retail fueling locations to accommodate blends up to E85. Potential projects may include modifications, upgrades, or expansions of existing fuel pumps and other infrastructure at retail stations or the installation of new equipment to accommodate the higher ethanol blends. DOE is especially interested in supporting the development of fueling availability along major driving corridors at intervals no more than 100 miles apart.

Outreach for Higher Ethanol Blends ($2 million) - DOE will select up to five national campaign projects that will raise public awareness of the benefits, safety, and use requirements of higher ethanol blends up to E85. This effort will help promote the use of renewable fuels to decrease dependence on petroleum.

The FOA is available at FedConnect, and can be found by searching for Reference Number DE-FOA-0000125. Applications for this FOA are due October 4, 2009.

For details on this and other U.S. Department of Energy projects funded by the Recovery Act, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Recovery And Reinvestment Web site. To learn more about biofuels R&D and ethanol blends, visit the DOE Biomass Program Web site.