Show Me the Money: $5.5 Million Available for the Expansion of Ethanol Blends
On August 4, 2009 the Department of Energy ("DOE") issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement ("FOA") to deploy $5.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("Recovery Act") to be used to increase the availability and use of gasoline/ethanol blends up to E85 (85% ethanol). These funds are being deployed across two areas of interest.
- Topic Area #1: Refueling Infrastructure for Higher Ethanol Blends
This topic area will fund projects that expand the infrastructure at retail fuel locations to accommodate ethanol blends up to E85. Individual projects may include modifications, upgrades or expansion of existing infrastructure at retail gas stations or the creation of new infrastructure to accommodate higher ethanol blends. Relevant infrastructure includes dispensing equipment, storage tanks and systems for tracking the amount of ethanol dispensed.
DOE has dedicated $3.5 million to this topic area and hopes to fund up to 30 individual projects with awards of $50,000 to $200,000 per project. Applicants must provide 50% cost share.
- Topic Area #2: Outreach for Higher Ethanol Blends
This topic area is aimed at increasing public awareness through national campaigns to inform the public on the benefits, safety and use requirements of higher ethanol blends up to E85. Projects that include materials as part of a dispenser display showing fuel energy content, mileage impact, costs per mile and greenhouse gas reductions are encouraged.
DOE has dedicated $2 million to this topic area and anticipates making five individual awards between $250,000 and $1 million per project. There is no cost-sharing requirements for this topic area.
All types of domestic entities are encouraged to apply except for federal agencies, non-DOE federally funded research and development center contractors and nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995.
Submission Due Dates
Interested parties must submit applications by October 4, 2009 at 11:59 PM Eastern. If you have questions about any of these FOAs or other renewable energy issues, or if you would like to discuss the possibility of your project applying for these or other government funds, please contact:
David Benson at (206) 386-7584 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet F. Jacobs at (206) 386-7582 or email@example.com
J. Graham Noyes at (206) 386-7615 or firstname.lastname@example.org
John Laney at (206) 386-7559 or email@example.com
Marcus Wood at (503) 294-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Holmes at (503) 294-9207 or email@example.com
Greg Jenner at (612) 373-8857 or firstname.lastname@example.org
John McKinsey at (916) 319-4746 or email@example.com
Seth Hilton at (916) 319-4749 or firstname.lastname@example.org