Attention retailers:
Grant requirements have changed since workshop. Successful grant recipients must maintain funded equipment, offering consumers the selected higher ethanol blend, for a minimum of five years after project deployment period ends on December 31, 2016.”

On September 10th, the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED), was announced as one of 21 state recipients of grant funds from the USDA, Farm Services Administration, for the installation of higher ethanol blender pumps, through their Bio-fuels Infrastructure Program (BIP).

Wednesday, October 28, USDA Secretary Vilsack officially announced the award of nearly $100 million in federal funds to deploy higher ethanol blends in 21 states.

StatePrimary Responsible State Agency/OfficeBIP Federal Funding AmountProposed StationsProposed PumpsProposed Tanks
IndianaIndiana Office of Energy Development$895,000.001101100


See the full listing of all awards HERE

Hoosier drivers will soon have more options at the pump

Federal and private funds will support installation of 110 new ethanol pumps INDIANAPOLIS

The Indiana Office of Energy Development announced that Indiana will receive $895,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the new Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). The grant will be combined with an investment from the Indiana Corn Marketing Council to support the final development of 110 new ethanol pumps in the state. Currently, Indiana has 185 dedicated ethanol refueling stations offering ethanol blends above E10.  Total grant funds to be made available is $1,345,000.

Indiana Office of Energy Development – BIP Announcement Press Release

In anticipation of Indiana’s funding announcement, a retailer workshop was held on October 26th providing Indiana retailers with information on dispensing, marketing, sighting and purchasing of higher ethanol blended fuels.  Industry experts provided this information to aide retailers in determining if there is opportunity for higher ethanol blends to be a part of their transportation energy portfolio.

Check back to this site for updates and the pending funding opportunity announcement.


Presentations and Pending Funding Overview from Indiana Fuel Retailer Workshop

John DiMartini – The Andersons – Ethanol Blended Fuel Purchasing Model

John Childes – Mid-Valley Supply – Higher Ethanol Blender Pumps – UL Certified Dispensers for E15 – E85

Ken Parrent – Indiana Corn Marketing Council – E15 to E85 Labeling, Dispensing Regulations, Guidelines and Requirements

Todd Garner – Protec Fuels – Higher Ethanol Blends Selling Outside Corn Belt

Robert White – RFA – Market & Profit Opportunities for Higher Ethanol Blends

Cary Aubrey – IOED – Overview of Pending Funding Opportunity – Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Guidelines


Additional Ethanol Resources, Facts and Figures:

Information can be found at

Energy Security

Depending heavily on foreign petroleum supplies puts the United States at risk for trade deficits and supply disruption. In 2005, 60% of petroleum products were imported, however, that was reduced to 33% in 2013 as a result of increased domestic crude supplies and ethanol production—imports would have reached 41% without ethanol (2014 Ethanol Industry Outlook). The Renewable Fuels Association’s 2013 Ethanol Industry Outlook(PDF) calculated that, from 2005 through 2012, ethanol increased from 1% to 10% of gasoline supply.

Job Impacts

Ethanol production creates jobs in rural areas where employment opportunities are needed. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production in 2013 added more than 87,000 direct jobs across the country, $44 billion to the gross domestic product, and $30.7 billion in household income.

Equipment and Availability

Low-level blends of E10 or less require no special fueling equipment, and they can be used in any conventional gasoline vehicle.

The equipment used to store and dispense ethanol blends above E10 is the same equipment used for gasoline with modifications to some materials. See the Handbook for Handling, Storing, and Dispensing E85 and Other Ethanol-Gasoline Blends(PDF) for detailed information on compatible equipment.

FFVs (which can operate on E85, gasoline, or any blend of the two) are available nationwide as standard equipment with no incremental cost, making them an affordable alternative fuel vehicle option. Fueling stations offering E85 are predominately located in the Midwest. Find E85 fueling stations in your area.

Lower Emissions

The carbon dioxide released when ethanol is burned is balanced by the carbon dioxide captured when the crops are grown to make ethanol. This differs from petroleum, which is made from plants that grew millions of years ago. On a life cycle analysis basis, corn-based ethanol production and use reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by up to 52% compared to gasoline production and use. Cellulosic ethanol use could reduce GHGs by as much as 86%.