What is the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program?
The purpose of the HBIIP is to increase significantly the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. The program is also intended to encourage a more comprehensive approach to market higher blends by sharing the costs related to building out biofuel-related infrastructure.
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Biofuels, which contribute to energy security, reduce air pollution, and support rural economic development, are an important market for the U.S.
Approximately 96 percent of the vehicles on the road today, roughly 290 million, are legally approved to use E15. E15 is fully approved for use in cars, SUVs, pickups, vans, or other light duty vehicles manufactured after the year 2000. In addition, there are more than 22 million flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) on the road in the United States, roughly 8 percent of all vehicles, that can use ethanol blends up to E85. All diesel vehicles can operate on B20.
The expansion of biofuel infrastructure, as facilitated by HBIIP, broadens the availability of renewable fuels like E15, E85, and B20, and helps American families save money at the pump while reducing carbon emissions and harmful tailpipe pollution. Expanded use of higher blends of biofuels also boosts the availability of skilled jobs with good wages in rural communities and bolsters the employment of U.S. military veterans.