The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking public input to help with the creation of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), a new program that will expand the availability of domestic ethanol and biodiesel by incentivizing the expansion of sales of renewable fuels.
Expanding the sale of biofuels will provide consumers with more choices when they fill up at the pump, including environmentally-friendly fuel with decreased emissions, driving demand for our farmers and improving the air we breathe. This effort will build on the biofuels infrastructure investments and experience gained through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership, which USDA administered through state and private partners from 2016 to 2019.
This Request for Information solicits comments on options for ethanol and biodiesel infrastructure, innovation, products, technology, and data-derived processes. USDA is seeking input from the public, including but not limited to retail fueling stations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, and similar entities with capital investments; equipment providers, equipment installers, certification entities, and other upstream and downstream manufacturers; fuel distribution centers, including terminals and depots; and those performing innovative research or developing enabling platforms and applications in manufacturing, energy production, and agriculture.
USDA is seeking comments on notable gaps, vulnerabilities, and areas to promote. The information can include suggestions on the areas of highest priority within the new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, as well as past and future Federal Government efforts to build, promote, and sustain the sale and use of renewable fuels.
The pubic input received will inform USDA, as well as the private sector and other stakeholders with interest in and expertise relating to such a promotion.
Comments in response to this notice should be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal by selecting the "Comment Now!" button. Comments must be received by 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on January 30, 2020.
For additional information, see page 2699 of the January 16, 2020, Federal Register.