Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

PROGRAM STATUS:

Closed

What does this program do?

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.

Who may apply?

Transportation fueling facilities including:

  • Fueling stations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, and similar entities with capital investments;

Fuel distribution facilities, such as:

  • Terminal operations, depots, and midstream partners, and similarly equivalent operations.

What funding is available?

Under HBIIP up to $100 million is made available to eligible participants.

Approximately $86 million will be made available to transportation fueling facilities including:

  • Fueling stations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, and similar entities with capital investments) for eligible implementation activities related to higher blends of fuel ethanol greater than 10 percent ethanol, such as E15 or higher; Approximately $14 million will be made available to transportation fueling facilities and fuel distribution facilities including:
  • Terminal operations, depots, and midstream partners, for eligible implementation activities related to higher blends of biodiesel greater than 5 percent biodiesel, such as B20 or higher.

What are the terms?

Awards to successful applicants will be in the form of cost-share grants for up to 50 percent of total eligible project costs, but not to exceed $5 million, whichever is less.

How do we get started?

Click the “To Apply” tab above for application instructions and other resources.

Who can answer questions?

Anthony Crooks
(202)205-9322
EnergyPrograms@usda.gov

Persons with disabilities that require alternative means for communication should contact the USDA Target Center at (202)720–2600 (voice).

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps increase American energy independence. It increases the private sector supply of renewable energy.

This program will share the costs related to the upgrading of fuel dispensers (gas and diesel pumps), related equipment, and other infrastructure required at a location to ensure the environmentally safe availability of fuel containing ethanol blends greater than 10 percent or fuel containing biodiesel blends greater than 5 percent.

NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change, please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled “What law governs this program?” You may also contact your local office for assistance.

There are no additional requirements at the national level. 

Consult your State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for any additional state and/or local requirements and available resources.

You may also consult your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator.


 

Past Webinars

Environmental Review

Introduction of HBIIP

Anthony Crooks
(202)205-9322
EnergyPrograms@usda.gov

Consult your State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for any additional state and/or local requirements and available resources.

You may also consult your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator.

Persons with disabilities that require alternative means for communication should contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Target Center at (202)720–2600 (voice).