Blender Pump Tax Fix Supported by 152 Groups

WASHINGTON, DC — Growth Energy’s request to Congressional tax writers to fix a program intended to promote the installation of fuel pumps that dispense mid- and high-level ethanol blends drew support from a total of 152 organizations – a national coalition that ranged from public policy advocates to private corporations.

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. The letter requests that Congress adopt a technical amendment that would direct the Internal Revenue Service to allow petroleum retailers to receive tax credits up to $50,000, or 50 percent of the total cost of installing alternative fuel dispensing systems, such as ethanol blender pumps. An earlier IRS decision left retailers unable to take the full tax credit.

“When Congress passed the tax credit, it was to ensure support for installing pumps that carry renewable, sustainable fuels like ethanol. But this IRS interpretation is blocking petroleum retailers from obtaining the full amount they are due, as intended by Congress,” Buis said. “Today we have the support of 152 separate groups and organizations from around the country, stating they agree with Growth Energy that Congress should fix the tax credit so IRS will administer the tax credit as intended.”

The full list of organizations that signed on to Growth Energy’s letter follows:
Ag Biomass Council National Farmers Organization
Abengoa Bioenergy (Chesterfield, MO) National Farmers Union
Absolute Energy, LLC (St. Ansgar, IA) National Sorghum Producers Association
Amaizing Energy, LLC (Denison, IA) Nebraska Corn Board
American Agriculture Movement Nebraska Corn Growers Association
American Corn Growers Association Nebraska Ethanol Board
Arkansas Farmers Union Nebraska Farmers Union
Badger State Ethanol, LLC (Monroe, WI) Nebraska Grain and Feed Association
Ball Industrial Services, LLC Nebraska Wheat Growers Association
Big River Resources (West Burlington, IA) Nesika Energy, LLC (Scandia, KS)
Blue Flint Ethanol (Underwood, ND) New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition
Bluestem Capital, Sioux Falls, SD New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Association
Bob Haskins Racing (Poolesville, MD) North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy
Bosselman Energy Inc. (Grand Island, NE) North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association
California Ethanol & Power, LLC North Dakota Farmers Union
California Ethanol Vehicle Coalition North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association
Capital District Clean Cities Coalition (Albany, NY) Ohio Corn Growers Association
Centerpoint Energy Services (Houston, TX) Ohio Ethanol Producers Association
Central Oil & Supply Corp. (Monroe, LA) Oregon Farmers Union
Central Texas Clean Cities Osage Bio Energy, LLC (Glen Allen, VA)
Clean Fuels Development Coalition Osage, Inc. (Salem, VA)
Clean Fuels Ohio Petro Serve, USA (Fargo, ND)
Co-Bank Petroleum Equipment Institute
Colorado Corn Growers Association Petroleum Marketers Association of America
Colorado Farm Bureau Pinal Energy, LLC (Maricopa, AZ)
Conestoga Energy Partners, LLC Platinum Ethanol, LLC (Arthur, IA)
Corn LP, Goldfield, Iowa POET Biorefining (Alexandria, IN)
Dakota Ethanol, LLC (Wentworth, SD) POET Biorefining (Big Stone City, SD)
Davis Oil Company (Perry, GA) POET Biorefining (Bingham Lake, MN)
Dodge City Cooperative (Dodge City, KS) POET Biorefining (Caro, MI)
Dresser Wayne POET Biorefining (Coon Rapids, IA)
East Kansas Agri-Energy POET Biorefining (Corning, IA)
Ethanol Producers and Consumers POET Biorefining (Glenville, MN)
Fagen, Inc. POET Biorefining (Gowrie, IA)
FlexFuel US, LLC (Chicago, IL) POET Biorefining (Groton, SD)
Fremont Industries (Shakopee, MN) POET Biorefining (Hanlontown, IA)
Front Range Energy, LLC (Windsor, CO) POET Biorefining (Hudson, SD)
Gate Petroleum Company (Jacksonville, FL) POET Biorefining (Jewell, IA)
GEA Barr-Rosin Inc. (St. Charles, IL) POET Biorefining (Lake Crystal, MN)
Genencor (Palo Alto, CA) POET Biorefining (Leipsic, OH)
Growth Energy POET Biorefining (Macon, MO)
Golden Triangle Energy (Craig, MO) POET Biorefining (Mitchell, SD)
Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. POET Biorefining (North Manchester, IN)
Hawkeye Energy Holdings (Ames, IA) POET Ethanol Products
Hawkeye Gold (Ames, IA) Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy (Phillipsburg, KS)
Husky Petroleum Equipment (Pacific, MO) Prime BioSolutions (Omaha, NE)
ICM, Inc. PRIME BioSolutions, LLC (Omaha, NE)
Illinois Corn Growers Association Redfield Energy, LLC (Redfield, SD)
Illinois Farmers Union Renewable Fuels Association
Indiana Ethanol Producers Association RenewE85, LLC (Oshkosh, WI)
Indiana Farmers Union Renova Energy (Boise, ID)
International Institute for Ecological Agriculture Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Iowa Biotechnology Association Siouxland Energy and Livestock Cooperative (Sioux Center, IA)
Iowa Corn Growers Association South Dakota Corn Growers Association
Iowa Ethanol Producers Association South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association
Iowa Farmers Union South Dakota Farm Bureau
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association South Dakota Farmers Union
Jefferson City Oil Company (Jefferson City, MO) Southern Pump and Tank Company
Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors Texas Farmers Union
Kansas Corn Growers Association Tharaldson Ethanol (Casselton, ND)
Kansas Ethanol, LLC (Lyons, KS) The Anderson, Inc.
Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association TJ Technologies
Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association Utah Farmers Union
KNC Holdings Petroleum Company (Albany, NY) Utica Energy (Oshkosh, WI)
Lifeline Foods Vertical Software, Inc. (Bartonville, IL)
MFA Oil Company (Columbia, MO) Western Ethanol Company, LLC (Placentia, CA)
Michigan Association of Convenience Stores Western New York Energy, LLC (Medina, NY)
Michigan Corn Growers Association Western Plains Energy (Oakley, KS)
Michigan Petroleum Association White Energy (Russell, KS)
Minnesota Corn Growers Association White Energy, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Minnesota Ethanol Producers Association Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance
Minnesota Farmers Union Wisconsin Corn Growers Association
Missouri Corn Growers Association Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association
Missouri Renewable Fuels Association Women Involved in Farm Economics
National Association of Wheat Growers Worley & Obetz, Inc (Strasburg, PA)
National Corn Growers Association 25×25