USDA Grant Program Puts Priority on Consumer Choice

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture publicly released its Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership competitive grant program it had announced on May 29, 2015. Following the announcement to make up to 100 million dollars in grants available to qualifying states, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement:

“The USDA, and more specifically Secretary Vilsack, should be commended for outstanding leadership and commitment to increasing the market for renewable fuels. By offering competitive grants to eligible states, with a goal to match funds on a one for one basis, and encouraging public – private partnerships to ensure these infrastructure projects can be completed in the shortest amount of time possible, this program has incredible potential to strengthen our rural economy and bring more renewable fuels into the marketplace.

“Secretary Vilsack has been at the forefront of helping break the near monopoly Big Oil has on the transportation fuel marketplace by advancing policies that will increase consumer access to fuels such as E15, providing American motorists with a choice and savings at the pump. His outstanding leadership is helping bring fuels from the farm to the marketplace that are cleaner burning, less expensive, higher performing and helping reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.”

The USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Program NOFA has been sent to the Federal Register and it will be published on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Additionally, the NOFA will be available Monday, June 15 on the website. All state grant applications must be submitted using by July 15, 2015.

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