Louisiana is receiving $1.7 million in federal funds to help develop 11 biofuel stations, with 11 storage tanks and 110 pumps, capable of blending various levels of ethanol with gasoline.
State Agriculture Secretary Mike Strain said private developers will make proposals for a share of the federal funds and will invest up to $3.3 million in the fueling stations. No state money will be spent, he said; the federal funds also include administrative costs.
A typical gas pump delivers fuel with 10 percent ethanol. The new pumps will offer motorists higher blends of ethanol, such as E15, E85, and even intermediate combinations of blends.
Strain’s department applied for the funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership.
The funds are part of $210 million being awarded to 21 states by the USDA. The funds will help develop nearly 5,000 pumps at over 1,400 fueling stations, nearly doubling the number of fueling pumps nationwide that supply renewable fuels to motorists, said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“This major investment in renewable energy infrastructure will give Americans more options that not only will suit their pocketbooks, but also will reduce our country’s environmental impact and bolster our rural economy,” Vilsack said.