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North Dakota Accepting Applications for Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
Post Date: Oct 30 2015

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it is accepting applications for the newly announced $1.2 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced on September 14, 2015 that North Dakota was among 20 states selected by the USDA to participate in the partnership.  

The program offers grants from the USDA to state-led efforts to test and evaluate innovative and comprehensive approaches to marketing higher biofuel blends, such as E15 and E85. 

“North Dakota is a leader in the availability of blended fuels,” North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “This award from the USDA will help North Dakota build on the successful efforts that began years ago in our state to encourage greater access to biofuels at the pump. The end result is greater choice at the pump for consumers.” 

The USDA effort is intended to drive innovative public-private partnerships to have more comprehensive approaches to marketing higher ethanol blends, with the federal funds used to support the infrastructure and state/private resources used for other elements. 

In 2009, North Dakota initiated a statewide blended-fuel pump program that led to the installation of more than 200 pumps at 66 retail locations across the state. Over the life of the state’s program, the sale of ethanol-blended fuels increased 56 percent in North Dakota.
 
Additional information and details on the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership Program is available at: http://www.communityservices.nd.gov/renewableenergyprograms/. 

The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
 
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