Kearney, MO, Aug 18, 2011 -- There are more choices for consumers to save money at the gasoline pump at the Platte-Clay Electric Coop fuel stations. Judy Canales, Administrator for USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, kicked off a media event today announcing the installation of flex fuel pumps sometimes referred to as blender pumps. Both of the Coop fuel stations located at 100 W. State Route 92, Kearney, Missouri and 15055 N. Bethel, Platte City, Missouri are equipped with these new blender pumps.
“The Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative utilized a $16,629 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant to help finance the blender pumps,” said Canales. “The REAP funds were made available to provide fuel station owners with incentives to install flexible fuel pumps that will offer Americans more renewable energy options. I want to make certain that everyone is aware of the variety of assistance USDA Rural Development provides to help businesses create jobs and become more energy efficient. This assistance builds on the Obama Administration’s commitment to ‘Win the Future’ by ensuring the Nation develops innovative ways to meet our future energy needs.”
Canales trip was a follow-up to an earlier visit in May 2011 to the “Show Me State” when she kicked off a series of workshops USDA Rural Development held around the country to highlight financing available for flexible-fuel pumps at gas stations and to highlight USDA support for renewable energy. The workshops focused on changes to the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) that made agriculture producers in non-rural areas eligible for REAP assistance. REAP grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, energy audits and studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems.
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