|MISSOURI RURAL DEVELOPMENT IMPROVES ACCESS TO FLEXIBLE FUEL BLENDS|
|, Nov 01, 2012
Outline of Need:
In an effort to meet our country’s national security goal of reducing dependence on imported oil, the production of flexible fuel vehicles (FFV) is increasing. This increased production means a higher demand for ethanol/gasoline mid-level (E15 and E30) and even upper-level (E85) blends. An estimated 90% of FFVs currently on the road do not have access to the higher blends of ethanol. In rural Missouri, the problem of access is often exacerbated by distance to fuel stations, topography and road conditions.
How Rural Development Helped:
USDA — Missouri Rural Development has concentrated efforts on reaching rural and urban community fuel suppliers. Through the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) more fuel station blender pump options will be offered. More blender pumps equates to availability for flex fuel vehicle drivers in every part of the state. Part of the REAP program offers grants to fuel station owners as an incentive to offer more fuel options at their stations. Missouri has financed 26 pumps since the start of the initiative.
Hometown Fuel in Mercer, Missouri, owned by Gary and Lori Porter, was awarded a REAP grant of $59,040 to purchase two (2) new flex fuel dispensers and two (2) new biodiesel pumps. In addition, the Missouri Corn Growers contributed grant dollars to the project. The new pumps and related equipment allow for additional fueling choices for customers and is a step toward our country being energy independent.
Matt Moore, Business Program Director for USDA — Missouri Rural Development, celebrated the grand opening of Hometown Fuels by attending the ribbon cutting ceremony. Also attending were Greg Razer, District Staff for Senator Claire McCaskill; Matt Haase, District Staff for Senator Roy Blunt; Bradley Schad, Missouri Corn Growers, Mark Simmons, Area Specialist for Missouri Rural Development and Nate Tutt, Business Program Specialist, Missouri Rural Development.
“Our town lost its only gas station a little over a year ago. We realized how much the community missed it and decided to replace it with a new facility that would reduce our dependency on foreign oil and have the only flex fuel pumps in the area” said Lori Porter of Hometown Fuel. “We have always been strong supporters of ethanol and wanted to give consumers in our area a choice in the fuel they use.”