As a push to vault the industry beyond the ‘blend wall’ that has hampered demand for ethanol, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has pledged $100 million to U.S. states to help fund the installation of ‘blender pumps’ which will allow consumers to select the amount of ethanol blended into their gasoline.
Although only certain vehicles and engines can handle more than 10% ethanol, the move is designed to make higher volumes of ethanol, up to a blend rate of 85%, available to owners of vehicles that can handle the higher blending rates.
Through this grant, the USDA is targeting the doubling of the number of ethanol blending pumps in the country, resulting in an infrastructure in place that will give consumers easier access to more readily available renewable fuels, and expanded marketing opportunities to U.S. farmers.
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