Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) offers cost-share grants for the installation of E85 dispensers, blender pumps, biodiesel retail systems, and biodiesel storage facilities.

Grants cover 50% of total expenses or a maximum of $30,000 with a three-year contract requirement for:

  • E85 dispensers or blender pumps
  • Biodiesel dispensers or blender pumps

Grants are also available that cover 70% of total expenses or a maximum of $50,000 with a five-year contract requirement for:

  • E85 dispensers or blender pumps
  • Biodiesel dispensers or blender pumps

Multiple Location Incentive: After the initial installation, by adding additional renewable fuels at multiple locations within a 12-month period a retailer is eligible to receive an additional $6,000 per location for up to four locations. This program may be repeated annually.

Retailers may receive separate grants for E85 and biodiesel for the same location (separate applications required).

Additional grants are offered that cover up to 75% of the cost to upgrade or replace existing E85 dispensers to dispensers that are listed as compatible by an independent laboratory within four years following publication of an order to this affect by the State Fire Marshal. Dresser Wayne and Gilbarco offer E85 dispensers that are certified by Underwriter's Laboratory.

Grant applications are subject to Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board approval and funding availability.

E85 Promotion Tax Credit
A retailer may claim a tax credit on the total gallons of E85 fuel sold in a given tax year. The tax credit rate is:

  • 2012-2017: 16 cents per gallon

E15 Tax Credit
Retailers may claim a tax credit for blends containing a minimum of 15% ethanol (E15) and a maximum of 69% ethanol (E69):

  • 2015-2017: 2 cents per gallon

Retailer Misfueling Liability
Iowa law now states that a retailer is NOT LIABLE for damage caused by the use of incompatible motor fuel dispensed at the retailer’s site, if: The incompatible motor fuel complies with fuel specifications under Iowa Code. The incompatible motor fuel is chosen by a customer. The dispenser is correctly labeled.

For more information or In-State Contact
Contact the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers Association,, 515.225.9242 or the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,, 515-252-6249.

Little Sioux Corn Processors Expanding Availability of Higher Ethanol Blends

MARCUS, IA –Little Sioux Corn Processors (LSCP) is offering financial assistance to Iowa retailers who install blender pumps. The LSCP board of directors is making $75,000 available to retailers to offset the cost of blender pump installations. LSCP is a 110 million gallon per year capacity ethanol refinery located in Marcus, IA.

"There is a vital need for higher blends of ethanol and Little Sioux Corn Processors wants to be part of making this a reality," said Steve Roe, General Manager of LSCP. "Little Sioux is committed to expanding the availability of ethanol and bringing more renewable fuel choices to motorists."

LSPC will provide $15,000 for new blender pump installations for a total of 5 blender pumps. This program is open to all Iowa retailers who install a blender pump after November 1, 2013. Retailers wishing to apply for LSCP's grant program should submit an itemized list of expenses, sales volume forecasts for the first two years of operation, proof of project completion, and photo of the dispenser. In addition, the retailer must agree to offer only ethanol blends through the dispenser, including E15 and E85.

"Installation of blender pumps is the most economical approach to offering fuels today," Roe said. "The return on investment is spread over multiple fuels and provides retailers the flexibility to change fuel options in response to customer needs and market dynamics."

Applications are subject to approval by the LSCP Board of Directors and should be submitted to Steve Roe, Little Sioux Corn Processors, 4808 F Avenue, Marcus, IA 51035. For more information, contact Steve Roe at 712-376-2800.




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The Iowa Renewable Infrastructure Program is designed to assist retail operators of motor fuel dispensing sites or fueling stations in the conversion of their equipment to allow the expanded use of renewable fuels in Iowa. The program utilizes grant incentives to encourage these upgrades.

Reimbursement can be for 50% of the costs for specific components of a project with a three year commitment required to sell certain renewable fuels. A five year commitment to store and sell renewable fuels and install certain equipment can result in up to 70% reimbursement for specific equipment or installation costs. Heat biodiesel terminal equipment and/or infrastructure can receive funding for up to $100,000 per project.

The grant program is managed by Harold Hommes, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), PH: (515) 242-6237, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Applications to be considered at the February Meeting must be received by January 20, 2012



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