States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., may apply now through July 15, 2015 for up to $100 million in grants under the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers. These competitive grants are available to fund activities designed to expand the infrastructure for renewable fuels. BIP grantees must provide matching contributions. The CCC funds must be used to pay a portion of the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps and related infrastructure dedicated to the distribution of higher ethanol blends, for example “E15” and “E85,” at vehicle fueling locations. The matching contributions may be used for these items or for additional related BIP costs such as additional infrastructure to support pumps, marketing, education, data collection, program evaluation, and associated administrative costs.
The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) provides financial assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest land who wish to establish, produce, and deliver biomass feedstocks. BCAP provides two categories of assistance:
The joint USDA and U.S. Department of Navy (U.S. Navy) Farm-to-Fleet Program was announced in December 2013 and added the purchase of biofuel blends into Department of Defense (DOD) domestic solicitations for JP-5 and F-76 fuels. Funds from USDA's CCC are used for this effort to help increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities in the biofuel market. The CCC Charter Act (15 U.S.C. 714c(e)) authorizes CCC to use its general powers to increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities (other than tobacco) by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic markets or by developing or aiding in the development of new and additional markets, marketing facilities, and uses for such commodities.
Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers will encourage the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar.
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