Indiana approves E85 dispenser grants for schools

By Kris Bevill | March 05, 2009
Web exclusive posted March 20, 2009, at 2:17 p.m. CST

Indiana state legislators recently passed a bill approving the eligibility of schools to receive grant money for the installation of E85 fuel dispensers. Sen. Ron Alting, R-Dist. 22, sponsored House Bill 1193. "As one of the country's largest producers of corn and soybeans the Hoosier State has an innate responsibility to be one of the nation's leaders in promoting the sale and use of renewable fuels," Alting said.

A grant program is already in place to provide funds for retailers and local governments to install E85 fuel pumps and storage tanks. Expanding the program to include school corporations and universities could not only increase the use of ethanol throughout the state but could also lead to greater demand for flex-fuel vehicles, Alting said.

Indiana began its E85 grant program in 2008 and has since awarded more than $135,000 to various businesses throughout the state. Funding for the grant program is provided by corn check-off funds, rather than state tax payers.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels still needs to sign the bill before it's officially recognized. He's expected to sign the legislation by early summer.