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ACCESS ETHANOL NEBRASKA

Application for Ethanol Dispensing Equipment Reimbursement

Guidelines for Ethanol Dispensing Equipment Reimbursement Application


Access Ethanol Nebraska (AEN) is designed to increase availability of E-85 and other high ethanol blends to motorists in Nebraska. AEN is administered by the Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Ethanol Board. Grant funds from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP), with matching funds from public and private sources in Nebraska, will be awarded to selected retail fueling stations to reimburse the cost of installing or converting qualified equipment to allow expanded use of American Ethanol in Nebraska.

Reimbursement Eligibility

The terms of the USDA Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) No. USDA-FSA-2015-22 and the grant agreement between NEO and USDA related to the BIP program will apply to all grant-funded projects. Retailers awarded grants must enter into a Retailer Agreement setting the requirements for reimbursement of eligible costs related to converting or installing qualified fuel dispensers and tanks upon completion of upgrades. The Retailer Agreement will include a six-year commitment to sell certain ethanol fuels, to promote ethanol blend prices on station signage and to provide periodic reports regarding volumes and prices of ethanol blends sold. Retailers also must comply with all other federal, state and local regulations applicable to the construction and operation of the project.

Grant applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Grants will be awarded following competitive scoring of grant applications based on the FOA and AEN program terms. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2017.

USDA program guidelines DO NOT ALLOW reimbursement of costs for equipment purchased or infrastructure constructed PRIOR TO APPROVAL of grant award, including submission and acceptance of FSA-850 by USDA.

Awarded projects must satisfy the following requirements to receive grant funds for reimbursement of eligible project costs:

  • Retailer/Sub-Grantee Agreement signed by retailer and Nebraska Energy Office;
  • FSA-850 Environmental Evaluation Form approved by USDA-CCC;
  • Completed Project Reimbursement Request Form with receipts and paid invoices;
  • Evidence of final inspection & certification by the State Fire Marshall on the dispenser/tank installation.
Please be advised that the FSA-850 has been provided for your review but is not required at the time the application is submitted. However, if your application is approved an FSA-850 must be completed and signed by a professional Environmental Engineer, submitted to the Nebraska Energy Office, and approved by the USDA before any equipment may be purchased or infrastructure work can be started.

For questions, please contact:
Ed Holbrook
Federal Aid Administrator
Phone: 402-471-3356
Email: Ed Holbrook

Review and Submit Your Application

Mail completed application along with required documentation to:
AEN
Attention: David L. Bracht, Director
Nebraska Energy Office
521 South 14th Street, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508
Fax: 402-471-3064
Email: David Bracht