The goal of this program is to expand the availability of higher ethanol blends in areas of Indiana where
blends of E15 – E85 are limited or not available. E15 and E85 are abbreviations indicating the percentage
of ethanol blended in the fuel. Family Express is planning to deploy 45 blender pumps capable of
dispensing these higher ethanol blends in Jasper, Lake, Laporte, Porter, St. Joseph, Starke, Tippecanoe and White counties.
“Recipients of the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels grant program, including Family Express, are looking to the future,” said OED Director Tristan Vance. “They realize that alternative fuels can be included as part of the energy portfolio for Indiana consumers, and we are excited to partner with them through this grant opportunity."
"Family Express, 2015 Chain of the Year, has been a
leader in offering ethanol-blended fuel options to their customers for years
and this announcement demonstrates their commitment to providing Indiana
consumers with choices at the pump,” said David Gottbrath, Indiana Corn
Marketing Council president and farmer from Washington County."
The grant program is also in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Greater
Indiana Clean Cities and South Shore Clean Cities who assisted in scoring the applications and provided
outreach support. ICMC saw an opportunity through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuel
Infrastructure Partnership to leverage state corn checkoff funds and partner with other organizations to
expand ethanol’s availability to the roughly 450,000 Hoosiers throughout the state who drive Flex Fuel
Vehicles. ICMC has been working with fuel retailers to help increase the number of flex fuel pumps
across the state for five years, including offering grants for installation.
About the Indiana Office of Energy Development The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) was established to shepherd the state's energy plan. OED focuses on the development and implementation of comprehensive planning for the state that utilizes all of Indiana's energy resources and supports a strong, dynamic and growing economy. OED coordinates state energy policy with executive branch agencies, houses energy-related programs and works to support a strong, comprehensive, coordinated energy plan for Indiana. The office also administers grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. These grants promote the use of alternative power and fuels, energy efficiency and public education on energy issues in Indiana.