Maryland Energy Director Davis Announces Biofuels Grant Program
Maryland Energy Administration Director Frederick G. Davis joined Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett and other federal, state, and local officials on November 3 for an Energy Efficient Car Showcase at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown. More than a dozen energy-efficient Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota vehicles from four local dealers were displayed.
At this event, Davis launched the Maryland Biofuels Grant Program, which is the first such program to operate in Maryland. This program will grant awards for the installation of E85 ethanol and biodiesel (minimum blends of B20) fueling infrastructure at commercial fueling stations. Davis says it will significantly increase the availability of domestically produced biofuels to the public.
For more information, see the Maryland Energy Administration November 2 press release (PDF 75 KB).
The Biofuels Grant Program will complement the Maryland Renewable Fuels Incentive for farmers and biofuels producers that Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich established in May 2005. Under this program, the state offers rebates of up to $0.20 per gallon for producers of renewable transportation fuels. The rebate is intended to create additional markets for soybean and grain farmers. For details, the Maryland Department of Agriculture Web page on the state's Renewable Fuels Incentive.