Senator Stabenow Applauds $3 Million USDA Investment in Michigan Biofuels

Funding Will Help Increase Consumer Fuel Options, Reduce Fuel Costs and Dependence on Foreign Oil

Thursday, October 29, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that Michigan has been chosen as a partner in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Biofuels Infrastructure Program, which supports projects that increase the production and delivery of renewable fuels like ethanol. The state will receive $3 million to add approximately 130 ethanol and gasoline/ethanol blender pumps at Michigan fueling stations. This grant will be matched by state and local support, more than doubling the funding available to install these pumps.

“Investing in renewable energy helps create jobs and grow rural economies,” said Senator Stabenow. “This support will help Michigan families by reducing costs at the pump and our dependence on foreign oil.”

The biofuels industry creates thousands of jobs in rural America. This funding will increase the availability of ethanol in Michigan, helping boost ethanol use by more than 4 percent. Today’s announcement comes as part of $100 million in grants for 21 states across the country.

Senator Stabenow is a longtime supporter of investing in renewable fuel infrastructure and helped the state, ethanol producers, and Corn Marketing Program of Michigan in their efforts to secure this funding.