Convenience store and fuel retailer Family Express is receiving more than $789,000 through an Indiana blender pump program to bring online 45 dispensers at 37 stations in the state, it was announced Monday.
The Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program, jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, provided the funding for the pumps.
Family Express is planning to offer 45 blender pumps, capable of offering higher ethanol such as E15, in Jasper, Lake, Laporte, Porter, St. Joseph, Starke, Tippecanoe and White counties. Thirty-four of the stations already offer E85 and will be adding E15. Meanwhile, three stations will be brand new and also offer E15 and E85.
Additionally, 15 of the stations are in EPA-designated ozone non-attainment areas and will be able to offer E15 year-round.
“We are glad to be able to help Family Express offer more ethanol blender pumps through the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program,” said Ken Parrent, ethanol director for the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. “Indiana currently has more than 185 dedicated ethanol refueling stations for blends above 10 percent and thanks to this program, there will soon be more.”
“We are pleased that Family Express has been able to take advantage of the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program and grow its offerings of higher ethanol blends,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “More blender pumps mean greater consumer access for ethanol blends, bringing about higher octane fuels and lower gasoline prices. We look forward to more stations offering fuels such as E15 in the near future.”