The use of biodiesel and ethanol fuels not only results in significant reductions of petroleum and greenhouse gas emissions, but also helps support locally grown agricultural products and farmers throughout the midwest. According to the Argonne National Laboratory, corn-based ethanol production reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% compared to gasoline, enabling adopters of the fuel to feel confident about their contribution to regional emissions reductions and locally sourced products and job creation.
Clean Energy Coalition offered a suite of incentives aimed at increasing the availability of biofuels throughout Michigan. The incentives helped cover the costs of ethanol or biodiesel infrastructure (e.g., new tanks, pumps, etc.). In addition to providing resources for regional biofuel infrastructure, Clean Energy Coalition worked to promote bio-based products through a pilot program that provided financing for jurisdictions to test and sample bio-based materials as a substitute to conventionally used products.
I-75 Green Corridor: Clean Energy Coalition worked to establish a green corridor along I-75, from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to the Florida Keys, through the installation of ethanol and biodiesel pumps at intervals of 200 miles or less. Clean Energy Coalition, as part of a wider project through the University of Tennessee, provided matching grants of up to $30,000 per facility for the installation of, or conversion to, biodiesel (i.e., B20 or higher) pumps along I-75 in Michigan. In addition, the grant could have been used for the installation of, or conversion to, E85 pumps.
2012 Michigan Ethanol Infrastructure & Marketing Incentive: Financial assistance was available through a Clean Energy Coalition project that worked with public service stations to install or convert existing infrastructure to ethanol blender pumps. These pumps mix ethanol and regular unleaded gasoline on-site, providing a greater variety of ethanol products. Grants of up to $10,000 per pump were available for the installation of blender pump infrastructure. Additionally, awards of up to $5,000 or 50% of the total cost (whichever was smaller) were available for marketing and advertising of ethanol fuel availability.
Michigan E85 Infrastructure: Clean Energy Coalition worked to expand the availability of E85 infrastructure throughout Michigan by providing grants to help pay for the incremental cost of pump installation. Five E85 stations and 10 pumps were installed throughout the state as a result of this project. This U.S. Department of Energy Recovery Act Project’s petroleum displacement is estimated at more than 800,000 gallons annually.
Bio-Based Products Program: Clean Energy Coalition, in partnership with the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC), worked to promote bio-based products through a pilot procurement program with municipal project partners in southeast Michigan. This project identified viable bio-based substitutes for conventional materials used by municipal partners in building and vehicle fleet applications. After the testing phase of the project, Clean Energy Coalition researched procurement policies and established best practices to help develop purchase ordinances and policies conducive to continued adoption of bio-based products.