Blender pumps, also known as flex fuel dispensers may soon find homes in service stations across Missouri.  USDA Rural Development administers grants to help station owners purchase the pumps for existing fueling locations.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with USDA’s Business Program Director Matt Moore:

Matt Moore

“Consumers can now fill up on another type of fuel,” Moore said. “Most of the gas you buy in Missouri is called E10, meaning it has up to 10% ethanol blended.  Some stations also sale E85, which is 85% ethanol.  What blender pumps, or flex-fuel pumps, do is give the consumers additional choices for blends somewhere in between.  So it might be E15, E35, or E50.”

The Rural Energy for America Program, also known as “REAP”, is helping fuel stations offer more options.  According to Moore, “REAP” funds can also be applied to other projects.  “Both renewable systems which would be like solar or biomass, geothermal, or even wind power.  Energy efficiency projects are also available.
Those are things like lighting retrofits,” Moore added.

Moore said while the blender pumps support home grown fuels there are other benefits.  “Advantages for corn farmers, who are looking for ways to add value to their commodity, are the flex-fuel pumps because they add additional infrastructure to get that fuel to the consumer.”

A service station in Kearney was one of the first in the state to receive money to install blender pumps.