'Fuel Up Maryland': Service Station Energy Resiliency Grant Program

What is the program?

What projects are eligible?

How do I apply?

The Maryland Service Station Energy Resiliency Grant Program provides 1.7M in funding support for the installation of wiring and back-up power generation at retail service stations. For more information, read our Goals and Incentives.

Back-up power generation for service stations shall include portable generators, fixed-generators, or in-place battery systems.Bulk fuel distributors are eligible to apply.For more information, read our Project Requirements.

Complete the grant application and submit two cost estimates for the back-up power generation along with the MEA cost estimate template. For details, read How to Apply.

Maryland Service Station Energy Resiliency Grant Program

Goals and Incentives

The Maryland Service Station Energy Resiliency Grant Program ("Grant Program") is administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) pursuant to its responsibilities and authority under Md. State Government Code Ann. Sections 9-2003(1), 9-2003(12) and 9-2005. The Grant Program will commence on August 15, 2013 and conclude on June 1, 2014, or until the total funds for the program have been expended, whichever is earlier.

The purpose of the Grant Program is to assure that fuels are available both for evacuation or home energy use during an energy emergency or disaster. The Grant Program aims to achieve this goal by reducing the financial burden on Maryland service stations to become more energy resilient so that Maryland citizens will have access to fuel, including gasoline, diesel, propane, and kerosene when it is most needed.

The Maryland Energy Administration anticipates awarding grants of up to $25,000 per grant to a service station. Grant funds may be used to offset 70% of the total cost of the planning, design , wiring and installation of back up power generation foe service stations in Maryland. Funds may also be used to offset costs related to the purchase or pre-wire for back-up power generation (portable generators, fixed generators, or in-place batteries) by a Maryland service station.

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Project Requirements

Owners/operators of eligible service stations located in Maryland will be considered for grant award. An eligible service station shall have fuel storage of at least 10,000 gallons, fuel sales of 75,000 gallons or more per year for inclusion in the grant program.

Grant applicants installing diesel powered generators under the Fuel Up Maryland program must ensure that the generator meets EPA Tier 2 emissions standards.

The specific regulation may be found in the
Federal Digital System (FDSYS) Updated as of Oct. 1, 2013.

An applicant may submit separate applications for multiple service stations, but grant awards will be limited to twenty-five applications for individual service stations per owner/operator.

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(Right to left): Abby Ross Hopper, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration formally announces the Service Station Energy Resiliency Grant Program and presents a symbolic check for $1.7 million to Maryland service stations. Representing service stations across the State was Jamie Brooke of WMDA (far left), as well as the Exxon station owners Ed Ellis and Steve Ladd of Ocean Petroleum.

Related programs

Award for multiple service station applications by a single owner is dependent upon the geographic distribution of the service stations. Only the costs for installation of back-up power generation incurred after August 15, 2013 are eligible for grant award under the Grant Program.

MEA reserves the right to revise or modify the Grant Program in order to better facilitate its energy resiliency objectives and consistent with its authority.

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How to Apply

Grant applications may only be submitted by service station owners. Since this grant program will involve the physical alteration of the service station and immediate property, only applicants with the legal authority to make such permitting and construction alterations may apply. The electronic signature agreement form also may be signed and submitted by the service station owner to expedite processing.

To be considered for grant award, an application must be complete and shall include:

  • A Cost Estimate Template has been provided on the website that must be completed and submitted with the grant application.
  • Grant Application Form (Right-click and 'Save Link As' to download)
  • At least two cost estimates from two different Maryland licensed, professional electrical contractors for the installation of back-up power generation.

An application may be rejected for the following reasons:

    • Incomplete application
    • Noncompliance with required criteria
    • Inconsistency with the purpose established for this grant program

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What is the Review Process?

Once an application is received, MEA will take approximately 30 days to verify and review the information submitted. The applications will be reviewed by MEA Staff for accuracy and completeness prior to ranking. The applicant will be notified via email within 45 days of an application's receipt that either (1) notification that the application was not selected for grant award; or, (2) a grant agreement form is sent to the applicant with the amount of the award to be provided upon completion of the back-up power generation project. The grant award will not be final until execution of the Grant Agreement by both the Applicant and the MEA. Projects are expected to be completed within 90-days following the signing of the Grant Agreement. Upon completion, the service station owner is to submit to MEA a confirmation of project completion form with the proof of final payment and project acceptance.

Prior to grant award, MEA will require each applicant selected to execute a Grant Agreement, which includes general terms and conditions required by MEA. The Grant Agreement document will be provided to applicants upon approval of the grant application. To expedite the Grant Program application and award process, MEA will provide for an automated grant application process pursuant to the Maryland Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, MD Code Ann. COMMERCIAL LAW §21-101 et. seq. This will include the allowance of an electronic signature. While MEA encourages applicants to submit their applications electronically, an applicant is not required , nor will an applicant be penalized, for not using the automated grant application process.

For more specific information about the review process, please review the Evaluation Methodology.

MEA reserves the right to reduce the amount of a grant award for noncompliance with Grant Program requirements.

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When Will I Receive the Grant Award?

Upon completion of the installation of back-up generation, but no later than 90-days after receipt of grant award notification, each grantee shall submit to MEA:

(1) An invoice on the Grantee's letterhead showing the (total) paid project cost and the requested grant amount. Applicants may wish to use this Grantee Invoice Template.

(2) A copy of the paid invoice for the project, approved in the grant application or other alternative proof that the project has been paid in full.

(3) A Project Completion Worksheet with all of the related information and details.

Grant payments will be made by MEA upon receipt of the related documents and review of the grantee's information. Estimated time for payment is within 30-days.

MEA may give an extension of time for submissions under extraordinary circumstances, but onIy in good faith situations. To be considered for such an extension, the grantee shall submit an “Extension Request”, which shall set forth the reasons why the generator could not be installed within the 90-day timeframe and why the applicant was unable to avoid such delay.

For more additional information, please review the Grant Timeline.

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Public Information Notice

All information provided to the MEA in conjunction with the Grant Program is subject to the Public Information Act, Title 10, Subtitle 6, Part III of the State Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

For Additional Information contact Mike Jones:

Maryland Energy Administration
Energy Resiliency Program
Phone: (410) 260-260
Fax: (410) 974-2250

Reminder: Please direct questions and all application materials to fuelupmd.mea@maryland.gov.

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