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Registration is now open for ACE’s 2010 Ethanol Conference & Trade Show

Registration has opened on www.ethanol.org for the American Coalition for Ethanol’s 2010 Ethanol Conference & Trade Show. This year’s event, ACE’s 23rd annual, will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on August 3-5.

Shannon Gustafson is your point of contact for any questions about registering to attend or exhibit at the event. Contact her by e-mail at sgustafson@ethanol.org or by phone at 605-334-3381 extension 16. Click on the “Conference & Trade Show” menu heading at www.ethanol.org for full event details.

ACE participates in Commodity Classic

ACE’s Brian Jennings, Shannon Gustafson, and Lacey Dixon participated in the 2010 Commodity Classic held in Anaheim, California in March. Jennings was a featured speaker in a breakout session on “What’s Next for Ag-Based Biofuels,” where he discussed ethanol policies and the important role they play in securing future growth.

Both ACE and the Blend Your Own Ethanol campaign exhibited at the trade show, an opportunity to talk to the more than 4,000 attendees at Commodity Classic about the important connections between ethanol and agriculture, and how ACE and BYO are leading the way in ethanol market development.

Lamberty speaks to Nebraska ethanol leaders

Ron Lamberty, ACE Vice President / Market Development, met with the Nebraska Ethanol Board during its March board meeting, and spoke at the group’s Emerging Issues Forum in April about ethanol infrastructure. He shared information about the economics of blender pumps and mid-level ethanol blends in Nebraska, and how the BYO Ethanol campaign is working with retailers nationwide to increase the availability of ethanol blends at the pump.

ACE sponsors RFS2 workshop

Dixon and Gustafson represented ACE at a workshop on RFS2 held in Des Moines in early April. The workshop was organized by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and sponsored by ACE, Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, and the Renewable Fuels Association. More than 150 people attended to hear in-depth presentations on the upcoming RFS2 regulations, including EPA’s guidelines, the electronic registration process, reporting of RINs, third-party chemical engineer reviews, and more.

ACE speaks with students at Iowa Career Expo

ACE’s Sara Eiesland and Chuck Beck joined with Platinum Ethanol to promote job opportunities in the ethanol industry at a Career Expo and Skills Competition held April 7 at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. Students had the chance to speak with an ethanol producer and ethanol advocates about potential careers in a meaningful and growing industry.

South Dakota offers $1 million in blender pump grant incentives

The South Dakota Legislature has enacted a bill that provides $10,000 grants to retailers for the installation of blender pumps which dispense ethanol-gasoline blends. Information about the grant program, including requirements and the application form, can be found at www.sdreadytowork.com/blender_pumps.aspx.

The grants are $10,000 per dispenser and can be used for multiple dispensers at one location. Coupled with the federal infrastructure tax credit and available private funding, this creates an opportunity for South Dakota gas stations not likely to be seen any time soon. In many cases, brand new pumps could cost less than a site owner would have to pay just to be compliant with new Payment Card Industry rules.

Funds are available on a first come, first served basis. The application window is brief – it began March 17 and closes on May 28.

BYO webinar discusses RINs, VEETC

On April 15, Robert White of the Renewable Fuels Association and Ron Lamberty of ACE lead a BYO Ethanol webinar for petroleum marketers on the topics of blender pumps, ethanol’s blending economics, state infrastructure incentives, and more. To sign up for upcoming BYO webinars or learn about infrastructure incentives in your state, visit www.byoethanol.com.
 
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