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BYO campaign reaches nation’s largest fuel markets

During July, the Blend Your Own (BYO) Ethanol campaign reached out to petroleum marketers the large fuel markets of Florida and Texas through trade shows held in Tallahassee, Florida and Grapevine, Texas.

In addition, on July 15 the BYO team hosted a free webinar to discuss with marketers the increased profits and expanded opportunities presented by blender pumps. Ron Lamberty, Vice President / Market Development for ACE, and Robert White, Director of Market Development for the Renewable Fuels Association, detailed the advantages of blender pumps and answered retailers’ questions one-on-one. You can register now at Byoethanol.com for the free webinar scheduled for October 20.

This fall, the BYO team will be exhibiting at the Pacific Oil Conference in Reno in September, and at the world’s largest petroleum trade show – the National Association of Convenience Stores show – held in Atlanta in October. At the NACS event, Lamberty will provide marketers information on E15 opportunities and challenges and how blender pumps can help grow retail fuel businesses by offering customers a larger product line.

Jennings addresses key ethanol policy issues on the Hill in June

During June, Executive Vice President Brian Jennings traveled to Washington, DC along with other ethanol industry leaders and advocates, meeting with Members of Congress including House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson (D-MN)

Discussion surrounded addressing the present challenge of the E10 blend wall, the goal of increasing flexible fuel vehicles nationwide, and the role of blender pumps for bringing a wider variety of fuel choices to consumers. During the visit, Jennings also met with Senate leaders to discussion the extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.

Jennings speaks on Eisenmann-sponsored Agri-Talk broadcast at FEW

American Coalition for Ethanol staff enjoyed the opportunity to speak with so many individual, small business, associate, voting, and ethanol producer members during the Fuel Ethanol Workshop held in June in St. Louis. During the event, Brian Jennings was a featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio program AgriTalk, a broadcast sponsored by Eisenmann – a provider of regenerative thermal oxidizers to the ethanol industry, along with a growing portfolio of renewable energy products and waste-to-energy solutions. A podcast of the broadcast is available at Agritalk.com/podcast.php.

ACE sends best wishes to Sara Eiesland-Gillis

The American Coalition for Ethanol would like to congratulate Sara Eiesland, Staff Assistant and Social Media Specialist, on her recent marriage. Sara and fiancé Jordan Gillis were married on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls on July 17. The couple plans on residing in Vermillion, South Dakota where Sara will be pursuing her Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of South Dakota.

Sara’s last day at the ACE office will be August 9. Thank you, Sara, for your work at ACE! While in Kansas City for the ACE conference, please wish Sara well.

ACE thanks summer intern Rachel Gerber

Everyone at ACE would like to thank Rachel Gerber for serving as the American Coalition for Ethanol’s summer intern this year. Rachel will be a senior this fall at Augustana College in Sioux Falls where she’ll graduate with a Business/Communications major and English minor.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work for an organization that is passionate about such an important issue,” Rachel said. “I have already learned a lot this summer and am continuing to gain so much from the wonderful staff here at ACE.”

Get your social media questions answered at the ACE conference

ACE promises to have a significant social media presence during the conference in Kansas City this year. Staff members will be active on ACE’s social media sites including Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, the ACE blog, Ethanol Collective, and Twitter.

ACE’s social media team will also be on hand to help answer any questions you may have about our social media sites, or about how to set up something similar for yourself or your business. Talk to Sara Eiesland-Gillis, Chuck Beck, or Kristin Brekke with any questions.

Ethanol Today prepares 2011 editorial calendar, innovator profile schedule

Ethanol Today provides a great opportunity for your company to advertise or take advantage of the Industry Innovator feature package to share the story of your company and its products and services. As we compile a schedule of cover and feature stories for 2011, we look forward to hearing from you. What issues impact you most? How has your company improved efficiency or adapted services to meet the needs of the changing industry?

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ACE encourages members to schedule Congressional visits during August

The August Congressional recess is an ideal time to schedule a meeting with your Members of Congress while they are home visiting their districts. Congress is scheduled to be on recess from August 9 to September 4.

From VEETC to Fuel Choice legislation to E15, there are many pressing issues facing the ethanol industry this year. ACE encourages you to call your local Congressional offices and schedule appointments during the month of August. For more information on these important legislative issues, visit www.ethanol.org .

Contact Your Members of Congress in Support of VEETC

On March 25, Congressmen Pomeroy (D-ND) and Shimkus (R-IL) introduced H.R. 4940, a bill that would extend the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the small producer tax credit, the secondary tariff and the cellulosic credit for five years.

Please ask your Member of Congress to support this important piece of legislation. Visit www.capwiz.com/ethanol to send a message directly to your Representative and to view a list of the 27 original co-sponsors. Without action, VEETC and other important tax benefits are set to expire on December 31, 2010.

 
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