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by Lacey Dixon

Gilbarco offers dispenser discount during May

For a limited time only Gilbarco is offering a special promotion on its Flex Fuel dispensing option for E85 or ethanol-blending dispenser models. Specifically, Gilbarco will provide a 25 percent discount on the Flex Fuel option for orders received through Gilbarco Distributors by May 31 and scheduled for shipment by August 15, 2009.

Gilbarco, Inc. Senior District Sales Manager Dave Zumbaugh points out that “Combined with other incentives from states, U.S. federal government subsidies, and other entities, this lucrative offer can yield significant savings to those retailers planning to enter the alternative fuels business."

For more information about the benefits of blender pumps and mid-level ethanol blends, visit the blender pump page on Ethanol.org.

 

ACE unveils E15 Action Center

In March, an official waiver application was filed March 6 with the U.S. EPA on behalf of Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, the Renewable Fuels Association, 51 ethanol producers, and several cellulosic ethanol companies to approve ethanol blends of up to 15 percent for standard vehicles.

Last month, ACE unveiled its E15 Action Center to provide visitors with a gamut of information on increasing base ethanol blends to fifteen percent. The site includes a FAQ segment, links to research, benefits, quotations from those that have voiced their support, and a list of ways you can take action to make E15 a reality. Visit the E15 Action Center today to learn more.

 

Lamberty speaks about ethanol marketing challenges in Emerging Issues Forum

ACE Vice President / Market Development Ron Lamberty discussed the challenges and opportunities of the E10 blend wall during the Emerging Issues Forum in Omaha, Nebraska on April 2-3.

During the event, Lamberty was joined by Mike Barwig of Tenaska BioFuels on a two-person panel discussion entitled Ethanol Marketing Challenges: 2009 and Beyond. The duo addressed into industry issues including developing U.S. markets for ethanol, infrastructure, state legislation/policy issues, and blending economics.

 

Exhibitors: Register for ACE’s Annual Ethanol Conference & Trade Show today

ACE’s Annual Ethanol Conference & Trade Show will be held August 11-13 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and your customers would like to see you there. The event will gather ACE members and industry leaders to discuss the industry’s latest and greatest advancements, and ACE’s exhibit and sponsorship opportunities can give you an edge over your competition.

From reception sponsorships to advertising opportunities to the outreach opportunities of exhibiting, this event can help you reach into new areas in 2009. Contact Shannon Gustafson today at sgustafson@ethanol.org to take advantage of the remaining opportunities available.

 

ACE meets with state ethanol producer associations

ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings met with state ethanol producer associations in Nebraksa and North Dakota recently. Jennings spoke with members of the Association for Nebraska Ethanol Producers on March 24 and the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association on April 29.

The organizations’ recent membership meetings have provided great opportunities to discuss key industry issues and discuss how grassroots membership can contribute to success in the target areas of market development, public policy, and public relations.

Would you like to discuss how your ethanol facility or state association can take a more active role in ACE’s grassroots campaigns? Would you like ACE to speak at your board meeting? Please contact Lacey Dixon ldixon@ethanol.org .

 

Lamberty continues market development outreach efforts

During March, Lamberty fielded questions on blending economics, blender pumps, and more at petroleum marketer events in Wisconsin and Michigan. The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association gathered exhibitors and attendees in the Wisconsin Dells April 7-8.

Last month Lamberty also spoke on fueling infrastructure for E85 and mid-level ethanol blends in remarks entitled “Ethanol for fleets and fueling stations” for an audience of fleet managers during the Great Lakes Area Clean Cities Green Fleet Workshop in Lansing, Michigan. The event, held at the Consumers Energy Service Center, facilitated discussions on infrastructure, incentives, and blending economics.

 

Jennings to speak at biomass conference

Jennings will join industry leaders in the areas of biomass and biofuel production at the Biomass ’09 Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop. The event will be held at The Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, July 14-15. Organized by the Energy and Environmental Research Center and the University of North Dakota, the conference intends to reach out to a variety of community and economic developers, industry businesses, various levels of government, rural landowners, and researchers on topics that include trends and opportunities in utilizing biomass, second and third generation biofuels, biomass feedstock potential and more. Learn more about the event at www.undeerc.org/biomass09 .

 

ACE serves as valuable resource at petroleum marketer events

During March, ACE attended the Midwest Petroleum and Convenience Trade Show in Indianapolis. With recent news of the EPA E15 waiver request, many attendees were excited and interested to learn more about the possibility of ethanol blends beyond 10 percent.

In May, ACE will continue its outreach efforts at the Atlantic Region Energy Expo in Atlantic City, where blending economics and mid-level ethanol plans remained a focal point of the conversation.

Does your company participate in regional petroleum marketer events? Contact Lacey Dixon at ldixon@ethanol.org to hear of ACE’s remaining 2009 market development trade show opportunities.

 

Become a Facebook fan of ethanol

ACE recently added to its Internet presence with a Facebook page that invites others to become fans of ethanol. The site which can be found by becoming a Facebook member and then visiting this link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/ethanol/62110964071

The webpage offers visitors a chance to comment on ethanol related issues as well as links to other ACE related websites. The Facebook site also promotes upcoming events involving the American Coalition for Ethanol and will show pictures and remarks from ACE related events.

ACE has also developed these ethanol-related websites: www.ethanolcollective.com , www.ethanol.typepad.com , www.barrelblaster.net , and www.ethanolfactor.org .

 

ACE urges Rep. Kind to recognize ethanol’s sustainability

Ethanol supporters have been pleased with the findings of a Congressional Budget Office report on ethanol’s effect on grocery prices. However the report’s findings failed to sway U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI).

Because Kind was quoted in an OPIS article saying the report affirmed his belief that food-based feedstocks are not sustainable in the long-run, ACE contact members in the representative’s district to take advantage of the opportunity to provide Representative Kind with important information on the sustainability of ethanol production.

ACE urged members to send emails to Rep. Kind asking the Congressman to recognize that higher energy costs have more influence over food prices than corn-based ethanol. The e-mail campaign also urged Rep. Kind to realize that even though he says he would like to see a breakthrough on cellulosic ethanol, there is no way cellulosic ethanol can become sustainable without a move to either a higher blend like E13 or E15 or without more corn ethanol production.

To send a letter to your local congressman or senator in support of ethanol, go to: http://www.ethanol.org/magazine/index.php?id=99&parentid=99

 
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The American Coalition for Ethanol publishes Ethanol Today magazine each month to cover the biofuels industryís hot topics, including cellulosic ethanol, E85, corn ethanol, food versus fuel, ethanolís carbon footprint, E10, E15, and mid-range ethanol blends.
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