ACE meets with officials, members of Congress during fly-in

By American Coalition for Ethanol | March 27, 2014

The American Coalition for Ethanol and more than 80 of its members were in Washington, D.C., to meet with top administration officials and members of Congress as part of the advocacy group’s “Biofuels Beltway March” annual fly-in March 25-26.

Ethanol advocates and supporters had nearly 170 meetings with lawmakers or their staff representing 45 states during the two day event.  ACE members also met with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, EPA Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe, and Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech.  Meetings with administration officials are closed to the press.  The group’s priorities include promoting the success of renewable fuel standard (RFS), highlighting the safety and affordability of higher ethanol blends such as E15 and E85, and showing how independent fuel retailers have successfully gotten over Big Oil’s so-called E10 “blend wall.”

“In recognition that the messenger is as important as the message, several independent retailers who installed equipment to sell E15 and E85 in response to the RFS will join us this year to share their first-hand success stories getting over the E10 blend wall,” said Brian Jennings, ACE executive vice president.  “These station owners will make a convincing case to Congress, EPA, and the White House that they’ve been able to do what the oil companies suggest cannot be done; offer their customers more affordable and cleaner fuel choices.”

“While we’re going to equip Congress and the Administration with facts which will demystify RINs and show that consumers want E15 and E85, our most effective weapon will be the personal and authentic stories from our members about why the RFS is a success,” said Jennings.  “More than 80 people representing 15 states are in the nation’s Capital this week because they know what’s at stake with respect to the RFS.  If we are to keep the momentum going it’ll be thanks to their grassroots advocacy.”