ACE will hold annual conference in Minneapolis in August

By Ann Bailey | July 07, 2016

The American Coalition for Ethanol will hold its annual conference August 8-10 in Minneapolis.

The conference will focus on the developing marketing place for ethanol as the list of retailers offering ethanol blends continues to grow. The discussions at ACE will come at an optimum time for curious retailers, said Ron Lamberty, American Coalition for Ethanol senior vice president.

“A number of retail chains across the country have recently added ethanol blends to their fuel offerings and at the conference, you are going to hear firsthand from some of the people behind the moves and we promised analysis from some of the sharpest minds in the fuel industry, “ Lamberty said in a new s release

Three ACE sessions especially will interest retailers, Lamberty said.

They are:

-- The Market Outlook Keynote Address by Tom Kloza, of OPIS. Kloza will offer insightful analysis for ethanol, oil and other energy markets.

--  Panel Discussion: Octane’s Value Proposition and Regulatory Path Forward: The panel, featuring Dave Hackett of Stillwater and Associates and Kristi Moore of KMoore Consulting, will discuss how refiners calculate the octane level of ethanol and what adjustments they make at the refinery to accommodate a higher octane fuel. The panel also will address the federal regulatory pathways that must be navigated to eventually get a higher octane fuel approved.

-- Progress at the Pump: A Conversation with Leading Retailers on E15 and Flex Fuels: Fuel retailers across the country are making the switch to E15 and flex fuels. The panel will discuss what went into the decision to add those ethanol blends and what hurdles have to be cleared before E15 and Flex Fuels are available across the United States. The session panelists will include Mike Lewis of Pearson Fuels and Mike Lorenz of Sheetz Inc.

Other panels at the ACE conference include Developing Export Demand for Ethanol and DDGS, International Perspective: Global Impacts on the Ethanol Market and The Economics of  Production Expansion.