ACE prepares for 25th annual conference Aug. 8-10 in Omaha

By Susanne Retka Schill | July 02, 2012

The American Coalition for Ethanol will be celebrating its 25th annual conference Aug. 8-10 in Omaha, Neb. The theme of this year’s historic gathering is “Proud History, Bright Future.”

“Our 25th anniversary conference will provide forward-looking previews on the policy and market development opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. ethanol industry,” Brian Jennings, ACE executive vice president, said. “Ethanol producers are feeling the effects of the E10 blend wall, we are in the midst of introducing E15 to the market, and expectations are high for progress on the advanced and cellulosic ethanol front.”

Some of the general session topics to be covered at the ACE conference include an outlook on the markets and policies that will impact ethanol profitability in the future by Darin Newsom, senior analyst at Telvent DTN; the role octane and vehicle technology innovations will play for ethanol demand; and an update on E15 implementation by Ron Lamberty, ACE senior vice president. A general session panel on ethanol biorefining innovations will include Western Plains Energy LLC CEO Steve McNinch, Highwater Ethanol LLC CEO Brian Kletscher and Doug Rivers, director of research and development at ICM Inc.

Breakout sessions at the event are aimed at ethanol plant board members and management, including sessions titled the ABC’s of E15, Quality Assurance for Distillers Grain, Fiduciary and Governance Responsibilities for Ethanol Plant Board Directors, Feedstock Quality and Its Impact on Profitability, an Energy Market Price Outlook and OSHA Update.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the ACE website at