The Annual ACE Conference

REGISTER NOW - 34th Annual Conference - August 18-20, 2021 Minneapolis, Minnesota

With high hopes of gathering together, safely, in person, the planning for the 34th Annual ACE Conference is underway!

If you'd like to submit your ideas for topics, sessions, or speakers/presenters, please send a brief recommendation or abstract to Shannon Gustafson at


Room Rate: $185/night

Click here to make your reservation online, or:

Contact Renaissance Reservations at (612) 375-1700 or 866-211-4611 and ask for the American Coalition for Ethanol Annual 2021 Room Block to get the group rate of $185.00 for a Standard Guest Room.


REGISTRATION RATES (plus applicable taxes):

Ethanol Producer: $269

ACE Member: $369

Non-Member: $419


The agenda is in development; stay tuned for additional detail...


Accelerate: Updates from ACE Leadership

  • President Dave Sovereign, Golden Grain Energy
  • Brian Jennings, CEO
  • Ron Lamberty, Senior Vice President & Market Development Director

Keynote: Elected Leader (invited)

Expanding Ethanol Use Around the World

Farm-to-Biofuel Carbon Market Opportunities

Status of Clean Fuel Policies

Retailer Roundtable

Driven to Diversify: Diversification/Co-product Strategies and Market Opportunities


2021 Sponsorship Brochure

Get back in front of your customers!

Sponsorships are available.

Contact Chuck Beck at or 605-334-3381 to secure your sponsorship today. 


Click here to view the sponsorship guide

Thank you for attending & supporting the 2020 ACE Conference

The American Coalition for Ethanol's 33rd annual conference was held in conjunction with the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) & Expo as a virtual event, on September 16, 2020. 

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the economic hardship it’s brought to bear on the ethanol industry, ACE leadership held a virtual event, paired with the FEW, to provide members with a safe, robust opportunity to catch up on the latest industry news, network with peers, and discover new technology. The conference theme of “Rising Up” embodies the resilience demonstrated by those in the ethanol industry in response to the pandemic and the grit these individuals possess to rise together - stronger than before.

For more than three decades, the ACE conference has focused on the people of the ethanol industry and their priorities — a meeting where ethanol producers rub shoulders with retailers, policymakers, researchers, and other industry members. This year’s abbreviated event consisted of an afternoon of general sessions, including updates from ACE leadership, and insight on topics related to restoring and building ethanol demand.

Check out the recap below!




*Note: All videos are recordings of content either streamed live on September 16, 2020 or pre-recorded in the weeks prior to the event.

2020 Awards Video

Stephen Censky Recorded Remarks (Early September 2020)

Retailer Panel + Market Development Update


Took Place on September 16, 2020

Rise Up: Welcome from ACE's President & CEO

  • Duane Kristensen, ACE Board President, Chief Ethanol Fuels
  • Brian Jennings, ACE CEO - CLICK HERE for Jennings'' remarks updated 9/14

Keynote: USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky 

Go Your Own Road: A Conversation with Higher Blend Pioneers

Welcome remarks from ACE's Senior Vice President & Director of Market Development, Ron Lamberty

ACE keeps up with strategies for selling more ethanol by keeping in touch with fuel retailers already getting it done. Join this conversation where representatives of leading E15 and flex fuel retailers Pump & Pantry and Casey’s General Stores tell us what has worked and what hasn’t, how the ethanol industry can help, and when we should get out of their way.

  • Moderator: Ron Lamberty, ACE Senior Vice President & Market Development Director
  • Nathaniel Doddridge, Vice President of Fuels, Casey's General Stores
  • Randy Gard, COO, Pump & Pantry/Bosselman

Fuel Marketing in the Time of Corona: A Look at Drastic and Not-So-Drastic Changes to Downstream Markets in the Next 15 Months 

Tom Kloza, Global Head of Energy Analysis, Oil Price Information Service, an IHS Markit Company

  • A Look at Crude Oil Supply & Pricing in 2020 & 2021. 
  • Refinery Closures; Which Operations are Threatened and Why? 
  • North Atlantic Balances 
  • What a Biden presidency might mean to petroleum markets. (Hint: Carbon Impacts) 
  • 2020 Records Likely to be Broken  

Producer Perspectives: A Panel Discussion

Three ethanol producers discuss what it is like to lead their companies through uncertain times and share their thoughts about the future of the industry. Commentary on Election + RFS

  • Duane Kristensen, General Manager and Vice President of Operations, Chief Ethanol Fuels, Inc. – Moderator and Panelist
  • Dave Sovereign, Chairman, Golden Grain Energy, LLC - Panelist
  • Neil Koehler, Co-Founder, Director, and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Ethanol, Inc. – Panelist


OPIS - Tom Kloza - Fuel Market Update

Ethanol Producer Panel Discussion


  • Thank you to SD Corn for the additional support!

    Thank you to SD Corn for the additional support!

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