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ACE reaction to EPA’s RFS compliance flexibility announcement

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced several steps it will take to ease enforcement in the gasoline supply chain in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, including actions regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA stated it “does not intend to unilaterally revisit or rescind any previously granted small refinery exemptions issued for prior compliance years,” the Agency “intends to extend…


ACE alerts Trump Administration and Congress economic stimulus will be needed amid COVID-19 market fallout

Sioux Falls, SD (March 18, 2020) – As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the U.S., threatening American lives and adversely impacting the nation’s economy, the transportation fuel sector will be especially hard hit.  Declines in consumer gasoline use will shrink demand for corn ethanol. In response to the economic turmoil being felt by its members, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO…


ACE cancels April DC fly-in due to COVID-19 precautions being taken on Capitol Hill, exploring options to reschedule in the fall

Sioux Falls, SD (March 12, 2020) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) announced today its annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in and Government Affairs Summit scheduled for April 2-3, 2020 has been canceled due to the number of congressional offices declining meeting requests in response to concerns about the rapid spread of COVID-19. Many congressional offices have notified ACE they are not scheduling…


ACE welcomes USDA fleet directive, infrastructure funding to expand availability and use of higher ethanol blends

Sioux Falls, SD (March 2, 2020) – USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA intends to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for activities designed to expand the sale and use of renewable fuels, $86 million of which is reserved for higher blends of ethanol and approximately $14 million for higher blends of…


ACE leadership provides updates and commends member plants for dedication to their craft at annual, board meetings

Sioux Falls, SD – American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) plant members are hosting annual meetings for their investors and board meetings during the first half of the year. ACE CEO Brian Jennings is attending several, including Golden Grain Energy’s annual meeting today in Mason City, Iowa, as well as the Adkins Energy board meeting, Absolute Energy’s annual meeting, and the East Kansas Agri-Energy board…


ACE leadership draws upon fuel retailing experience and input from marketers to inform USDA on HBIIP implementation

Sioux Falls, SD (January 30, 2020) – Today, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) request for information (RFI) on a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The USDA is exploring options to expand domestic ethanol and biodiesel availability and is seeking information on opportunities to consider…


ACE announces dates and priorities for 2020 DC Fly-in and Government Affairs Summit

Sioux Falls, SD (January 29, 2020) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) formally announces its 12th annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in and Government Affairs Summit will take place April 2-3. Event registration and sponsorship opportunities are available at ethanol.org/events/fly-in. “Our priorities will include defending the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refinery waivers, influencing proposals…


Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions

Sioux Falls, SD (January 27, 2020) – In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to granting Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit late on Friday struck down three exemptions that were improperly issued by EPA. The court ruling stems from a May 2018 challenge brought against…


ACE: Mexico Supreme Court rules against E10 implementation process, not the product

Sioux Falls, SD (January 17, 2020) – This week, the Mexico Supreme Court ruled against the regulation allowing for higher ethanol content in gasoline, based on the way in which the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) implemented the change in 2017. In July of that year, the CRE decided to increase the maximum content of ethanol in gasoline as an oxygenate to 10 percent, up from 5.8 percent, outside…


ACE: USMCA strengthens North American trade partner relationships and key ethanol market opportunities

Sioux Falls, SD (January 16, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), ratifying the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) replacement after it was advanced by the U.S. House of Representatives in December. The new agreement solidifies a multi-billion-dollar export market while providing more stable market access to farmers and instilling confidence in other…



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