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ACE Recommends USDA Establish Framework to Reward Farmers, Biofuel Facilities for Carbon Cutting Contributions in its Climate Strategy

Sioux Falls, SD (April 29, 2021) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) encouraged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help establish a protocol for biofuel producers and farmers to easily document the carbon intensity benefits of changes in agricultural practices in comments submitted today regarding USDA’s climate strategy for President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate…


ACE Thanks USDA for its Continual Investment in Biofuel Infrastructure

Sioux Falls, SD (April 23, 2021) –The U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced investments in critical infrastructure this week that prioritizes climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship, including an investment of $18.4 million in 20 states through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior Vice President…


ACE Thanks USDA for Including Biofuel Producers in Plan to Distribute Unspent Pandemic Assistance

Sioux Falls, SD – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA is establishing new programs to bring financial assistance to those who have been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions, including biofuels producers. Through the initiative, called USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers, USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion to develop new programs or modify existing…


ACE Congratulates Tom Vilsack for His Confirmation as USDA Secretary

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate cast their vote confirming Tom Vilsack to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “We congratulate Tom Vilsack on his confirmation to once again lead USDA and look forward to working with him on our priority issues, including the timely matter of direct aid to biofuel producers through…


ACE Notifies Retailers USDA is Re-Opening HBIIP Application Portal For 30 Days to Award Remaining Matching Grant Funds

Sioux Falls, SD (December 17, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening a new, 30-day application period starting Dec. 21 to provide retailers one more opportunity to apply for grant money still available under its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). In October, USDA announced several recipients of the up to $100 million in matching grants to increase ethanol and biodiesel…


ACE: Senate stimulus marks next step in securing direct aid for biofuels sector, now Congress must see it across the finish line

Sioux Falls, SD (July 28, 2020) – Late yesterday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his coronavirus economic relief package including $20 billion in relief to be used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in addition to the $14 billion in funding the previously enacted CARES Act provides USDA via the Commodity Credit Corporation account. This marks the next step toward…


ACE stands ready to assist fuel retailers as USDA rolls out HBIIP details to expand availability and use of higher ethanol blends

Sioux Falls, SD (May 4, 2020) – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced further information and details surrounding the application process for its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), which makes available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and use of renewable fuels, $86 million of which is reserved for…


ACE: Administration must initiate a plan to aid ethanol producers struggling to survive the catastrophic economic fallout of COVID-19

Sioux Falls, SD (April 27, 2020) – Today, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings requested President Trump demonstrate his leadership in support of America’s farmers and the renewable fuels industry by directing his Cabinet to provide a much-needed boost to ethanol producers and rural America in response to the mounting economic harm as a result of the sudden and severe drop in…


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 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…



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