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2017 Annual ACE Conference

2017 Annual ACE Conference

Date : 15 - 17 Aug 2017
Location : Omaha, United States
Category : Fuels & Lubricants

ACE's annual conference is unique in the world of renewable fuels because it is specifically tailored to the interests and needs of the people of ethanol — the folks who are really in the trenches. It’s a gathering of ACE’s commitment to connect ethanol producers with the farmers, researches, retailers, and support businesses to continue what all of them started a long time ago. It’s also an excellent place to learn and share ideas. And it’s got all the fun of a family reunion.

Topics and speaker times are still being assigned. Here's a preview of what we'll be featuring this year, with more specifics to come in the near future.

General Session
ACE leadership will discuss efforts underway to help increase ethanol demand and make progress on the strategic priorities of our  members.

Tax Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for the Ethanol Industry
Comprehensive tax reform is set to be one of the top priorities for congressional leadership and the Trump Administration. It is critical that members of the ethanol industry begin planning for how tax reform could affect profitability and competitiveness. Some provisions of tax reform could benefit the industry, while others could be detrimental. In this valuable session, you’ll learn about potential impacts of a wide variety of proposed tax changes and what ethanol businesses can do now to prepare for these looming changes to the tax code.

Retail: Ethanol’s Point of Opportunity
Nationwide availability of E15 and flex fuels is improving every month. Two fuel marketers who have made the switch will reveal why they decided to offer higher ethanol blends, how they overcame the challenges and roadblocks, what they would do differently, and how E15 and flex fuels are affecting their bottom line.

Shifting to High-Octane Fuel
Three experts will highlight how they are putting the pedal to the metal to help automakers accelerate the transition of motor fuel to high-octane ethanol blends.

Global Tailwinds and Headwinds

On the heels of exporting the second-highest volume of ethanol and distillers grains last year, U.S. ethanol exports so far in 2017 are stronger than any year on record.  Jim Galvin, the appointed Leader of the U.S. Grains Council Advisory Team for Ethanol, helps guide the industry’s export market development strategy.  Jim will discuss market trends, the factors driving (and restricting) global demand for ethanol and coproducts, and the implications of Trump administration trade policy reform on the U.S. ethanol industry.

Making Openings (and Re-openings) Grand
There is more to a successful retail grand opening for E15 or E30 than picking a date and setting up a live remote with the local radio station. Promotions require planning and preparation to ensure a large crowd and a positive experience for those who attend. Learn how to bring in a big crowd and send them home smiling, from people who have successfully introduced higher ethanol blends with well-executed retail promotions.

Taking it (Almost) to the Streets: Ethanol Direct to Retail
Infrastructure funding programs help speed the process of making high ethanol blends available to consumers, but before those programs began and after the money runs out, resourceful marketers have been moving ethanol well past the “blend wall” by supplying it at wholesale to reflect RIN value and other ethanol advantages.  Hear how ethanol producers and fuel marketers are improving the availability of competitively priced ethanol through direct marketing.
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DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
1616 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68102
Omaha, United States



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