The American Coalition for Ethanol celebrated its 30th annual conference this week by highlighting recent victories for the industry and embracing the challenges moving forward.
“We’re as close as we’ve ever been to getting Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) relief for E15 and higher ethanol blends thanks to bipartisan leadership in Congress and a new way of thinking at EPA,” ACE executive vice president Brian Jennings said in his opening address to the membership, urging them to encourage their senators to be “creative and relentless in exploring ways to enact RVP legislation when they return to D.C. next month.”
Jennings also encouraged attendees to submit comments to EPA by the end of the month on the 2018 RFS by thanking EPA for proposing 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel, but also conveying the agency needs to increase the cellulosic target in the final rule. Simply put, backpedaling on the RFS won’t make America great again….we all need to be vocal about the fact that a strong rural economy depends upon growing demand for renewable fuels.”
Audio file: Brian Jennings, ACE opening remarks