ACE Conference Offers Retailer Workshop

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual conference is offering a free workshop for retailers interested in selling higher ethanol blends.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon offer another $100 million in biofuel infrastructure grants under its Higher Blends and Infrastructure Incentives Program (HBIIP), so ACE is inviting retailers to learn how to get their share of available funds for new E15 and E85 fueling equipment, and hear how other marketers have increased customer counts and profits selling higher ethanol blends.

The E15 and Flex Fuel Retailer Workshop will feature the manager of the USDA HBIIP grant program, two of the nation’s most successful E15 and E85 marketers, and others ready to help retailers obtain grants covering 50 percent or more of the cost of new dispensers and other equipment.

“Retailers and anyone who works with them will learn how fuel marketers view higher ethanol blend opportunities in the current fuels marketplace, what it really costs to add those blends, how partnering with USDA can cut those costs in half, and how ACE helps retailers navigate the process,” said Ron Lamberty, ACE Chief Marketing Officer, who coordinated the event.

Randy Gard, COO of Bosselman Enterprises, which owns the Nebraska-based Pump & Pantry convenience store chain, and Jeff Wilkerson, Government Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager, with California-based Pearson Fuels, one of the nation’s largest E85 distributors, will share the companies’ experience with making the switch and the help they were able to leverage along the way through HBIIP funding. Lamberty will provide an overview of the equipment, infrastructure and costs associated with adding higher ethanol blends, highlighting ACE’s online “Flex Check” E15 compatibility tool.

Jeff Carpenter, Energy Coordinator with USDA Rural Development managing HBIIP, will walk through program details and application process for the latest round of HBIIP funding, which is expected to be announced soon. The workshop will also offer retailers the opportunity to connect with grant writers and others who can help navigate the application process.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, August 10, from 3–5 p.m. at the Marriott Downtown-Capitol District in Omaha, Nebraska, to kick-off The ACE annual conference. Marketers can sign up by clicking here.

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