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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…


ACE: China phase one trade deal is a step forward, but significant ethanol market constraints remain

Sioux Falls, SD (January 15, 2020) – Today, a “phase one” trade agreement between the U.S. and China was signed and is set to go into effect within 30 days. Among other provisions, the partial agreement includes a commitment by China to purchase agricultural products over the next two years, including U.S. ethanol and distillers grains. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued…


ACE appoints Fosheim as Director of Member and Industry Relations

Sioux Falls, SD (January 13, 2020) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has appointed Nick Fosheim, former executive director of South Dakota’s Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations, to serve as Director of Member and Industry Relations at the organization’s office based out of Sioux Falls. ACE CEO Brian Jennings says Fosheim’s experience coordinating business attraction…


New Report Shows How a Clean Fuels Policy For the Midwest Should Be Designed

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ACE: Passing USMCA important to building upon key trade partner relationships

Sioux Falls, SD (December 19, 2019) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was signed by the United States, Mexico and Canada last November to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new agreement solidifies a multi-billion-dollar export market while providing more certainty to farmers and instilling confidence in other…


ACE: EPA’s final 2020 RFS rule fails to uphold the President’s biofuel deal

Sioux Falls, SD (December 19, 2019) –Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) along with its finalized supplemental rulemaking that addresses how the Agency will handle the Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) provision in the program moving forward. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings…


ACE urges EPA to get RFS back on track

Sioux Falls, SD (November 26, 2019) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments  today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed supplemental rulemaking to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE CEO Brian Jennings detailed three areas in which the proposal falls short in ACE’s written comments, including the proposed…


ACE elects 2020 officers and executive committee

Sioux Falls, SD (November 21, 2019) – During its fourth quarter meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Board of Directors elected its Officers and Executive Committee for 2020. Re-elected to serve as officers on the 2020 Executive Committee are: Duane Kristensen, serving as ACE’s Board President. Kristensen is the General Manager and Vice President of Operations of Chief Ethanol Fuels,…



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