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Spring. When a young man’s thoughts turn to gas and ethanol and Russia and Saudi Arabia and coronavirus…

  By Ron Lamberty, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior Vice President Probably the two questions I’ve been asked most by reporters in the past month have been whether the Covid-19 outbreak would hurt the ethanol industry and “when will this thing be over?” The simple answers are “Yes,” and “How would I know?” Of course, a steep drop in fuel use resulting from people staying home to avoid…


Don't lose heart or courage

By Brian Jennings, ACE CEO Remember being optimistic this year would be better than 2019? Before COVID-19 and an oil price war entered the fray? Hopefully we can salvage 2020, but as I pen this column on March 24, the new reality for millions of Americans is to work from home and do their part to “flatten” the coronavirus curve, slow its transmission, and avoid overwhelming hospitals. About one-third…


Remembering the life of industry veteran Randy Ives

Pictured: Randy Ives, wife Denise, daughter gabriella, and industry friends and colleagues at ace's 2019 annual conference.  Randy Ives was honored with ACE's most prestigious award, the Merle Anderson Award, named after ACE's founder, for his distinguished contributions to the advancement of the U.S. ethanol industry during the 2019 August conference in Omaha. Duane Kristensen, ACE Board President,…


Changing Export Markets Provide Challenges, Opportunities

As demand for ethanol in the United States has been pummeled by EPA small refinery exemptions (SREs) over the past two years, ethanol marketers have focused increasing attention on export markets. Those increased exports have been the difference between profit and plant closure for the ethanol industry in 2017 and 2018, but the president’s ongoing and increasing trade battles have reduced the amount…


ACE Senior VP Ron Lamberty's take on first Mexico retailer mission in Iowa

PHOTO: Tour leaders American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior VP Ron Lamberty (L) and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Managing Director Lucy Norton Since ACE created its Market Development program nearly 20 years ago, our approach has been to connect prospective ethanol retailers (whether they knew they were prospective or not) with other retailers and marketers who had already increased…


THE BILLION GALLON MAKET NEXT DOOR

By Ron Lamberty, Senior Vice President, American Coalition for Ethanol Three years ago, gasoline retailers in Mexico had no control over what brand or grades of fuel they sold in their stations. They also didn’t determine fuel prices, when they got fuel deliveries, or even whether they have fuel on hand. Eighty years ago, Mexico created the state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, better known…


Ethanol Education Is Essential To Winning Mexican Market

The Council conducted ethanol training in Monterrey last spring, including – from left to right – Manuel Vital, Secretary of Sustainable Development of the State of Nuevo Leon; Ron Lamberty, American Coalition for Ethanol senior vice president; Ryan LeGrand USGC Mexico director; Jorge Lerdo, USGC ethanol consultant; Isaias Romero, Mexican Association of Service Station Equipment Suppliers president; and Ricardo Contreras, Agencia de Seguridad Energia Y Ambiente, subdirector of regulation.


When the Going Gets Tough… the Tough Go to Mexico?

Ron Lamberty, ACE Senior Vice President, highlights efforts ACE and others have been making to grow the use of ethanol in the U.S. and in Mexico.


ACE webinar delivers ethanol market development progress report domestically and abroad

Right now, ethanol prices are at record lows, and if there’s any upside to depressed ethanol prices, it’s the opportunity to open new markets. ACE's Ron Lamberty believes there’s an opportunity now for more retailers to begin selling low-cost E15 and for more consumers to start saving money at the pump.


OPIS Interview: ACE Sees Potential for Ethanol Splash Blending in Mexico

Splash blending of ethanol with gasoline was a trend seen in the U.S. about 10 years ago, but that logistics move went away when oil terminals with expanded storage capacities introduced in-line capability. However, with Mexican gasoline wholesale and retail market beginning to find its feet following market liberalization a couple of years ago, wholesalers and retailers in Mexico may see opportunities…



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