Following the request from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for comment on how higher octane fuel will play a role in the 2021-2026 model year Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas (CAFE-GHG) standards, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is pleased to announce its 31st annual conference August 15-17 in Minneapolis will provide a timely overview of future demand for liquid fuels and electricity in the U.S. with emphasis on ethanol’s high octane qualities.

The panel entitled “Future Fuels” will take place the morning of Thursday, August 16. One of this year’s featured speakers is Marty Ruikka, President of the research and analysis firm The ProExporter Network (PRX). Ruikka will provide an overview of PRX’s ongoing analyses of rules that impact ethanol and motor gasoline use.

“PRX has ongoing analysis of ZEV [Zero Emission Vehicle] mandate and CAFE-GHG impacts to motor gasoline use and more importantly domestic use of ethanol,” Ruikka said. “The RFS requirements are established regardless of total motor gasoline use. However, stakeholders in the refining sector are pushing new policy initiatives.”

Ruikka added, “PRX has modeled multiple Control Cases of the 95 RON proposal. PRX will also incorporate impacts of the new CAFE-GHG notice of public rulemaking now that the administration has published the proposal.”

John Eichberger, Executive Director of the Fuels Institute, will also speak on the Future Fuels panel at ACE’s upcoming conference. Eichberger’s comments will center on the opportunities for ethanol based on optimizing engine design.

“The day of the electric vehicle is coming, but much more slowly than headlines would lead you to believe,” Eichberger said. “In the interim, the reliance on liquid fuels will remain strong and optimizing fuel formulations with engine design for optimum performance is becoming increasingly important, presenting potential opportunities for ethanol.”