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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is redesigning and beefing up its Web site -- www.ethanol.org -- to become a source for ethanol information that's quick and easy to navigate.
ACE, a non-profit organization made up of more than 1200 members across 47 states, added an "Industry at a Glance" section that provides information seekers the most relevant ethanol industry statistics. The Frequently Asked Section was updated with the most recent facts and figures on ethanol in the U.S. A comprehensive "Ethanol Research" section was also added that provides sources of information for numerous ethanol topics.
The Web site also hosts a section for petroleum marketers, where resources concerning conversion procedures, storage and dispensing, trade shows, pricing, taxes, marketing, promotions and research are available to retailers looking to diversify the fuels they offer at stations.
The Status 2006: ACE State-by-State Ethanol Handbook is available on the Web site, and the next edition -- which will be published in the spring -- will be added.
The organization also updated the Renewable Fuels Standard section, where visitors can view ACE's formal comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the proposal, which was passed this year. The Renewable Fuels Standard calls for an increase in the use of agricultural fuels in the U.S. from four billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel used in 2006 to at least 7.5 billion gallons in 2012; in addition to an annual increase of approximately 700 million gallons per year of renewable fuels after that, according to the organization's Web site.
ACE's members include ethanol producers, farmers, investors, commodity organizations, businesses supplying goods and services to the industry, rural electric cooperatives and individuals that want to see ethanol play a larger role in the nation's energy industry. Founded in 1988, the organization's goal is to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil imports; provide a value-added alternative for the nations farm products; create public awareness of the uses and benefits of ethanol; and support legislative efforts to promote ethanol usage.