Any effort to expand ethanol use cannot be successful without the cooperation of America's auto industry. With this in mind, the Renewable Fuels Association announced that General Motors Vice President for Global Product Operations Thomas G. Stephens will keynote the nation's premiere policy and marketing event - the 2010 National Ethanol Conference. This year's conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, on February 15-17.
Expanding the market for ethanol is one of the top priorities for America's biofuel industry. Through the use of mid-level blends like E15, and through higher level blends such as E85, America can begin to significantly reduce its reliance on petroleum as a motor fuel source. RFA President Bob Dinneen says Stephens' experience and expertise will provide attendees greater insight into the thinking of the auto industry with respect to increasing ethanol use.
"The importance of a cooperative and constructive relationship with the auto industry to America's ethanol producers and marketers cannot be overstated," Dinneen said. "Whether it is working on technical issues surrounding mid-level blends or expanding the infrastructure for blender pumps and higher level ethanol blends, having auto companies at the table is critical."