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ICGA’s High Octane Fuel Summit Celebrates the Power of Ethanol for Fuel Retailers

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Few things on earth express power and speed like the race cars that charge around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The High Octane Fuel Summit, presented by the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) on May 2 at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway, Ind., celebrates that convergence of power and speed for ethanol retailers and consumers.

Octane allows an engine to run at higher compression ratios and extract more of the energy from gasoline. More energy equals the ability to do more work, and that means a properly engineered vehicle will go farther, faster on the same amount of gasoline. Corn-based ethanol naturally contains that high-octane punch. This means opportunities for retailers and fuel savings for consumers The High Octane Fuel Summit’s agenda covers the benefits and opportunities found in higher blends of ethanol in gasoline for fuel retailers and their customers.

“This is a can’t-miss event for fuel retailers,” said ICGA Vice President Mike Beard. “Ethanol provides a cleaner burning fuel that is good for the environment and people. That’s why organizations like the American Lung Association and Clean Cities Coalition support ethanol use. Produced right here in Indiana using 47 percent of Indiana’s corn crop, ethanol offers consumers noticeable savings at the pump and draws them to retail operations.”

ICGA has carefully selected industry experts to bring you valuable information for your fuel retail operation. Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, plans to highlight recent developments in the ethanol industry. The Summit includes a discussion of engines and ethanol with Ford’s Powertrain and Analysis expert, Tom Leone. Additionally, American Coalition for Ethanol Vice President Ron Lamberty leads a panel dialogue on retail infrastructure with leading fuel retailers who offer higher blends of ethanol at their locations. They will discuss ease of station conversion and how they support the growth of ethanol markets.

The event will take place at Dallara IndyCar Factory at 1201 N. Main Street in Speedway, Ind., on May 2. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – including lunch. Admission is free, but you must register in advance. The Summit also features complimentary admission to Dallara’s racing museum, street-legal race car rides, racing simulators and a green-screen photo booth in a race car thanks to generous sponsorships from American Lung Association, National Corn Growers Association, K-Coe Isom, Family Express, Renewable Fuel Association, Syngenta, Casey’s General Store, South Bend Ethanol, Central Indiana Ethanol, CountryMark, Urban Air Initiative, Cardinal Ethanol and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.

At more than 1.1 billion gallons per year, Indiana stands as the fifth-largest U.S. producer of ethanol. The state generates 7.5 percent of the total U.S. ethanol output. Indiana’s production will increase when the state’s 15th ethanol plant goes online during the first quarter of 2020. These ethanol plants consume nearly 47 percent of Indiana’s total corn crop – more than 410 million bushels.

For more information, contact Lauren Taylor at 317-644-2863 or ltaylor@incorn.org