OMAHA, Neb. — Ethanol and biofuels experts from across the nation will be in Omaha for the annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum April 13-14 at the La Vista Conference Center. Gov. Pete Ricketts will open the event issuing a welcome address to attendees.
Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, is one of the featured speakers April 14. Growth Energy represents producers and supporters of renewable energy, who feed the world and fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic wellbeing and create a healthier environment for all Americans.
“The production and use of ethanol generates a variety of economic and public health benefits,” said Todd Sneller, administrator for the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “We are fortunate to have Emily Skor provide an overview of health and environmental benefits that accrue by using ethanol-blended fuels.”
The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency will soon roll out an array of ground-level ozone mitigation steps that can help the Omaha Metro area combat pollution challenges in 2017. Skor will highlight consumers’ role in reducing pollution when they select ethanol fuels at the pump, Sneller noted.
“Ethanol will play an increasingly important part in reducing the toxicity of gasoline,” he said. “By replacing some of the most dangerous chemicals in gasoline with ethanol, we can reduce adverse health and environmental risks.”
Skor joined Growth Energy in May 2016 as the CEO of the organization. Prior to Growth Energy, she served as the vice president of communications of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the executive director of the CHPA Educational Foundation. For more than a decade, she helped Fortune 500 companies and industry associations manage issues affecting brand confidence and corporate reputation through media, advocacy, coalition building and consumer education campaigns.
Wrapping up the final day of the conference, Skor will present at 11:30 a.m. April 14.
The two-day forum, which is in its 12th year, is arranged for ethanol producers and others integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking and marketing of ethanol and its co-products. The forum runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
Other topics during the forum include ethanol marketing challenges; trade policy and its impact on ethanol and DDG exports; emerging trends in ethanol co-products; octane and higher ethanol blends; and integrating technology for efficiency, profitability and sustainability.
More than 130 ethanol industry leaders are expected to be in attendance. Online registration and a detailed agenda are available at www.ethanol.nebraska.gov. Registration is open until 5 p.m. April 12. Scholarships also are available to college and university students and can be accessed online.
The Ethanol 2017: Emerging Issues Forum is presented by the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Clean Fuels Development Coalition, American Coalition for Ethanol and the Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition.