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FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: ACE welcomes new members, DuPont's cellulosic ethanol technology acquired, and Growth Energy's new chairman of the board.
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | November 15, 2019

Heron Lake BioEnergy, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy join ACE
The American Coalition for Ethanol recently welcomed two new ethanol producer members: Heron Lake BioEnergy in Heron Lake, Minnesota, and Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

HLBE’s 65 MMgy plant provides jobs to 40 full-time employees and has approximately 1,200 investors. “Over the years, I have been able to see and experience the value ACE offers firsthand,” said Kenton Johnson, HLBE and ACE board member. “ACE provides the best value in the industry. The return on investment for ACE’s policy and market development work is, bar none, the best in the business. In a time where our industry is working with difficult margins, it is more important than ever to invest in trade organizations that keep up the fight for ethanol’s access to the market.”

The 130 MMgy SIRE ethanol plant employs 62 people and has over 800 investors. SIRE hosted President Donald Trump to celebrate the lift on the summertime E15 ban this past June. SIRE CEO and 18-year veteran of the ethanol industry Mike Jerke said, “Joining ACE was an initiative we wanted to accomplish this year.

“ACE’s grassroots approach to public policy and market development is top-notch, making the decision to join an easy one,” Jerke added. “They work with the folks who are in the trenches on environmental policy and international market development. Their proven experience and expertise in these areas only strengthened our cause for joining. We need industry champions who are willing to help place us in an offensive position. ACE is doing just that. We look forward to our continued work with this organization.”

Sustainable Technology acquires DuPont’s G2 ethanol technology
Sustainable Technology Corp., a subsidiary of Petron Scientech Inc., has acquired the complete technology assets for the commercial cellulosic ethanol technology developed and demonstrated by DuPont.

The acquired assets include all associated intellectual property and patents, including those for process design and the Zymomonas ethanologens. The acquisition of this technology by Sustainable Technology Corp. allows Petron Scientech to expand the family of renewable fuels and chemicals technologies that it licenses and provides, including those to produce biofuels.

Growth Energy announces new chairman of the board
Dan Sanders is the new chairman of the Growth Energy board of directors. Sanders is the vice president of Front Range Energy, a 48 MMgy ethanol production facility in Windsor, Colorado, that joined Growth Energy in 2008, when the organization was founded.

“I’m honored to serve our members and staff as the next chairman of the Growth Energy board of directors,” Sanders said. “I look forward to working with our dedicated board to lead our association’s strategies to deliver strong demand for our products and supportive policy.”

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor welcomed Sanders as chairman, where his proven leadership will be critical in the battles ahead: “This year we have achieved some major victories for the ethanol industry, but there is still a long road ahead of us. As the vice president of a small plant in Colorado, Dan brings a unique perspective to our board. His years of experience on the Growth Energy board of directors, including as Growth PAC chairman and vice chair of the board, make him the right man to continue leading this organization toward success.”

As chairman, Sanders succeeds Jeff Broin, CEO of Poet LLC, who held the position since the association’s inception in 2008 and through the successful campaign to achieve year-round E15, the original goal on which the association was founded. Upon reaching this industry milestone, Broin announced in September he would step down as chairman, but plans to remain an active member of the Growth Energy board.

Sanders previously served as vice chair of the board, which will now be filled by Mitch Miller. Miller currently serves as the CEO and managing director of Carbon Green BioEnergy LLC, a 55 MMgy biorefinery in Michigan; president of Iroquois Bio-Energy Company LLC, a 50 MMgy biorefinery in Indiana; and managing partner of NUVU Fuels, which owns and operates convenience stores in Michigan and Indiana. Carbon Green BioEnergy joined Growth Energy in January of 2009.

Sustainable Technology Corp. plans to license the technology globally including in biorefineries under development by BioChem USA LLC.