US ethanol event draws more delegates, sentiment improves

16 February 2010 22:35  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS news)--Attendance at the 2010 National Ethanol Conference increased slightly from 2009, the event's organiser said on Tuesday, while delegates pointed to a perceived improvement in sentiment about the US ethanol industry.

Attendance at the meeting in Orlando was estimated at around 1,300 delegates, a Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) representative said, adding that last year's conference in San Antonio attracted some 1,250 participants.

Morale in Orlando seems markedly improved when compared with the previous year, according to some delegates.

An official with an ethanol group based in Iowa pointed to a return to profitability as the reason for increased confidence in the US ethanol industry.

The RFA opened the event on Tuesday by lambasting the oil industry, while also calling for continued government support for the US ethanol programme.

The conference in Orlando will close on Wednesday. The RFA plans to hold next year's ethanol conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on 20-22 February 2011.

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By: William Lemos
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