Executive Forum Agenda

Monday, October 27, 2014

Come one day early and attend this special Executive Forum on the topic of Politics, Polemics and the Shifting Paradigm.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast in the Sponsor Lounge

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Free and Unfettered Market?
Speaker TBD

The tight oil revolution has spurred one of the most intense debates in decades. Will the U.S. tweak, modify, or lift its crude oil export ban? Are exports of condensate or “modified” hydrocarbons likely to alter some traditional supply balances. What is the likely course of action given the vested interests in Washington? We’ll have a comprehensive view that sets the stage for how upstream, midstream and downstream markets may be shaped for the rest of the decade.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
RFS: Renewable Problems or Solutions:
Speaker TBD

Are wild seasonal price fluctuations and annual negotiations on renewable volumes a fixture or a fluke? We’ll look at the renewable landscape, covering everything from feedstock and commodity costs to the likely slates in 2015 and beyond. Is RINsanity behind us, or will it haunt suppliers, marketers and all stakeholders for another year or more? Bonus: Are higher ethanol blends likely to be the solution to some of the challenges for auto manufacturers fighting to reach tougher CAFE standards?

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break in the Sponsor Lounge

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LCFS and Cap and Trade –
Is Greenhouse Gas Regulation Coming Soon to a State Near You?

David Hackett – President, Stillwater Associates

David HackettCalifornia is arguably the “canary in a coalmine” when it comes to new regulations. Refiners in the states are essentially on the hook for three different programs, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Cap and Trade and the Renewable Fuel Standard. And starting January 1, 2015, those doing business at the rack level become subject to cap and trade laws. Other states are expected to keep a close eye on California for successful implementation strategies.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Riding the Rails
Mark D. Smith – Executive Vice President, Delek Holdings US, Inc.

Moving crude oil by rail has become all the rage, but with this brisk growth has come new scrutiny, not just for crude oil, but for ethanol as well. The movement of millions of barrels by rail now attracts the scrutiny of regulators, as well as politicians and the press. What are some of the likely choices that the transportation companies face as rail movement runs accelerate?

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
On the Waterfront
Charlie Papavizas – Partner, Winston & Straw

Charlie PapavizasSuddenly, the Jones Act is no longer regarded as a sacred cow. A key ruling from U.S. Customs could allow hydrocarbon components to move from U.S. refiners to the Bahamas and back to the U.S. in vessels that don’t carry the American flag. Nobody knows the politics of coastal waterways like top maritime attorney Charlie Papavizas, who did indeed write the book on maritime law. In this exclusive appearance, Papavizas will look at how this ruling, and likely subsequent rulings may merge with politics and define waterborne transportation through the rest of the decade.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break in the Sponsor Lounge

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pro or Con: A Debate on Crude Oil Exports
Speaker TBD

The effort to lift the export ban on crude oil has barely started, and the effort to stop any relaxation is nascent as well. Two of the top advocates will break down the case for continuation of the ban, or a more vibrant export market in this can’t miss session. They’ll also handicap the probable path that Washington will pursue in the next 15-24 months. Bonus: How might the status of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve factor in to the ultimate decision.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception




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