Key Topics

  • Trump Administration Challenges to RFS
  • 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO)
  • A Shift in the RINS Point of Obligation
  • RIN Price Volatility
  • Canada’s National LCFS Program
  • Cellulosic RINs
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Rave Reviews

“The amount of quality sessions highlighting issues of importance to the renewable fuel industry combined with the wide range of networking opportunities make the OPIS Forum a fantastic event.”

-- Andrew Foederer, Senior Compliance Analyst, Repsol

“This is an extremely helpful course for anyone looking to hear the latest in the ever-evolving RIN industry.”

-- Monica Folts, Senior Operations Analyst, TransMontaigne Product Services, LLC

“Best conference to enhance knowledge of RFS/RINs/EPA. After attending seven of these OPIS conferences, I still learn about new issues, regulations, and concerns.”

-- Jane Beteille, RINs Coordinator/Inventory Manager, Northville Industries

2017 RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum Agenda

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Registration Opens

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Networking Welcome Reception

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8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

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9:00 - 10:00 am

RFS2 and RINs – A Primer and Refresher

Sandra Dunphy

Director-Energy Compliance, Weaver

Whether you are new to the RFS2 program or an industry veteran, there is always more to learn. This session will review the basics of the RFS, including EPA’s proposed 2018 biofuels blending volumes and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Sandra Dunphy is known in the industry as “RINderella,” due to her expertise on the generation and use of RFS2 blending credits. She will provide a baseline for attendees by reviewing key terms, major compliance rules and recent developments in the program, including efforts to shift the point of obligation under the RFS program. Grab breakfast and join us for this can’t-miss refresher that will get you primed for the presentations to follow.

10:00 - 11:00 am

Keynote Address: Winds of Change

Paul Argyropoulos

Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. EPA (invited)

EPA is scheduled to release its 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations for biofuels blending in November for 2017. These numbers will have a huge impact on the biofuels industry and on obligated parties, as well as signal the direction of the program in future years. And this is just one of the adjustments that the RFS could undergo. This session will cover the key inflection points to watch for in the program this year and in the future.

11:00 - 11:30 am

Refreshment Break

11:30 am -
12:30 pm

The RFS Roundtable

Geoff Cooper

Vice President, Renewable Fuel Association (RFA)

Michael McAdams

President, Advanced Biofuels Association

Geoff Moody

Vice President, Government Relations, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) (invited)

This panel will cover the latest developments with the RFS, including a discussion of the proposed 2018 RVOs, the point of obligation, prospects Congress will enact changes to the RFS program, efforts to expand the use of E15 and other higher-level ethanol blends, the Trump administration’s policy on renewable fuels and the future of exports.

12:30 - 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 - 2:30 pm

From Coast to Coast – Canada’s Progress Toward a Nationwide LCFS

Jim Grey

Chairman, Renewable Industries Canada; CEO, IGPC Ethanol

Canada is aiming to become the first country to approve a nationwide Low Carbon Fuel Standard. This panel will provide an update on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s progress in designing a clean fuels program and discuss what it could mean for biofuels demand.

2:30 - 3:15 pm

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Predicting the RINs Market

Andy Lipow

President, Lipow Oil Associates

Are RINs prices too high or too low? Overvalued or undervalued? Refining and renewables industry expert consultant Andy Lipow gazes into his renowned crystal ball to examine the evidence on both sides of the arguments for and against higher RINs values. Lipow will discuss blending demand, RVO considerations, the possibly dwindling RINs bank that could spell trouble ahead and provide a few estimates based on those implications. Making predictions on RINs can be a dicey adventure, but Lipow’s track record make this session essential for anyone who has a stake in RIN prices.

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Examining the Legal Landscape Ahead for the RFS

Susan G. Lafferty

Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLC

What will the Trump White House mean for renewable fuels? Long-time Washington lawyer Susan Lafferty will offer her insights into that question and provide an overview of the key legal issues affecting the RFS, including the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling on legal challenges to EPA’s 2014-2016 RVO’s, lawsuits filed against the agency’s 2017 blending targets. She’ll also discuss the legal challenges EPA may face whatever decision it makes on requests to change the RFS program’s point of obligation and the latest developments in RINs fraud.

4:15 - 5:00 pm

Bio and Renewable Diesel – The State of the Union

Alan Rickard


Dayne Delahoussaye

Head of North American Public Affairs, Neste

This panel will discuss the state of the U.S. biomass-based diesel industry, focusing on the chances for a reinstatement of the $1/gal federal tax credit, whether the credit will be changed to a producers’ only credit and what all this will mean for the industry. In addition, our speakers will provide an update of the National Biodiesel Board’s trade complaint against Argentinean and Indonesian imports and the impact of import duties and EPA’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations.

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception

8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 am

A Refiner’s Perspective on the RFS

Obligated parties continue to be frustrated by the lack of clarity in the RFS, and their calls for ending or modifying the program maybe picking up some support in Congress. We’ll hear the viewpoint of one refiner, who will discuss the biggest challenges to compliance and whether there are areas where both refiners and biofuel producers can find common ground.

9:45 -10:45 am

The Sky’s the Limit – Aviation Biofuels

Steve Csonka

Executive Director Commercial, Aviation Fuels Initiative (invited)

Mr. Csonka will discuss the latest developments related to the use of biofuels in the U.S. and global aviation sector. The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization last year committed to hold carbon emissions from commercial aviation at 2020 levels by 2035 through a number of actions, including carbon credit trading and increased use of lower-carbon renewable jet fuel. This recognized expert will discuss where the industry is now and what the future of commercial aviation will be.

10:45 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break

11:00 - 11:45 am

Bullish on Bio – Cellulosic Biofuels That Is!

Patrick Foody

Executive VP, Advanced Biofuels, IOGEN

D3 cellulosic RINs, led by the opening of several commercial-scale plants and EPA’s approval of landfill gas-based biofuels to generate such credits may finally be starting to take off. Our expert will discuss where this critical part of the RFS is now and where is it is likely to go.

11:45 am

Conference Adjourns

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For the 9th consecutive year, the OPIS RFS2, RINs and Biodiesel Forum will be held in Chicago, Illinois. Acknowledged as the foremost professional and business development event for the renewables and biodiesel markets, this year’s event features a full schedule of legislative and technical updates coupled with several opportunities for interaction and relationship building with your current and future customers!

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