LCFS Workshop Agenda

LCFS Workshop

2018 promises to bring sweeping changes to the LCFS program in 2019 and beyond. Recently approved amendments by the CARB board of directors resulted in an increased reduction of GHG emissions to 20% by 2030, which was previously 10% by 2020. Although the CI targets for 2019 and 2020 will be relaxed from 2.5% reductions to 1.25%, demand for low carbon fuels is ramping up. Obligated parties, renewable fuel producers, jobbers, government agencies are all affected by the LCFS program.

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Day 2: December 13, 2018


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


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9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote: The LCFS Impact on West Coast Refiners

John Reese, Downstream Policy & Advocacy Manager, Americas, Shell Oil Products US

We kick off the second day of the workshop with an informative keynote from a prominent West Coast refiner. As California is moving forward to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2030, how will these climate change programs impact refiners in California and what steps they are taking to meet the ongoing challenges of the LCFS program.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

An LCFS Overview with CARB

Sam Wade, Chief Transportation Fuels Branch, CARB

Sam Wade, a repeat and reliable expert speaker at this event for several years, has been at the forefront of the LCFS from the beginning. Once again, Sam will provide a first-hand look for attendees at how the program has performed so far, and how the amendments to the LCFS program will affect obligated parties, alternative fuel producers, and emerging technologies as carbon-reduction targets ratchet up toward the goal of a 20% reduction below the 2010 level by 2030.

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

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11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Trading the LCFS Credit on ICE

Michael Kierstead, Manager, Environmental and Coal Markets, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
David Dunn, Compliance and Renewables Manager, Idemitsu Apollo

The LCFS credit can now be traded on ICE. Attend this lively panel discussion to hear how the platform is working, and how this offering can help obligated parties hedge their LCFS obligations.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Blockchain Technology and the LCFS Program

Buck Endemann, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Rick Kubin, VP, Clean Energy Block Chain
Greg Staiti, Partner, Energy Compliance Services, Weaver

Quickly emerging blockchain technology is taking center stage, tracking LCFS credits generated from electricity and other non-fuel sources. But how will this new technology impact the LCFS market? We’ve gathered the industry’s premier experts for an exclusive discussion on this emerging topic.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

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2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Renewable Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel

Johannes Escudero, CEO and Executive Director, RNG Coalition
Nina Kapoor, Director of State Government Affairs, RNG Coalition
Steve Compton, CFO, EVP, Sevana Bioenergy
Tom Moffett, Senior VP of Environmental Products, Element Markets

CARB is counting heavily on renewable natural gas to help the state meet the lower carbon intensity requirements of AB32. Producers of RNG are getting this fuel into fleets, and generating LCFS and Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits. Hear from our panel of experts on how much of this product is replacing CNG in California fleets and how much potential the fuel holds.

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

The 2019 LCFS Amendments & Implementation Update (Pathway Applications, Reporting and Compliance)

Anil Prabhu, Manager, Fuels Evaluation Section, CARB

Get a detailed look at the new regulations and how the new LCFS will affect pathways, reporting and compliance. Learn what changes will have the most impact on your business.

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

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4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

A Look Ahead: The Long Term LCFS Credit Price

Kevin Lindemer, Executive Managing Director, IHS Markit
Neil Koehler, CEO, Pacific Ethanol
Leigh Noda, Senior Associate, Stillwater Associates

What exactly will the long-term price of the LCFS credit look like? As the LCFS program heads into 2020 and beyond, what products will produce the most credits? Our panelists weigh in on their thoughts on whether there are enough credits to cover the obligation, or if CARB will need to make further adjustments to the program.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Day 3: December 14, 2018


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote: CARB Compliance and Third Party Verification

Renee Lawver, Greenhouse Gas Verification Program Manager, CARB
Greg Staiti, Partner, Energy Compliance Services, Weaver

The new LCFS regulations require third party verification for renewable fuels. We open the last day of the conference with a detailed overview of these new regulations and how they might affect how you buy renewable fuels and report in the LRT.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Renewable Diesel Feedstocks: Waste Products to Fuel

Rohaise Low, Biofuels Senior Economist, LMC International Ltd
Gene Gebolys, CEO, World Energy
Dayne Delahoussaye, Head of North American Public Affairs, Neste

As demand for renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel continues to grow, sources of feedstocks to produce renewable diesel becomes critical to keep up with demand. Where will the feedstocks come from and how reliable is the supply?

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

EVs: The Road to 5 Million

Eileen Tutt, Executive Director, CALETC
Julia Rege, Director, Environment and Energy, Global Automakers
Philip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF
Arpit Soni, Air Pollution Specialist, CARB

Governor Brown signed an executive order in 2018 mandating 5 million EV’s on the road in California by 2030. How does this impact the LCFS and the automotive market, and what needs to be done to actually get those 5 million EV’s on the road by 2030? Attend this panel to hear the latest updates on the EV market, and how it all ties into the LCFS.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Heading North: Clean Fuel Programs in Oregon and Canada

Ian Thomson, President, Advanced Biofuels Canada
Bill Peters, Clean Fuels Program Analyst, OR Department of Environmental Quality
Mark Gram, EVP and COO, Jubitz Corporation

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court upheld the constitutionality of Oregon Clean Fuels Program in September, and now, the Oregon LCFS continues to move forward with new rule making for the program. Hear how the Oregon LCFS is performing and what changes may be in store for the program. Learn what may be on the horizon for Canada’s clean fuel program(s) and will these markets be competing with California and Oregon for low carbon fuels?

12:15 p.m.

Conference Ends

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