Wednesday, September 15, 2021

5:00 – 7:00pmRegistration and Welcome Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by OTC Direct:

Thursday, September 16, 2021

7:45 – 8:45amRegistration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Weaver:

8:45 – 9:00amWelcome and Opening Remarks
Jeff Barber, Associate Director – Renewables, OPIS by IHS Markit
9:00 – 9:45amRFS2 and RINs Refresher
Sandra Dunphy, Director – Energy Compliance, WeaverSandra “RINderella” Dunphy has delivered an always well-received RFS2 and RINs refresher course nearly every year since the start of the OPIS RFS, RINs and Biofuel Forum. Dunphy provides a valuable overview of how the critical RFS credit market operates and the factors that influence it. An absolute must, especially for newcomers to the RFS.
9:45 – 10:30amKeynote Address – The View from the EPA
Dallas Burkholder, Office of Transportation & Air Quality, US EPA
EPA is responsible for setting annual renewable fuel blending targets and establishing overall policy direction for the RFS program. The 2020 presidential election put a new administrator at the head of the agency, resulting in distinct change in EPA’s approach to small refinery exemptions (SREs). But the Biden administration’s push to electrify transportation has increased concerns from the refining and renewable fuel industries over the mid- to long-term future of liquid fuels. Hear what RFS-related matters EPA is working on, including the annual Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), SRE policy and how the agency will approach the program after 2022, when congressionally mandated blending comes to an end.
10:30 – 11:00amRefreshment Break

Sponsored by RINAlliance:

11:00am – 12:00pmRIN Markets: Where are Credit Prices Heading and Why?
Aakash Doshi, Head of Commodities, North America, Citi Research
James Stock, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School
Andy Lipow, President, Lipow Oil Associates, LLCRINs prices began to rise after November’s presidential election and have since hit all-time records, fueled in part by perceptions of a more biofuels-friendly policy approach under the Biden administration and sharply higher biofuel feedstock prices. Our panelists will discuss why prices have risen, what could deflate the RINs bubble, and most importantly, where might prices go next?
12:00 – 1:15pmLuncheon

Sponsored by New Stone Americas:

1:15 – 2:15pmThe RFS Roundtable
Frank Macchiarola, American Petroleum Institute
Geoff Moody, Vice President, Government Relations, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (Invited)
Mike McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
The RFS Roundtable is a freewheeling discussion of biofuel-related issues between oil and renewable fuel industry speakers. Advocates for both sectors will share their often-opposing views on the state of the program and where they believe it should be heading.
2:15 – 3:00pmExamining the Legal Landscape for the RFS
Susan Lafferty, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
David McCullough, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
The RFS has had its share of pivotal courtroom moments over the program’s 13-year history — and 2021 has been no different, with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing for the first time ever to weigh in on an RFS issue. Two veteran energy attorneys will discuss the court’s ruling on SREs as well as the wide range of legal issues facing the RFS and how those may impact your business operations.
3:00 – 3:30pmRefreshment Break

Sponsored by Targray:

3:30 – 4:15pmSustainable Aviation Fuel: Ready to Take Off?
Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Institute
Jimmy Samartzis, CEO, LanzaJetThe sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry has seen sharp growth since last taking the stage at this OPIS event in 2016. What has gone right for the industry in recent years and what other obstacles must be overcome before the fuel can truly take off with widespread blending increases? Our panel of industry representatives will discuss market and policy factors affecting SAF’s future.
4:15 – 5:00pmBiomass Based Diesel: A Market Outlook
Jarrett Whistance, Program Leader, Biofuel Market and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri Food & Agricultural Policy Research Institute
Kurt Kovarik, Vice President – Federal Affairs, National Biodiesel Board

Virginia King, Refining Sustainability Manager, Marathon Petroleum CompanyOur expert panel explores the current state of the biomass-based based diesel market, including supply and demand drivers, where the industry is heading and potential roadblocks to expanded use of the fuel and the outlooks for both traditional biodiesel and renewable diesel.
5:30 – 7:00pmNetworking Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by REG

Friday, September 17, 2021

8:00 – 9:00amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45amOpening Remarks/The Refiner’s Perspective on the RFS
John Reese, Fuels Product Management Advisor, Shell
John Reese has been around fuels policy since long before the RFS program’s inception in 2005. He will provide his unique perspective on the program’s twists and turns in recent years as well as his thoughts on where the RFS may be headed from the vantage point of a major integrated RFS obligated refiner.
9:45 – 10:30amAchieving RFS Compliance in the Pandemic
Greg Staiti, Partner, Energy Compliance Services, Weaver
Ashley Player, Partner, Energy Compliance Services, Weaver

The COVID-19 pandemic reached far corners of the world, and RFS compliance was also impacted. Greg Staiti and Ashley Player will provide a critical overview for how you can ensure your business operations remain RFS-compliant in these uncertain times.
10:30 – 11:00amRefreshment Break
11:00 – 11:45amHigher Ethanol Blends – What does the Future Hold
Ron Lamberty, Senior Vice President, American Coalition for Ethanol
Rob Underwood, President, Energy Marketers of America

With RINs prices soaring to record highs in 2021, how have higher blends of ethanol (such as E15 and E85) benefited? Has the rollout of higher blends been as successful as the ethanol industry had hoped? And what challenges remain, from a policy and market perspective? Our panel of representatives from both the ethanol industry and the retail and energy marketing sector will offer their thoughts on E15 and other higher ethanol blends.
11:45amForum Concludes