2019 RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum Agenda

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Day 1: Monday, September 23, 2019

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Open

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Welcome Reception

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Day 2: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Registration Open/Continental Breakfast

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8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Jeff Barber, Executive Editor, OPIS

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

RFS2 and RINs Refresher

Sandra Dunphy, Director-Energy Compliance, Weaver

Sandra’s primer on RINs has become a tradition at our conference and is always popular with our attendees. Sandra, whose understanding of how RIN credits are generated and used is second to none, will provide a baseline for attendees by reviewing key terms, major compliance rules and recent developments in the program, including EPA’s small-refinery exemptions and the proposed 2020 RVOs. Sandra will also discuss EPA’s ongoing efforts to bring more transparency into how the credits are bought and sold.

Grab breakfast and join us for a can’t-miss refresher that will get you ready for the presentations to follow.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote: The View from EPA

Dallas Burkholder, Office of Transportation & Air Quality, US EPA

EPA is responsible for administering the RFS2 and its policy decisions can have profound effects on program. Our expert will offer their insights on key upcoming decisions including the critical “set” rule that will chart a path forward for the program after 2022 when statutory annual volume targets are scheduled to end.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

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11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Fuel Marketers and Retailers’ View of the RFS

David Fialkov, Vice President, Government Relations, Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, NATSO
Eva Rigamonti, counsel NACs and SIGMA
Rob Underwood, President, PMAA

Fuel retailers and marketers play key roles in the RFS and have critical interests in the program’s future. Our panelists will discuss the RFS2 issues and developments important to their industries, including the problems and opportunities associated with year-round E15 sales as well EPA efforts to bring more transparency into RIN markets.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

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1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

The RFS Roundtable

Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Geoff Moody, Vice President, Government Relations, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
Mike McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, National Biodiesel Board (NBB)

This unscripted, wide-ranging moderator-led panel will discuss the latest developments in the RFS2 program by representatives from both the biofuel and refining industries. Panelists will discuss the current state of the program and what the future may hold, including the possibility of legislative or administrative changes.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Where are RIN Prices Headed?

Patrick Foody, Executive Vice President, Advanced Biofuels, Iogen Corporation

Patrick Foody, one of the foremost experts in RIN prices will provide a deep dive into the RIN markets, examining the utility of price forecasts, including the track record of different approaches and present his views on the outlook for credit prices under different scenarios.

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

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4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Examining the Legal Landscape for the RFS

Susan Lafferty, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland LLP
David McCullough, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Bryan M. Stockton, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

It’s safe to say that no major RFS2 policy decision has not been challenged in court. Our panel of attorneys, all of whom have extensive experience in the program, will provide a rundown how Washington policy may change in the upcoming election year, as well as current cases before the courts, including the oil refining industry challenge to the E15 rule, and take a look at major upcoming issues that are likely headed for litigation.

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Renewable Natural Gas: The State of the Industry with a Look at eRINs

David Cox, Director of Operations & General Counsel, RNG Coalition
Bob Cleaves, President & CEO, Biomass Power Association
Scott O’Neill, Director of Biogas Marketing, Waste Management

Renewable natural gas has become the fastest-growing source of advanced biofuels under the RFS2 and the fuel is playing an increasingly important role in California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program. Our panel will discuss where the RNG industry is now and what policy support is needed to ensure future growth.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

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Day 3: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open/Continental Breakfast

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9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

The Refiner’s Perspective on the RFS

Bob Anderson, Fuels Policy Consultant, Chevron Global Downstream LLC

Refiners and fuel importers continue to have concerns about the RFS and are hoping Congress will make changes to the program. We’ll hear the viewpoint of one major integrated refiner, who will discuss the biggest challenges to compliance and identify potential areas of compromise between obligated parties and biofuel producers.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

The U.S. Biodiesel Market: What Does the Future Hold

Scott Hedderich, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, REG
Joe Gershen, Founder and President, Encore Biorenewables

The U.S. biodiesel industry was hoping for new growth after the Trump administration imposed stiff tariffs on imports of the fuel from Argentina, but soft markets for conventional diesel, weak D4 RIN prices sparked by small-refinery waivers and uncertainty over whether Congress would reinstate the federal blender’s tax credit have hurt growth. Our panel will discuss the state of the industry, the push by some producers to boost renewable diesel capacity and what needs to happen to restore the industry to health.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

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10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Analysts’ View of the RFS

Aakash Doshi, Senior Commodities Strategist, Citi
Neelesh Nerurkar, Vice President, Clearview Energy Partners
Rohaise Low, Senior Biofuel Economist, LMC International Ltd.

The RFS2 continues to be buffeted by both policy decisions from Washington and changes in transportation trends that include declining demand for gasoline in the U.S. and Americans’ slow, but growing interest in electric vehicles. Our panel of industry analysts will discuss these and other trends affecting the program and offer their insights into what the future may hold for the renewable fuels industry.

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns


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