Wednesday, September 7, 2022

5:00 – 7:00pmRegistration and Welcome Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by REG:

Renewable Energy Group (REG)

Thursday, September 8, 2022

7:30 – 8:30amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Weaver:


8:30 – 8:45amWelcome and Opening Remarks
Jordan Godwin, Director – Renewable Fuels, OPIS, A Dow Jones Company
8:45 – 9:30amRFS2 and RINs Refresher
John Reese, Director, Weaver

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the RFS or a first-timer, this refresher course is the perfect way to start off the event. Listen in for a critical overview of how the program works as well as key, must-know information in the area of compliance.

9:30 – 10:30amKeynote Address – The View from EPA
Dallas Burkholder, Office of Transportation & Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA is responsible for setting annual renewable fuel blending targets and establishing overall policy direction for the RFS program. After a whirlwind of decisions and rulemaking undertakings over the past year, EPA has the program back on track. Hear about the agency’s latest modifications to the RFS as well as upcoming rulemaking items they’re currently working on, including but not limited to renewable volume obligations (RVOs), small refinery exemption (SRE) waivers and the RFS reset for post-2022, when congressionally mandated blending comes to an end.

10:30 – 11:00amRefreshment Break
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11:00am – 12:15pmThe RFS Roundtable
Frank Macchiarola, Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs, American Petroleum Institute (API)
Geoff Cooper, President & CEO, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)
Geoff Moody, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Policy, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA)

Annually, it might be the most anticipated RFS discussion of the year. Industry stakeholders from both the biofuels side and the refinery side square off in a freewheeling discussion of biofuel-related issues. Advocates for both sectors will share their often-opposing views on the state of the program and where they believe it should be heading.

12:15 – 1:30pmNetworking Luncheon
1:30 – 2:15pmRIN Prices: How Did We Get Here & What Comes Next?
Andy Lipow, President, Lipow Oil Associates
Matthew Blair, Head of Chemicals, Refiners, & Renewable Fuels Equity Research, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
Paul Niznik, Senior Carbon Consultant, EcoEngineers

RINs prices have held comfortably above $1 for much of 2022, providing improved blend economics for biofuels like ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel and others. How sustainable are the price gains seen during the Biden Administration, and what can we expect in the coming year? Our panelists will discuss why prices have risen, what could deflate the RIN bubble, and most importantly, where might prices go next?

2:15 – 3:00pmExamining the Legal Landscape for the RFS
Susan Lafferty, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

The RFS has had its share of pivotal courtroom moments over the program’s history, and the past year has been no different, with key decisions driving EPA action on multiple fronts. Two veteran energy attorneys will discuss the latest court rulings and the wide range of legal issues facing the RFS and how those may impact your business operations.

3:00 – 3:30pmRefreshment Break
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3:30 – 4:15pmBiomass-Based Diesel Roundtable
David Fialkov, National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) & Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA)
Jarrett Whistance, Research Scientist, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU)
Kurt Kovarik, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Clean Fuels Alliance America (CFAA)

Our 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.

4:15 – 5:00pmSustainable Aviation Fuel: All Aboard
Scott Lewis, Executive Vice President Commercial Operations & Strategy, World Energy
Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
Lindsay Fitzgerald, Vice President of Government Relations, Gevo
Rohini Sengupta, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability and Climate, United Airlines

The sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry has seen sharp growth since last taking the stage at this OPIS event in 2016, especially over the past year. 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.

5:30 – 7:00pmNetworking Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland:

Eversheds Sutherland


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Friday, September 9, 2022

7:30 – 8:30amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Weaver:


8:30 – 9:15amThe Refiner’s Perspective on the RFS
Paul Martin, Supply and Trading Director, Marathon Petroleum

It’s a rapidly changing world, and many refiners are embracing low-carbon fuels and reduced emissions to combat climate change. Hear from a key RFS obligated refiner on how they’re adapting to changes and how those changes have affected their RFS compliance.

9:15 – 10:00amFeedstock Concerns: Trouble on the Horizon?
Kevin Clausen, Principal, John Stewart and Associates
Michael Hartquist, Renewable Fuel Feedstocks, Scoular
Greg Staiti, Partner, Energy Compliance Services, Weaver

With a substantial amount of new renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel capacity expected to come online in the next decade, where will the feedstocks come from? Will there be enough feedstocks to sustain the projected growth? Our panel of experts will discuss the outlook ahead.

10:00 – 10:30amRefreshment Break
10:30 – 11:15amSmall Refiner’s Perspective
Aimee Ford, Associate at Perkins Coie, Small Refineries Coalition

RFS stakeholders have faced a tidal wave of uncertainty in recent years, but perhaps none have been more affected by EPA action and court rulings that the small refineries. LeAnn Johnson Koch of Perkins Coie LLP, who represents a coalition of small refinery owners, will speak on how small refineries are handling the changes.

11:15amClosing Remarks / Forum Concludes

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