RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum Agenda


Day 1: Monday, October 1, 2018

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Open

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Welcome Reception

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Day 2: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open/Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

RFS2 and RINs Refresher

Sandra Dunphy, Director-Energy Compliance, Weaver

Whether you are new to the RFS2 program or an industry veteran, there’s always more to learn. This session will review the basics of the RFS, including EPA’s proposed 2019 blending volumes and Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits.

Sandra Dunphy is known in the industry as “RINderella” because of her vast knowledge on the generation and use of RIN credits. She will provide a baseline for attendees by reviewing key terms, major compliance rules and recent developments in the program, including EPA’s small refinery waivers and efforts to reduce program compliance costs. Grab breakfast and join us for a can’t-miss refresher that will get you primed for the presentations to follow.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

A Former Regulator’s Views on the RFS

Paul Argyropoulos, former senior policy advisor, U.S. EPA (invited)

 Few people are as closely associated with or as knowledgeable about the RFS2 as Paul Argyropoulos, who in his 12-year career as senior policy advisor at EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality, played a key role in shaping the RFS2. Paul, who is now president of Policy Nexus Advisors, will discuss the current state of the program and where things may be heading. In addition, he will offer his thought on the program’s future and identify key problem areas and suggest potential fixes.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break 

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The Future of the RINs Market

Andy Lipow, President, Lipow Oil Associates

RIN prices have fallen sharply since the start of the year. Is this the market’s new normal or are prices likely to start to rise or even decline more? Noted industry expert Andy Lipow will bring his renowned skills to provide conference attendees with his forecast of which direction RIN credits prices may be headed. Andy will discussing blending demand, RVO considerations, the size of the RIN bank and EPA actions and offer his assessment of what they all may mean for the market going forward. Making predictions on future RIN prices is always risky, but Lipow’s track record makes this session essential for anyone with a stake in the market.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

The RFS Roundtable

Geoff Cooper, Executive VP, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)
Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
Frank Macchiarola, Group Director, Downstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute (API)

 This free-wheeling, moderator-led panel will discuss the very latest developments in the RFS2 program from points of view of the refining and renewable fuel industries. Our panelists will discuss the current state of the program and what the future may hold, including the possibility of legislative or administrative changes.

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

The State of the RFS

Scott Irwin, Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

A nationally recognized expert in the RFS2, Irwin will provide an overview of the state of the RFS2 and an outlook on what he believes may happen between now and 2022. Dr. Irwin also will address the range of factors that could affect the program, including the 2019 blending targets, efforts by EPA and merchant refiners to lower the cost of compliance, efforts to expand the use of E15 and other higher ethanol blends, actions the Trump White House has taken on the program and what Congress may do and when.

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Examining the Legal Landscape for the RFS

Susan G. Lafferty, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

President Donald Trump came into office as a champion of ethanol and renewable fuels, but actions endorsed by the administration have led some to question just how deep a commitment he has to the industry. Susan Lafferty, a long-time Washington attorney who has spent much of her career focused on the RFS2 program, will provide a Washington insider’s views on White House policies and will discuss key legal issues surrounding the program.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Fuel Marketers’ and Retailers’ Views of the RFS

David Fialkov, VP, Government Relations, Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO)
Eva Rigamonti, SIGMA/Steptoe & Johnson LLP

While much of the debate over the RFS2 has centered of late on biofuel producers and refiners, fuel marketers and retailers play key roles and have critical interests in the future of the program. Mr. Fialkov and Ms. Rigamonti, who serves as counsel to the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), will discuss how their members have been affected by recent developments affecting the RFS2 and where they see the program’s future.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception


Day 3: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open/Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

The Refiner’s Perspective on the RFS

Speaker TBD

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

The U.S. Biodiesel Market: Poised for Growth?

Dayne Delahoussaye, Head of North American Public Affairs, Neste
Gene Gebolys, CEO of World Energy

 The U.S. biodiesel industry should be enjoying a renaissance in the wake of the U.S. government’s decision to impose stiff tariffs on imports from Argentina and Indonesia. How is it faring in making up for that supply and what has that meant for the industry? The sharp drop in ethanol RINs has also hurt credit values for biomass-based diesel and our panelists will discuss what that has and will mean for the industry. In addition, our speakers will address the growing importance of Low Carbon Fuel Standard markets in California and Oregon and opportunities and barriers to continued growth.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Blockchain Explained

Buck Endemann, Partner, K&L Gates

 Most people by now have heard of blockchain, but few can tell you exactly what it is, how it works and how it can benefit your business. Buck Endemann, a member of KL Gates’ environmental and power practice groups, will do just that, offering an introduction into the software technology, how it can be used and how it can be applied in the renewable fuels industry.

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns