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Argus Consulting RFS and RINs Training

Join Argus Consulting Services for a deep dive training on the RFS and RINs market!

19 March 2018 Half Moon Bay, California | 16 May 2018 Houston


Topics to be addressed include:

  • US biofuels market, opportunities and constraints
  • Product costs and RINs price pass-through: The ugly truth
  • Interpreting the Argus RINs annual price forecasts
  • RFS risk factors and related biofuels policy forecasts
  • Influences from policy (CAFE, blender tax credit, LCFS, state incentives)
  • Buyer practices in an unhedged market
  • Long and short term strategies driving the market

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Companies that have benefited from this training series include:
Ameresco · Shell Oil Products US · Cargill Inc. · Odebrecht Agroindustrial S.A · Energy Developments · Summit Energy, LLC · Enerkem · Iogen Corporation · Blue Star Gas · AFPM · ExxonMobil Res. and Eng. · Repsol Trading USA Corp · W. R. Henderson Construction · SEI Fuel Services, Inc. · POET Research Inc. · Neste · Ameresco · EcoEngineers · Finefair Inc. · TEA · Susquehanna International Gp · Tesoro · Transmontaigne Partners LP · Greenlane Biogas · W. R. Henderson Construction · Renewable Energy Group · Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc · Constellation Energy, Exelon · Elbow River Marketing Ltd. · Shell Oil Products
Who should attend: 
Regional Manager · Channel Optimizer - Biofuels · Senior Director - Energy Risk Management · Business Development Analyst · Analyst · Director of Natural Gas Marketing · Analyste · EVP Advanced Biofuels · In-House Counsel · Chief Industry Analyst · Research Guidance Advisor · Sr. Compliance Advisor · President · Manager, Carbon Compliance · Intellectual Asset Manager · Market Analyst Renewables · Business Development Manager · Managing Partner · Owner · Portfolio Mgmt · Analyst · Regulatory Fuel Analyst · Business Development · Business Development Director · Technology Director · Business Development Manager · Sr. Manager, Marketing · Vice President · Principal, Business Development and Structuring, M.A. · Refined products, Trading & Marketing · Commercial Analyst

08:00 - 09:00  Registration and Coffee
09:00 - 11:00  Session 1
  • An overview of Renewable Fuels Standard
  • RINs types and rules for using RINs for compliance
  • Examining how the rules have shaped the “unusual” behavior of the RINs and biofuels markets. (D6-D4 Spreads)
  • How Cellulosic Waiver Credits set cellulosic RINs prices
  • Understanding RINS price risk factors, part 1
11:00 - 11:15  Break
11:15 - 13:00 Session 2
  • Biofuel blending: economics and drivers
  • How the “blendwall” chose the future biofuels for the RFS
  • The lynchpin RIN: commodity-driven D4 RIN economics
  • Understanding more of the factors in RINs and biofuels prices
  • Influences from policy (CAFE, blender tax credit, LCFS, state incentives)
  • Interpreting the Argus RINs annual price forecasts
  • RINs price forecasting 101
13:00 - 14:00  Lunch
14:00 - 15:30  Session 3
  • Annual rulemakings and Renewable Volume Obligations.
  • RVO costs to refiners and effects on fuels markets.
  • Product costs and RINs price pass-thorough: The ugly truth.
  • Strategic action by obligated parties.
  • Suggestions on“Hedging” strategies in unhedgeable markets.
  • Risks and rewards from compliance strategies.
  • US biofuels market, opportunities and constraints.

15:30 - 15:45  Afternoon Break
15:45 - 16:00 Summary and Discussion 
  • After-talk: RINS price risks, part 2: Near Term factors
  • After-talk: Long and short-term strategic thinking.

March 19, 2018

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
One Miramontes Point Road
Half Moon Bay, California 94019

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May 16, 2018

Hilton Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77056

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Registration Pricing

Standard Registration $1295

*Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Terms and Conditions

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Antitrust Compliance Reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust laws seriously. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application

Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. 


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.

Presented by:

Paul Niznik

Paul Niznik, 

Manager, Biofuels & Environmental 

Argus Consulting Services

December 7, 2017

Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77056

March 19, 2018

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
One Miramontes Point Road
Half Moon Bay, California 94019

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