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Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit

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Pre-conference Day: Monday, October 9th 
09:00 - 16:00 

Pre-conference Workshop: Argus Consulting RINs and RFS Training

A full day of A - Z training on the RFS and RINs market! Topics to be discussed 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

Instructor: Paul Niznik, Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting Services

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*Fee - $995 for conference delegates, $1,295 to just attend the workshop 

16:30 - 17:00

Opening Night Reception 

Meritage Resort and Spa

Sponsored by GlassPoint Solar 

Day 1: Tuesday, October 10th 

07:00 - 08:30

Registration and Breakfast 

07:15 - 08:15 

Women in Carbon and Emissions Breakfast 

To celebrate diversity in the carbon and emissions industry, join us for a women's only networking breakfast before the main conference. Connect with other influential women in the industry, one-on-one!

*Fee - $50
08:30 - 08:35

Chairman's Opening Remarks

08:35- 10:00

General Session 1: The State of the North American Carbon Market

  • California’s post-2030 emissions goals 
  • Ontario’s role in the North American carbon market 
  • Industry’s new role in carrying out global climate goals

Melissa Lavinson, VP Federal and Political Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, PG&E
More speakers to be announced 

10:00 - 10:30

Morning Break 

Track 1: Fuel Markets 

10:30 - 12:00 - Session 1A: California and Oregon's LCFS Programs

  • The future of the California LCFS: Refiners and importers have easily met California LCFS targets so far, but the state’s new scoping plan calls for more aggressive mandates. How will companies comply with the new targets? How might ongoing litigation against the program affect it moving forward?
  • The impact of new fuels standards on west coast refiners: How will large and independent refiners adapt to new potential LCFS goals? 
  • Year one of Oregon’s LCFS: What can we learn from the first year of Oregon’s LCFS? What cost containment measures might be addressed? What is the future of electricity as a transportation fuel in the program? 
  • Promoting EV adoption: What lessons have we learned from California's LCFS electricity pathyway? What could version 2.0 look like for this pathway in California and Oregon? 

Sam Wade, Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board
Miles Heller, Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Andeavor 
Ken Morgan, Director, Business Development and Government Affairs, Tesla 

Track 2: Carbon Markets 

10:30 - 12:00 - Session 2A: The Clean Power Plan Falters – What is next? 

  • The future of coal-plant retirements and natural gas under a rescinded Clean Power Plan: Will utilities continue to retire coal-plants and switch to cleaner burning fuels under absent federal regulations? 
  • Utilities in red states: What will the generation fuel mix look like for utilities in the South? 
  • RGGI, Washington and the United States Climate Alliance: How will states work together and continue to pursue emission targets set-out by the Clean Power Plan? 

Xantha Bruso, Manager, GHG Strategy and Policy Analytics, Grid Integration and Innovation, PG&E
Patrick Cummins, Senior Policy Advisor, Lead on Western States Clean Power Plan Initiative, Center for the New Energy Economy
More speakers to be announced

12:00 - 13:30 Networking Lunch 

Track 1: Fuel Markets 

13:30 - 15:00 - Session 1B: Growth Outlook for Renewable Fuel Sources in California’s Market

  • Imports into California: How much biodiesel, renewable diesel and ethanol has the west coast market imported in the last year? What might a renegotiation of NAFTA mean for the import market?
  • What’s in store for biodiesel: What is the current status of the biodiesel tax credit and how might this impact the domestic market? What is the outlook for biodiesel growth in California? 
  • Aviation and renewable diesel in the LCFS market: What role will the alternative jet fuel market play in reducing emissions in North America? How might the introduction of biojet impact the LCFS market? What are the expectations for renewable diesel demand over the next few years?
  • Sugarcane ethanol: How will sugarcane ethanol imports and domestic production help California meet its emission goals? How might a NAFTA renegotiation impact imports into California?

Zander Capozzola, Editor, Argus Americas Biofuels, Argus
Joe Gershen,
Director of Sales and Marketing, New Leaf Biofuel and Vice President, California Biodiesel Alliance
Neville Fernandes,
Head of Renewable Jet Fuel Development Project, North America, Neste
Dr. Philip Sheehy,
Technical Director, ICF

Track 2: Carbon Markets 

13:30 - 15:00 - Session 2B: California’s Cap-and-Trade Post 2020

  • California’s AB 32 Scoping Plan and the Role of Cap-and-Trade: Is a cap-and-tax system a realistic alternative? How might proposed updates to California’s cap-and-trade impact compliance? What is in store for the program post 2020? 
  • The impact on west coast utilities: How will utilities and industrials adapt to California's proposed changes? 
  • Air quality regulations in California: How will air quality regulations change to complement California's climate policies? 

Rajinder Sahota,
Assistant Division Chief, California Air Resources Board
Adam Smith,
Program Manager, Climate Policy, Southern California Edison
Julie Bussey,
Climate Change Analyst, Chevron
Kevin Poloncarz,
Partner, Paul Hastings

15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Break 

Track 1: Fuels Markets 

15:30 - 17:00 - Session 1C: The RFS and RINs Market

  • The future of the RFS under the new administration: How might the new administration impact biofuel volumes, biointermediates and availability of E15 and higher blends? 
  • 2018 RVO levels and the impact on RINs pricing
  • Biointermediates: How are west coast refiners utilizing biointermediate waste as a feedstock source?

Paul Niznik,
Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting
Mike Lewis,
General Manager, Pearson Fuels 

Track 2: Carbon Markets

15:30 - 17:00 - Session 2C: Canada's Carbon Market 

  • Ontario’s Cap and Trade and linking with California: How does Ontario’s program fit into North America’s carbon market? How might a linkage between Ontario and California impact regulated entities? 
  • Quebec-California Cap-and-Trade market: What have we learned since Quebec has joined California’s program? How is the Western Climate Initiative evolving? 
  • Canada’s national carbon strategy: How might provinces outside of Quebec and Ontario approach their carbon strategy? What might a low-carbon fuels standard mean for the Canada’s market? 

Fiona Oliver-Glasford
, Senior Manager, Carbon Strategy and Integrated Resource Planning, Enbridge
Craig Ebert, President, Climate Action Reserve

17:30 - 19:00 Offsite Vineyard Tour and Networking Reception

Location to me announced 

*Fee - $85 per person 

Wednesday, October 11th 
07:00 - 08:30

Registration and Breakfast

08:30 - 08:35

Chairman's Opening Remarks and Summary of Day 1

08:35 - 10:00

General Session 2: The Future of the Transportation Fuel Mix

  • The California Air Resources Board’s perspective: How does the California Air Resources Board set targets for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and analyze the effects of large scale adoption of biofuels and electric and natural gas vehicles?
  • Utilizing alternate fuel sources and electric vehicles in public and private fleets: San Diego, Oakland, San Francisco and others have committed to switch to renewable diesel in their municipal vehicle fleet. UPS and other private fleets are also following suit. How can cities and the private industry lead the way in decarbonizing the transportation sector, and what impact will this have on gasoline and diesel demand in California over the next decade? 
  • Electric vehicles – Consumer demand and the impact on electricity markets: What is the outlook for electricity demand for electric vehicles in California? How might this impact the LCFS credit market? What is the role of charging infrastructure?
  • The long-term role of CNG, LNG and RNG vehicles: What is the long-term role of natural gas in the transportation sector? How are heavy duty and long-haul trucks utilizing CNG and LNG? What still needs to be done to adopt natural gas vehicles on a large scale? 

Jim Duffy,
Manager, Alternative Fuels, California Air Resources Board
David Almeida,
Manager, Electric Vehicles, PG&E
George Minter,
Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas

10:00 - 10:45

Morning Break 

10:45 - 12:00 

General Session 3: Leading the Way – California’s Role in North America’s Emission’s Market

Join panelist for an interactive discussion over the role of California in today’s carbon market and gain insight into what the future might look like for the fuels and carbon sector.

  • How is California leading the way under uncertain federal regulations? 
  • What can other states learn from California’s programs? 
  • What will our transportation fuels mix look like in the next five years and how quickly will consumers adopt new technology?

Aimee Barnes,
Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Timothy Tutt, Regulatory Affairs Program Manager, SMUD
Chris Busch,
Director of Research, Energy Innovation LLC
Jon Costantino, Founding Principal, Tradesman Advisors

 12:00 - 13:30

Closing Lunch 

13:30 - 17:30

Golf Outing

Eagle Vines Golf Club

580 S Kelly Rd, American Canyon, California 94503Transportation and a box lunch to be provided. The bus will leave the hotel at 1:30 PM.

*Fee - $195 per golfer
14:00 - 17:00

Post-conference Workshop: California's Carbon Markets - Cap-and-trade and LCFS

California’s landmark cap-and-trade and Low-Carbon Fuel programs have put the state on track to meet 2020 emissions reduction goals. But new challenges await as the state faces a more ambitious 2030 target and assumes a leadership role on global climate issues, requiring significant changes to the carbon markets.

In these sessions we will provide an overview of the program, how they fit into California’s broader climate policy goals and how they could affect power and fuel markets along the US west coast and in Canada.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • Program design, targets and coverage
  • Methods of compliance: Carbon allowances, offsets and LCFS credits
  • Recent market trends and compliance strategies 
  • California’s second act: New targets for 2030 and what they could mean for power producers and refiners
  • The first year of Oregon’s LCFS
  • Progress on linking cap-and-trade with Ontario’s market 
  • Ongoing challenges to the carbon markets
  • Prospects for broader markets, potential new linkages

Michael Ball,
Editor, Argus Air Daily, Argus
Jessica Dell,
West Coast Bureau Chief, Argus
William Murtha,
Emissions Markets and Policy Reporter, Argus

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*Fee - $395 per person
Low Carbon Fuels Coalition

American Carbon Registry

California Biodiesel Alliance

National Biodiesel Board

Renewable Natural Gas

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Napa, California 94558
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