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Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit

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 

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

Register for both the conference and RINs training or register to attend the full day RINs training only

Pre-conference Workshop: Monday, March 19th
Paul Niznik
Instructor: Paul Niznik, Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting Services

Paul has over 27 years of experience in biofuels and alternative fuel development. His broad knowledge of biofuel economics – including RFS, RINs and LCFS – has kept refiners, biofuels producers, automakers and government agencies informed of alternative fuels markets and policies. He pioneered biodiesel sales for major oil companies such as Hess, Gulf and Irving Oil, and has consulted for Chevron, US DOE, USDA, Phillips 66, Nissan, Toyota, Hess, Petrobras, the Government of Zimbabwe and UOP Honeywell. Paul is an alumnus of Yale University where he studied astrophysics.

08:00 - 09:00  Registration and Continental Breakfast 
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” behaviour 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 Morning 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.
  • The RINs bank, RINs fraud, and RINs quality
  • Interpreting the Argus RINs annual price forecasts.
  • RINs price forecasting 101
13:00 - 14:00  Networking 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 Session 4:

  • Summaries and discussions
  • After-talk: RINS price risks, part 2: Near Term factors
  • After-talk: Long and short-term strategic thinking.
 16:30 - 18:30 Networking Reception 

Meritage Resort and Spa

Sponsored by GlassPoint Solar 

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

Full agenda to be announced soon

*Fee - $395 per person

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Michael Ball 100
Michael Ball, Editor, Argus Air Daily, Argus

Michael Ball is editor of Argus Air Daily, the leading source of pricing, news and analysis for the North American environmental markets. Michael joined Argus in 2003 and has been editor of Air Daily since 2012. He has covered wide range of state and federal environmental issues, including the development of California’s AB 32 legislation, US Environmental Protection Agency regulations such as the Clean Power Plan, and Clean Air Act cases before the US Supreme Court.
Jessica Dell, Argus, US West Coast Bureau Chief
Jessica Dell, West Coast Bureau Chief, Argus

Jessica has been with Argus since October 2011. She is the US west coast bureau chief, based in San Francisco, and she covers the west coast refined products market. She has also edited Argus’ European Emissions Market report, focusing on carbon emissions pricing and analysis at the company’s London headquarters and edited Argus’ Biomass Markets report. Jessica holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of California, Berkeley.

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The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
1 Miramontes Point Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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