21 October - 23 October 2019
Napa Valley, California, US

Argus Biofuels & Carbon Markets Summit

  • 07:00
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  • 08:00
  • Registration opens
  • 08:00
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  • 14:00
  • Pre-conference workshop: RFS and RINs – navigating changing policies and price impacts

A full day of training on the RFS and RINs marketing, including:

  • Understanding the basics of the RINs market and price trends
  • RFS risk factors and policy impacts on biofuels credits - small refinery exemptions and biodiesel tax credits
  • Product costs and RINs price pass-through
  • Buyer practices in an unhedged market
    …and much more

*Fee $995 

Breakfast and lunch included


  • 14:30
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  • 16:30
  • Pre-conference workshop: Navigating the West Coast cap-and-trade and LCFS programs
  • 101 into how California’s carbon market and the California and Oregon LCFS programs are evolving and how to keep up with changing regulations
  • Understand the compliance methods for carbon allowances, offsets and credit generation
  • Get insight into other western state programs, potential linkages with California and the impact on the LCFS and carbon prices

 

*Fee $350

  • 16:30
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  • 18:30
  • Welcome reception
Attend the opening night reception for networking with industry veterans and new carbon market participants. Bring plenty of business cards.

General session

Start End
  • 07:00
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  • 08:30
  • Registration and coffee
  • 07:15
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  • 08:30
  • Women in emissions breakfast – connecting women in the carbon and fuels industry

Join your peers at this special networking breakfast celebrating the influential women leading the industry. All delegates are encouraged to attend.

Guest speaker to be announced

*Complimentary for all delegates

  • 08:30
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  • 08:45
  • Chairperson's remarks and antitrust reminder Jessica Dell - West Coast Bureau Chief, Argus
  • 08:45
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  • 09:30
  • Keynote: State of California's program - looking ahead
  • What are the statuses of California’s LCFS and cap-and-trade programs?
  • What are the challenges ahead on the path to meeting 2030 emission reduction targets?
  • How might changes at the federal level impact California’s program?
  • What does the future of California’s transportation mix look like?
  • How is California working with other states and regions to reduce GHG emissions?
  • 09:30
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  • 10:30
  • General session: Connecting regional and federal policies
  • What is changing under the federal RFS program?
  • How will regional and state fuels and carbon programs interact with federal initiatives?
  • How will clean fuels policies on the west coast shape the transportation mix?
  • Which renewable fuels will likely predominate over the next decade?
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Morning break

Track 1: Fuels markets

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  • 11:00
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  • 12:30
  • Session 1A: LCFS programs in the US and Canada
  • LCFS cost containment: What impact will new credit generators have on California’s program? How will other states' clean fuels programs impact prices in California? What are the plans for revising the LCFS price ceiling? How will the LCFS impact renewable fuels generation in California as the CI targets tighten out to 2030?
  • New developments in the Oregon Clean Fuels Program: What are the new sources of credit generation? How have prices shifted over the last year? What are the next steps for the program?
  • What are the components of Canada’s national Clean Fuels Standard? How will it differ from existing LCFS programs and what is the possibility for linking with other markets?
  • Spotlight on British Columbia: What is the status of BC's low carbon fuels program?
  • Puget Sound’s regional program: What model might they adopt? If Washington develops a statewide program, how might Puget Sound’s proposed clean fuels policy interact with Washington and other west coast states?
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 15:30
  • Session 1B: Renewable diesel, biodiesel and ethanol - demand drivers in California and beyond
  • Will California and other states have enough renewable feedstock to meet 2030 targets? As more states join low carbon fuels programs, how will supply of renewable fuels keep up the pace for increasing demand? How will this impact the LCFS price?
  • Renewable diesel market – could we see supply shortages? What is the outlook for renewable diesel demand and supplying California and the West Coast? What are the infrastructure constraints for storage and trucking? Where are the blending facilities? What is the pipeline capacity for renewable diesel?
  • Ethanol demand – future driving trends and market impact: How will the EPA’s rulemaking for E15 at the federal level impact consumers and the auto industry? What role will E85 play? What will demand for ethanol look like and how much will be imported from Brazil and other regions?
  • What infrastructure is in place to support growing biofuels demand? What is the pipeline capacity for biofuels? What is the update on underground storage tank restrictions? Will there be enough infrastructure to keep up the pace for growing biodiesel and renewable diesel demand?

  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon break
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Session 1C: The rise of renewable jet fuel
  • How is demand for renewable jet fuel evolving in California’s market? How might increasing participation from other western states to include renewable jet in their clean fuels programs impact the market? Will we see more renewable diesel production facilities start making renewable jet?
  • How are airports and cities investing in renewable jet fuel? How are airlines viewing renewable jet fuel? How will credits work and what might future compliance look like?
  • Will the global aviation industry be prepared? What is happening globally? What has the UN put in place to achieve 2020 emissions reduction targets?
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Offsite reception - Vineyard tour

Offsite vineyard tour

Location to be announced soon

*Fee - $95
Transportation included

Track 2: Carbon markets

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  • 11:00
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  • 12:30
  • Session 2A: Emerging carbon markets outside of the West coast
  • Canada’s federal program and the impact at the provincial level: What is in store for Canada under the federal carbon program? How will it align with other provincial programs? What will be the impact on trading and markets?
  • Spotlight on Mexico: What is the framework for Mexico's cap-and-trade program and will we see a future linkage with other markets?
  • The evolving role of RGGI and northeast states: What new developments are happening in RGGI’s market? How will it evolve and how likely is it that other states will join?
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 15:30
  • Session 2B: California’s cap-and-trade and other western states’ programs
  • Pathways to 2020: What is the supply and demand balance for carbon allowances in California’s market? What might California do to revise the program to lift the carbon price?
  • What is the future of cap-and-trade in Oregon? What will happen in next year's short legislative session? What might the 2020 general election bring? Will cap-and-trade ever pass in Oregon?
  • Where is Washington on its carbon program? What does the recent state Supreme Court ruling mean for the future prospects of a carbon program? Will the legislature ever pass a cap-and-trade program?
  • Where new markets are emerging: What is developing in New Mexico and Colorado? What are they planning for their own carbon programs? What model will they follow? How much investment is going into renewables and infrastructure? How might that impact California’s grid?
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon break
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Session 2C: Generating credits – new projects, voluntary offsets and portfolio optimization
  • Forestry offset projects: What is the status of reopening the carbon offsets protocol in California? How are forestry offsets used in the voluntary market and what are the restrictions? Where are the projects located?
  • Status on California’s renewable energy projects: What are the steps to getting renewable energy projects permitted and approved? What are the limitations and infrastructure constraints? What does the landscape look like in terms of the number of new projects?
  • Portfolio optimization: How are utilities and large emitters viewing their portfolio strategy and how are they hedging under California’s evolving program?
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Offsite reception - Vineyard tour

Offsite vineyard tour

Location to be announced soon

*Fee - $95
Transportation included

General session

Start End
  • 07:00
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  • 08:30
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 08:30
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  • 08:45
  • Chairperson's remarks and antitrust reminder
  • 08:45
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  • 09:45
  • General session 1: The evolving transportation market – demand drivers and policy impact
  • Funding for EVs versus biofuels: What are the trends and forecasts for EV growth? What is the spending allocation for EVs versus biofuels? How will increased EV growth impact renewable fuels use for transportation? 
  • Charging infrastructure and credit generation: What are the challenges around generating LCFS credits for EV charging infrastructure? How does the policy work for auto manufacturers and utilities?
  • Auto industry perspective: How are auto manufacturers changing their vehicle fleet? Are vehicle fleets evolving to meet increasing fuel efficiency and emissions standards? What is the future for EVs, hybrids, flex fuel and traditional fueled cars?
  • 09:45
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  • 10:30
  • General session 2: Financing, permitting and new emissions reduction technologies
  • What are the LCFS credit projections for large capital projects and upgrades?
  • What does financing look like and how do various credits and trading work?
  • What is the status of new projects and where are they located? What are the supply limitations and infrastructure considerations?
  • What advances are we seeing in biofuels R&D?
  • What new technologies are available to bring alternative feedstock supply to market?
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Morning break

Track 1: Fuels markets

Start End
  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • Session 1D: Drivers for RNG and CNG growth
  • Will we see widespread adoption of RNG? How is industry embracing RNG as an alternative transportation fuel? What are the demand trends? What are the LCFS credit projections and opportunities in California’s market? If California becomes saturated for renewable fuels, then where are the other homes for the product?
  • Landfill versus digester: How much investment is going into R&D for biomethane projects? What is the new protocol the California Air Resources Board is implementing for LCFS projects for dairy waste?
  • CNG fleet demand growth: What are California’s emissions standards for large fleets? How are local government and industry working together to reduce emissions for heavy duty vehicles?
  • 12:00
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  • 12:15
  • Concluding remarks
  • 13:00
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  • 17:00
  • Golf

Location to be announced

*Fee - $195

Includes cart, green fees, lunch and transportation

Track 2: Carbon markets

Start End
  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • Session 2D: Utility perspectives – managing compliance obligations in an evolving political landscape
  • Will California’s grid be ready to meet carbon-free targets by 2045?
  • What are the perspectives from other states in managing their clean initiative targets?
  • 12:00
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  • 12:15
  • Concluding remarks
  • 13:00
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  • 17:00
  • Golf

Location to be announced

*Fee $195

Includes cart, green fees, lunch and transportation