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

Argus Biofuels & Carbon Markets Summit

Speakers

Richard Corey
Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
Mr. Corey has nearly 30 years of professional experience in the air pollution field with over 20 years of that experience in a management capacity at ARB. Prior to his appointment as Executive Officer, he served as Deputy Executive Officer and Chief of the Stationary Source Division. Mr. Corey’s team of approximately 1,400 staff including engineers, scientists, and analy...
Mr. Corey has nearly 30 years of professional experience in the air pollution field with over 20 years of that experience in a management capacity at ARB. Prior to his appointment as Executive Officer, he served as Deputy Executive Officer and Chief of the Stationary Source Division. Mr. Corey’s team of approximately 1,400 staff including engineers, scientists, and analysts are responsible for a broad range of programs including those concerning fuels, mobile sources, climate, incentives, and air toxics. Some of the key programs that his team is responsible for implementing include low emission vehicle programs, low carbon fuel standard, cap-and-trade regulation, measures and incentives to reduce emissions from a variety of goods movement sources, including port trucking, transport refrigeration units, cargo handling operations, and maritime operations. His team also develops and implements measures to reduce emissions from stationary and portable diesel engines as well as several strategies to reduce toxic air contaminants from a wide variety of sources. His team also develops key planning documents to keep California on track to meeting health-based air quality standards and climate goals. Mr. Corey has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Toxicology as well as an MBA from the University of California, Davis.
Jim Duffy
Chief Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board
Jim Duffy manages the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board and oversees the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Dr. Duffy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and a PhD in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Between his undergraduate and graduate schooling, he served for six years as a nuclear engi...
Jim Duffy manages the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board and oversees the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Dr. Duffy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and a PhD in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Between his undergraduate and graduate schooling, he served for six years as a nuclear engineering officer onboard the USS Georgia submarine and as a nuclear power plant instructor at the Naval Nuclear Prototype Training Facility in Idaho. After earning his PhD, he taught for eight years in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Montana State University.
Andrew McKeon
Executive Director, RGGI
Andrew has served as Executive Director RGGI, Inc. since July of 2016 overseeing the day-to-day operations of RGGI, executing the quarterly allowance auctions, working closely with the RGGI Inc. board as well as managing public communications on the RGGI program. Before joining RGGI, Andrew served as the Director of Operations for the Environmental Registry at IHSMarkit...
Andrew has served as Executive Director RGGI, Inc. since July of 2016 overseeing the day-to-day operations of RGGI, executing the quarterly allowance auctions, working closely with the RGGI Inc. board as well as managing public communications on the RGGI program. Before joining RGGI, Andrew served as the Director of Operations for the Environmental Registry at IHSMarkit. The Environmental Registry provides a framework for issuing, tracking and retiring environmental credits in the voluntary market for carbon, water, biodiversity and other environmentally beneficial services. Prior to IHSMarkit, Andrew founded BusinessClimate, a sustainability consulting firm, where he advised major clients on corporate sustainability strategy. His clients included such Fortune 100 companies as Intel, PwC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Andrew is a published author with articles appearing in business magazines such as strategy+business and on-line sustainability forums including GreenBiz and the Harvard Business School. Andrew has been an invited speaker at the UN, NASA’s Goddard Institute, NYU, Purdue University, and PwC. For five years he served on the board of TransitCenter, a company dedicated to sustainable transportation solutions. Andrew holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from Columbia University.
Jason Gray
Chief, Climate Change Program Evaluation Branch, California Air Resources Board
Jason Gray is Chief of the Climate Change Program Evaluation Branch, which oversees and implements the Cap-and-Trade Program at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). He previously served as manager of the Market Monitoring Section of the Cap-and-Trade Program, and as a staff attorney with CARB, where he advised the Board and its staff on the development and implementa...
Jason Gray is Chief of the Climate Change Program Evaluation Branch, which oversees and implements the Cap-and-Trade Program at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). He previously served as manager of the Market Monitoring Section of the Cap-and-Trade Program, and as a staff attorney with CARB, where he advised the Board and its staff on the development and implementation of air pollution control regulations, including greenhouse gas reporting and verification regulations, compliance offset protocols, and the offsets provisions of the Cap-and-Trade Program. Jason also represents the Board in the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force. Before entering the legal profession, Jason worked on environmental education, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development projects with the U.S. Peace Corps and WWF in the Central African country of Gabon. These experiences are recounted in the book Glimpses through the Forest: Memories of Gabon. Jason received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and French from Gonzaga University, and a J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Martin Wyspianski
Senior Director for Energy Portfolio Procurement and Policy, PG&E
Martin Wyspianski is the Senior Director of Energy Portfolio Procurement and Policy for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Martin is responsible for long-term planning and analysis of the company’s energy portfolio, as well as developing policy positions and managing commercial transactions related to the energy portfolio. As part of role, he manages the requests-for-offer...
Martin Wyspianski is the Senior Director of Energy Portfolio Procurement and Policy for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Martin is responsible for long-term planning and analysis of the company’s energy portfolio, as well as developing policy positions and managing commercial transactions related to the energy portfolio. As part of role, he manages the requests-for-offers and negotiations of power purchase agreements related to renewable energy, energy storage, distributed energy resources, and other wholesale market activities. In addition, Martin is responsible for Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Policy where he oversees development and policy regarding use of DERs and energy storage to support grid reliability and resiliency. Martin joined Pacific Gas and Electric in 2006 and has served in a variety of roles across the company including as Senior Director of Market and Credit Risk Management, Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance, Manager of Strategic Renewable Investment and Principle in Corporate Strategy and Development. Prior to joining Pacific Gas and Electric, Martin was at the venture capital fund Boston Millennia Partners. He started his career at the consulting firm Willis Towers Watson. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School at University of California, Berkeley.
Mike Lewis
General Manager, Pearson Fuels
Mike Lewis is one of the leading developers of alternative fuel infrastructure in the country. He was the Project Manager for the Regional Transportation Center in San Diego, CA., the nation’s first Alternative Fuel Vehicle Center. The Center opened in 2003 and featured an alternative fuel station named Pearson Fuels, a new car showroom for alternative fuel vehicles, a rep...
Mike Lewis is one of the leading developers of alternative fuel infrastructure in the country. He was the Project Manager for the Regional Transportation Center in San Diego, CA., the nation’s first Alternative Fuel Vehicle Center. The Center opened in 2003 and featured an alternative fuel station named Pearson Fuels, a new car showroom for alternative fuel vehicles, a repair and conversion shop for the vehicles and an Eco Center educational program. As the General Manager of Pearson Fuels, Mike has gone on to help many retail gas station owners enter the alternative fuel industry. Pearson assists them financially to install E85 into their existing gas stations. Pearson has used this business model as a stepping stone to becoming the largest E85 wholesale distributor in California. Pearson Fuels has developed two biodiesel blending facilities, three biofuel transload facilities, one hydrogen station and over 135 E85 sites with an additional 35 sites currently under construction or in development. He resides in San Diego, California with his wife and two teenage boys.
Sam Wade
Director of State Regulatory Affairs, RNG Coalition
Sam Wade serves as the Director of State Regulatory Affairs at the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. Previously Mr. Wade worked as Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Californian Air Resources Board, where he oversaw the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program for four years. In other roles at CARB, Mr. Wade served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, d...
Sam Wade serves as the Director of State Regulatory Affairs at the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. Previously Mr. Wade worked as Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Californian Air Resources Board, where he oversaw the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program for four years. In other roles at CARB, Mr. Wade served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, developed the Cap-and-Trade rule, and authored portions of California’s first Greenhouse Gas Scoping Plan. He’s also worked in energy policy at Pacific Gas and Electric and with a bioenergy/biochar start-up. Sam holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Davis, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and an M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.”
Steve Csonka
Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
Steve Csonka is the Executive Director of CAAFI (the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, www.caafi.org) an industry partnership fostering the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF). CAAFI engages in public-private-partnership activities designed to assist in bringing together the group of participants needed to stand up...
Steve Csonka is the Executive Director of CAAFI (the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, www.caafi.org) an industry partnership fostering the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF). CAAFI engages in public-private-partnership activities designed to assist in bringing together the group of participants needed to stand up an entirely new industrial sector. Steve is a commercial aviation professional with 33 years of broad, strategic airline and aviation OEM experience. For the last decade, Steve has been a strong industry advocate who has worked in roles of developing pragmatic solutions to the challenges of aviation growth, and that interest led him to the accepting the current CAAFI role in 2012. He continues to serve in leadership, steering committee, consultancy, and BOD roles with multiple aviation industry organizations in areas of applying technology and business concepts to enable environmental progression with SAJF.
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 ...
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.
Cory-Ann Wind
Program Manager, Oregon Clean Fuels Program
Cory-Ann Wind works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) as the Oregon Clean Fuels Program manager. Cory has worked for ODEQ for over 24 years, the last seven in fuels. Prior to this assignment, Cory managed ODEQ’s Portland area office overseeing permit writers and inspectors implementing both federal and state air operating permit programs and workin...
Cory-Ann Wind works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) as the Oregon Clean Fuels Program manager. Cory has worked for ODEQ for over 24 years, the last seven in fuels. Prior to this assignment, Cory managed ODEQ’s Portland area office overseeing permit writers and inspectors implementing both federal and state air operating permit programs and working with local governments to maintain attainment with the federal ambient air quality standards. In addition to managing the Clean Fuels Program, Cory also oversees other transportation-related programs including electric and diesel vehicles and planning activities. Cory holds a B.S. in BioResources Engineering from Oregon State University.
Steve Compton
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Sevana Bioenergy
Steve Compton is currently managing finances at Sevana Bioenergy to develop RNG projects. He previously worked at Chevron, led origination and negotiation of several billion dollars of renewable fuel purchase agreements, and defined Chevron’s low carbon strategy. He worked in Chevron’s corporate venture capital group on biofuel and carbon investments. He supervised capital...
Steve Compton is currently managing finances at Sevana Bioenergy to develop RNG projects. He previously worked at Chevron, led origination and negotiation of several billion dollars of renewable fuel purchase agreements, and defined Chevron’s low carbon strategy. He worked in Chevron’s corporate venture capital group on biofuel and carbon investments. He supervised capital projects group and financial accounting for ExxonMobil. Steve graduated Stanford B.S. and M.S. engineering and Duke M.B.A.
Jeremy Gordon
Vice President, Carbon Markets, BGC Partners
Based in San Francisco, Mr. Gordon is Vice President of North American Carbon Markets and part of the longest standing environmental desk, BGC Environmental Brokerage Services, L.P. (formerly CantorCO2e). As a broker at BGC (a Cantor Fitzgerald affiliate), Jeremy helps compliance and trading entities manage carbon risk. Through on-going education and price discovery, Jerem...
Based in San Francisco, Mr. Gordon is Vice President of North American Carbon Markets and part of the longest standing environmental desk, BGC Environmental Brokerage Services, L.P. (formerly CantorCO2e). As a broker at BGC (a Cantor Fitzgerald affiliate), Jeremy helps compliance and trading entities manage carbon risk. Through on-going education and price discovery, Jeremy serves a broad customer base (power, utilities, project developers, financials, industrials, and oil & gas) to make informed market decisions that reduce compliance costs and maximize revenues. Jeremy facilitates carbon trades via voice and electronic brokerage in liquid, regulated markets such as carbon allowances, but also structures OTC forward sales and commodity-based financing arrangements to enable project developers to finance their environmental commodity projects. Markets of particular emphasis include Alberta/California/Quebec, LCFS, RGGI, and all major domestic and international Voluntary markets. Prior to BGC Partners, Jeremy was an account executive within the base metals space for FCM’s (Future Clearing Merchant) INTL FCStone & MF Global. He provided hedging and risk management services to the industrial and manufacturing customer base and the fund community. Identifying and constructing strategic plans for companies pricing, sourcing, and usage of commodities. Jeremy has a BSBA degree in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University.
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 degre...
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.
Danny Cullenward
Policy Director, Near Zero
Danny Cullenward is an energy economist and lawyer working on the design and implementation of scientifically grounded climate policy. He is the Policy Director at Near Zero, a Lecturer and Affiliate Fellow at Stanford Law School, and a member of California's Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee. He holds a JD and PhD from Stanford University.
Danny Cullenward is an energy economist and lawyer working on the design and implementation of scientifically grounded climate policy. He is the Policy Director at Near Zero, a Lecturer and Affiliate Fellow at Stanford Law School, and a member of California's Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee. He holds a JD and PhD from Stanford University.
Craig Willis
Senior Vice President, Growth Energy
Craig Willis joined Growth Energy in June 2018 as Senior Vice President of Global Markets. In this newly created role, Craig will oversee the organization’s market development efforts to increase ethanol’s footprint both at home and abroad. Prior to joining Growth Energy, Willis worked 25 years in various roles of increasing responsibility at ADM. Craig spent the last t...
Craig Willis joined Growth Energy in June 2018 as Senior Vice President of Global Markets. In this newly created role, Craig will oversee the organization’s market development efforts to increase ethanol’s footprint both at home and abroad. Prior to joining Growth Energy, Willis worked 25 years in various roles of increasing responsibility at ADM. Craig spent the last ten years in the company’s ethanol business, serving most recently as President of the business since 2015. Willis held various roles throughout his career at ADM which include experience as Commercial Manager of several large oilseed and corn processing plants in the US. He also managed origination and transportation assets within the Origination segment of the company in prior years. Willis has been active as an advocate of the ethanol industry serving on many boards at various times including Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Prime the Pump, and Little Sioux Corn Processors. He has also been active in his local community serving on the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur and Chairman of the board at his local church. Craig grew up on a farm in Monmouth, Illinois during 1980’s farm crisis. The memories of those times drive him to grow more demand for corn to prevent a similar crisis from occurring again.
Michael Rensing
Director, Low Carbon Fuels, British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Michael Rensing joined the British Columbia public service in September 2003 to work in the Air Protection Section of the Ministry of Environment. In November 2007 he moved to the Ministry of Energy and Mines to develop policies and legislation for renewable and low-carbon fuels. Currently, Michael is the Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Branch in the Electricity and Alt...
Michael Rensing joined the British Columbia public service in September 2003 to work in the Air Protection Section of the Ministry of Environment. In November 2007 he moved to the Ministry of Energy and Mines to develop policies and legislation for renewable and low-carbon fuels. Currently, Michael is the Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Branch in the Electricity and Alternative Energy Division, and is co-chairing the Federal/Provincial/Territorial working group to help develop the national Clean Fuel Standard. Michael has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Victoria.
Doug Berven
Vice President of Corporate Affairs, POET
Doug Berven joined POET in March 2003 and has served the organization in several roles since then. In his current role as Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Berven promotes the corporate objectives of POET, the importance of agriculture, and the benefits of biofuels domestically and internationally. Berven currently sits on BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section G...
Doug Berven joined POET in March 2003 and has served the organization in several roles since then. In his current role as Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Berven promotes the corporate objectives of POET, the importance of agriculture, and the benefits of biofuels domestically and internationally. Berven currently sits on BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section Governing Board, South Dakota Agriculture Foundation Board, the U.S. Grains Council Ethanol Advisory Team, is an Emeritus Board Member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Ethanol Producer’s Association and serves on several other industry associated work groups, committees and associations. He has also served on several of POET’s plant Boards of Directors. Berven also manages strategic corporate relations for POET, promotes state, national and international policy objectives for the industry, and is a recognized authority on biofuels, renewable energy and agriculture. Prior to joining POET, Berven held various roles in banking, real estate development and medical consulting. Berven received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he currently resides with his wife and two children. ABOUT
Karin Power
Representative, Oregon State Legislature
Representative Karin Power was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in November 2016. Prior to her election, she served as a Milwaukie City Councilor and as the chair of her neighborhood association. As a Lewis & Clark Law School alumna with a background in environmental law, Rep. Power is committed to environmental progress. In the 2019 legislative session, Repr...
Representative Karin Power was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in November 2016. Prior to her election, she served as a Milwaukie City Councilor and as the chair of her neighborhood association. As a Lewis & Clark Law School alumna with a background in environmental law, Rep. Power is committed to environmental progress. In the 2019 legislative session, Representative Power had the honor of serving as the Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction that worked to develop a framework for carbon pricing in Oregon. In addition to supporting legislation that will put Oregon on a path towards a clean energy future, Rep. Power is dedicated to building stronger communities and better schools. She understands how critical it is to make our government more accessible and equitable, and she champions just policies both for the Oregonians of today and for the generations of the future. In her other job, Rep. Power is Associate General Counsel for The Freshwater Trust, a water restoration nonprofit that works to protect and restore freshwater ecosystems. In addition to her work in the Oregon Legislature and at The Freshwater Trust, Rep. Power is a board member of the Oregon Food Bank and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Rep. Power and her wife live in Milwaukie with their toddler and two rescue dogs.
Michael Berends
Managing Director, Origination, ClearBlue Markets
Michael is a Managing Director and Head of Origination at ClearBlue Markets. He has over 15 years of experience in carbon markets, in particular, carbon pricing, strategy development and implementation, offset development and trading. Michael has executed thousands of carbon market product deals, structuring transactions for offsets, allowances, and allowance related produ...
Michael is a Managing Director and Head of Origination at ClearBlue Markets. He has over 15 years of experience in carbon markets, in particular, carbon pricing, strategy development and implementation, offset development and trading. Michael has executed thousands of carbon market product deals, structuring transactions for offsets, allowances, and allowance related products in the primary and secondary carbon markets in over fifty countries. Michael is currently actively supporting compliance entities regulated under the WCI Cap & Trade system and the different carbon pricing programs across Canada with the development of compliance management strategies, market analysis, procuring compliance units and assessing the carbon value of existing activities for offset development potential. Michael assists entities in the lobbying for benchmarks, allowance allocation and presenting unique facility and production cases to regulating officials that allows industry to make effective investments to reduce emissions. Michael leads the ClearBlue team in providing insight and market analysis in the WCI Cap & Trade market, Canadian Federal Backstop and the EU-ETS by presenting ClearBlue’s pricing and supply and demand forecasts. He further provides his expertise on the WCI Cap & Trade market and other carbon pricing programs in Canada and the EU by facilitating workshops on market and regulatory updates for clients, industry associations, and market players
Katie Sullivan
Managing Director, IETA
Katie serves as Managing Director of IETA, the global multi-sector business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ corporate members, Katie leads efforts to inform market solutions to address environmental challenges across the Americas and globally. She also manages IETA’s growing climate finance, aviation and digital innovation...
Katie serves as Managing Director of IETA, the global multi-sector business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ corporate members, Katie leads efforts to inform market solutions to address environmental challenges across the Americas and globally. She also manages IETA’s growing climate finance, aviation and digital innovation sustainability initiatives. Katie currently sits on the Global Steering Committee for the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), Boards of the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and the International Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre, and Advisory Panels for Canada’s Institute for Clean Growth & Climate Change, the Ivey Foundation, and Blockchain for Climate Foundation. Prior to IETA, Katie worked as a Senior Consultant at ICF International. In 2019, Katie was recognized as a Clean16 and Clean50 award recipient for contributing to Clean Capitalism Leadership in Canada.
Will Murtha
Emissions Markets and Policy Reporter, Argus
Will Murtha covers carbon markets across the US West Coast and Canada for Argus Media. Based in San Francisco, he writes frequently about California’s cap-and-trade and LCFS programs, as well as Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. Prior to joining Argus, he worked for The Nature Conservancy and served in both the US Navy and Peace Corps. He is a graduate of Yale’s School of Fore...
Will Murtha covers carbon markets across the US West Coast and Canada for Argus Media. Based in San Francisco, he writes frequently about California’s cap-and-trade and LCFS programs, as well as Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. Prior to joining Argus, he worked for The Nature Conservancy and served in both the US Navy and Peace Corps. He is a graduate of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Spencer Reeder
Director of Government Affairs, Audi of America
Spencer Reeder, Director of Government Affairs at Audi of America, is responsible for leading the Audi U.S. public policy voice on zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs), including battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology, and associated infrastructure. Prior to joining Audi, Reeder worked at Vulcan, Inc. where he served as director of the Climate and Energy Program, and...
Spencer Reeder, Director of Government Affairs at Audi of America, is responsible for leading the Audi U.S. public policy voice on zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs), including battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology, and associated infrastructure. Prior to joining Audi, Reeder worked at Vulcan, Inc. where he served as director of the Climate and Energy Program, and led Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s global philanthropic investments in climate, energy, and transportation-related issues, including the Smart City Challenge, developed and implemented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Reeder was also a lead author on the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment.
Craig Ebert
President, Climate Action Reserve
Craig Ebert serves as the President of the Climate Action Reserve where he is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s activities meet the highest standards for quality, transparency and environmental integrity. He oversees the organization’s continued leadership and commitment to ensuring offsets are a trusted and powerful economic tool for reducing emissions. I...
Craig Ebert serves as the President of the Climate Action Reserve where he is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s activities meet the highest standards for quality, transparency and environmental integrity. He oversees the organization’s continued leadership and commitment to ensuring offsets are a trusted and powerful economic tool for reducing emissions. In his role, he also leads the organization in identifying and entering into other opportunities that build upon its knowledge and expertise and further its work under its mission and vision. This includes the Climate ForwardTM program, encouraging companies to earn ex ante credits by mitigating emissions today from any future investments. Another major initiative Craig oversees is the Reserve’s Climate Impact ScoreTM program, which quantifies the climate impact of financial investments. During his career, Craig has helped create the foundations for international, national and state policies to address climate change. He supported U.S. negotiations on international climate change agreements, including negotiations leading up to the creation and signing of the Kyoto Protocol, and helped develop the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) provisions under the protocol. Craig’s work also involved pioneering efforts on carbon accounting principles and methodologies. He served as the technical director of Estimation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which was adopted by the IPCC as its GHG Inventory Programme, and was a key architect behind the development of the official U.S. national GHG inventory to meet commitments under the UNFCCC. Prior to joining the Reserve, Craig advised the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and served at ICF for nearly 34 years.
Nathan Crum
Executive Vice President, Valley Pacific Petroleum Services
Nathan serves as the Executive Vice President of Valley Pacific Petroleum Services and was last year’s President of the California Fuels & Convenience Association. Prior to Valley Pacific, Nathan worked at Intel while earning his MBA at UC Davis in Finance and Technology Management.
Nathan serves as the Executive Vice President of Valley Pacific Petroleum Services and was last year’s President of the California Fuels & Convenience Association. Prior to Valley Pacific, Nathan worked at Intel while earning his MBA at UC Davis in Finance and Technology Management.
Tiffany Roberts
Director, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, WSPA
Tiffany Roberts joined the WSPA team in April 2015 as Director, Legislative and Regulatory Policy. With over a decade of experience in energy and climate policy, Tiffany works with WSPA member companies to help shape and inform policy direction in the WSPA states of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Prior to joining WSPA, Tiffany held two positions with the California Legi...
Tiffany Roberts joined the WSPA team in April 2015 as Director, Legislative and Regulatory Policy. With over a decade of experience in energy and climate policy, Tiffany works with WSPA member companies to help shape and inform policy direction in the WSPA states of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Prior to joining WSPA, Tiffany held two positions with the California Legislature. First, she served for over five years as the Legislative Analyst’s Office Senior Energy and Climate Policy and Fiscal Analyst. In this role, she served as the non-partisan advisor to the California Legislature on energy and climate policies including AB32, cap-and-trade, hydraulic fracturing, nuclear energy policy, offshore oil drilling, and California’s alternative energy and fuel regulations. She later served as a consultant to the Senate Republican Caucus for the Senate’s Committee on Environmental Quality. Prior to her roles in the Legislature, Tiffany worked at the local government level, helping craft the City of Hayward’s Climate Action Plan. Tiffany holds a Master’s degree in Economics from California State University, Hayward and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with minors in French and Spanish. Her view on the role that affordable energy plays in society is informed by significant experience living and working abroad, including two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan.
Justin Goldstein
Vice President, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
Justin Goldstein has been with Goldman Sachs for 18 years with a focus on public and project finance in the infrastructure and energy sectors in the US. Justin specializes in private projects that qualify for US tax-exempt debt financing, such as solid waste recycling facilities and wastewater treatment facilities. His recent experience successfully raising capital for pro...
Justin Goldstein has been with Goldman Sachs for 18 years with a focus on public and project finance in the infrastructure and energy sectors in the US. Justin specializes in private projects that qualify for US tax-exempt debt financing, such as solid waste recycling facilities and wastewater treatment facilities. His recent experience successfully raising capital for projects in this space include renewable jet and diesel, renewable natural gas, and waste pulp and paper facilities. More broadly, Justin has provided financing solutions to a wide array of clients including developers, new and established companies, project companies, state governments, state authorities, higher education and health care institutions, counties and municipalities, special districts, public insurance and reinsurance companies, and other governmental issuers. In addition to the solid waste sector, Justin’s project experience includes public and private financings in a variety of sectors, including power, water storage and treatment, wastewater, toll roads and bridges, airports, and leisure projects such as arenas and convention centers. Justin handles a range of financing transaction types, including tax-exempt and taxable debt, private placements, loans, equity, M&A, and derivatives.
John Dannan
Program Manager, Generate Capital
Mr. Dannan serves as a Vice President leading the Waste-to-Value team at Generate Capital. He has over 15 years of financial markets experience, including 10 years of lending and asset management experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Generate Capital, Mr. Dannan founded Energy & Infrastructure Capital, LLC (“EIC”), a Stamford based asse...
Mr. Dannan serves as a Vice President leading the Waste-to-Value team at Generate Capital. He has over 15 years of financial markets experience, including 10 years of lending and asset management experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Generate Capital, Mr. Dannan founded Energy & Infrastructure Capital, LLC (“EIC”), a Stamford based asset manager focused on debt investments. During this time EIC invested approximately $200 million in US energy and infrastructure debt on behalf of US and international investors. Prior to EIC, Mr. Dannan served as Vice President at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management where he was responsible for investment strategy, capital raising and transaction execution. Prior to Deutsche, Mr. Dannan worked at Aladdin Capital Management’s Infrastructure Debt business, and Dresdner Kleinwort’s infrastructure financing, M&A and loan workout teams. Mr. Dannan received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics with Accounting from Loughborough University, England.
Arjun Patney
Vice President, Global Markets, Natural Capital Partners
Arjun Patney serves as Vice President, Global Markets at Natural Capital Partners, where he sources the most impactful environmental instruments to help clients achieve climate leadership. Previous roles include leading policy engagement at the American Carbon Registry and establishing the U.S. carbon trading business at Cargill. Arjun holds a B.S. in civil engineering f...
Arjun Patney serves as Vice President, Global Markets at Natural Capital Partners, where he sources the most impactful environmental instruments to help clients achieve climate leadership. Previous roles include leading policy engagement at the American Carbon Registry and establishing the U.S. carbon trading business at Cargill. Arjun holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. in environmental management and policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Mike Taylor
President, Emission Advisors
Mike Taylor is President of Emission Advisors, a leading brokerage and consulting firm in Environmental Credits including Carbon Cap and Trade, LCFS, Emission Reduction Credits, RINS, CSAPR NOx and SO2, and RECs. Emission Advisors was named Emissions House of the Year 2019 by Energy Risk. Mike has over nineteen years in the industry and has transacted over a billion doll...
Mike Taylor is President of Emission Advisors, a leading brokerage and consulting firm in Environmental Credits including Carbon Cap and Trade, LCFS, Emission Reduction Credits, RINS, CSAPR NOx and SO2, and RECs. Emission Advisors was named Emissions House of the Year 2019 by Energy Risk. Mike has over nineteen years in the industry and has transacted over a billion dollars’ worth of environmental credits. He is an #1 Best Selling Author with the book: “Reduce Carbon Compliance Costs: Strategies for California and Quebec Facilities”.
Jim Macias
President and CEO, Fulcrum Bioenergy
Jim founded Fulcrum with USRG and has guided Fulcrum’s strategy and execution from an idea into becoming one of the most successful new biofuels companies in the nation. His 30 plus years of energy industry operations experience includes steering a 20,000-megawatt power plant development and construction program as Executive Vice President at Calpine Corporation. While at ...
Jim founded Fulcrum with USRG and has guided Fulcrum’s strategy and execution from an idea into becoming one of the most successful new biofuels companies in the nation. His 30 plus years of energy industry operations experience includes steering a 20,000-megawatt power plant development and construction program as Executive Vice President at Calpine Corporation. While at PG&E, one of the largest investor-owned public utility companies in the nation, Jim oversaw operations for a 10,000-megawatt power generation fleet, $4 billion electric and gas transmission systems, and gas and electric procurement for more than four million customers. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Program for Management Development.
Jered Lindsay
Principal Manager, Air & Climate Policy Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Jered Lindsay is the Principal Manager of Air & Climate Policy at Southern California Edison. Jered leads a team responsible for the utility’s regulatory and legislative policy concerning air quality and climate change. Prior to this position, Jered was a Senior Attorney in the SCE Law Department, focusing on environmental matters. And before joining SCE, Jered was a tria...
Jered Lindsay is the Principal Manager of Air & Climate Policy at Southern California Edison. Jered leads a team responsible for the utility’s regulatory and legislative policy concerning air quality and climate change. Prior to this position, Jered was a Senior Attorney in the SCE Law Department, focusing on environmental matters. And before joining SCE, Jered was a trial attorney for the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a judicial clerk at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel. Jered earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UC San Diego and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.
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 Agenc...
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.
Erin Cooke
Sustainability and Environmental Policy Director, San Francisco International Airport
Erin currently serves as SFO’s first Sustainability Director, Zero Energy and Resilient Outcomes (ZERO) Committee Chair and Sustainable Aviation Fuel Working Group Co-Chair where she implements the Airport’s Strategic, Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, including annual reporting, by brokering and implementing high-impact emissions reduction investments across campus...
Erin currently serves as SFO’s first Sustainability Director, Zero Energy and Resilient Outcomes (ZERO) Committee Chair and Sustainable Aviation Fuel Working Group Co-Chair where she implements the Airport’s Strategic, Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, including annual reporting, by brokering and implementing high-impact emissions reduction investments across campus-wide and facility-specific projects. Erin previously served the City of Cupertino as its first Sustainability Manager and, next, Assistant to the City Manager, drafting and activating the City’s first Climate Action Plan, including lead roles in the launch of a countywide community choice aggregation program (Silicon Valley Clean Energy), Silicon Valley Collaborative Energy Procurement (SV-REP) and Silicon Valley’s Climate Adaptation & Resilience Plan. Erin was also a member of stewardship and climate planning teams at the Conservation Law Foundation, Goddard Institute of Space Studies, and National Park Service. Erin is a LEED AP and holds a MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.
James Renouf
Director of Corporate Strategy and Environmental Portfolio, Capital Power
James has spent his 15-year professional career in various commercial roles within Capital Power. He currently manages environmental commodity trading and is part of the corporate strategy team. James is an Energy Futures Lab fellow, holds a MBA from Queens University, and is a CFA charter holder.
James has spent his 15-year professional career in various commercial roles within Capital Power. He currently manages environmental commodity trading and is part of the corporate strategy team. James is an Energy Futures Lab fellow, holds a MBA from Queens University, and is a CFA charter holder.
Bryan Sherbacow
Chief Commercial Officer, World Energy
Harrison Clay
Vice President Strategic Development Global Environmental Products, BP
John Cusick
Biodiesel Senior Analyst, The Jacobsen
Aaron Smith
Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Chris Davis
Senior Advisor – Climate and Energy Affairs, Office of WA Governor Jay Inslee
Tyson Eckerle
Deputy Director of ZEV Infrastructure, California Governor Newsom's Office