04 May - 06 May 2020
Washington DC, US

Argus East Coast Biofuels & Emissions Conference

  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 17:00
  • Pre-conference workshop: Argus Consulting Services - RINs and RFS Paul Niznik - Senior Consultant Biofuels, Argus

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, small refinery exemptions)
  • Buyer practices in an unhedged market
  • Long and short-term strategies driving the market

 

*$995 additional fee - includes breakfast, lunch and workshop book

  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome reception
  • 07:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:30
  • Morning address: TCI’s climate goals – inside look at cap-and-trade

Get insight into the TCI program and the steps to developing a new carbon market in the Northeast. Understand what’s next for the fuels supply chain:

  • How will fuel suppliers and other obligated parties be regulated?
  • When does the compliance period begin?
  • What are the initial allowance prices?
  • What are the cap levels and investment scenarios?
  • 09:30
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  • 10:30
  • Session 1: TCI state updates – program variances across state lines

Hear from states participating in the TCI and understand what their goals are and the program variances we might see across state lines.

  • Regulated entities and obligated parties: What are the affected fuels? How will compliance work across participating jurisdictions? What other entities will be required to report obligations?
  • Timeline for implementation: What are the next steps to developing a model rule? When might the various programs realistically roll out?
  • Cost containment: How are allowances tracked and what are the cost containment provisions built into the program?
  • Linking to RGGI: What is the possibility of TCI states linking to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) or other programs like the Western Climate Initiative (WCI)? How would linkage work and how might it effect allowance prices and emissions reductions?
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Morning break
  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • Session 2: Panel discussion - New York’s plans on LCFS
  • Members of the New York state assembly and biofuels producers have been pushing for an LCFS to help New York meet its mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, New York passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) which could lead to an LCFS or there could be new legislative action. As New York works on reducing its carbon emissions from the transportation fuels sector, how will the state compete for alternative fuels? Which fuels would likely predominate in the program for displacing gasoline and diesel?
  • 12:00
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  • 13:30
  • Lunch
  • 13:30
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  • 15:00
  • Session 3: Market impacts of new biofuels demand in the Northeast
  • Renewable feedstock – the hot market commodity: With more states developing low carbon fuels programs, will there be enough renewable feedstock to supply the northeast market? Where might we see supply shortages?
  • Biodiesel demand: What are the steps the industry is taking to lower carbon emissions and what does that mean for biodiesel demand?
  • Renewable diesel in large fleets: New York City’s recent pilot project to use renewable diesel in its fleet was successfully rolled out last year. What are the projections for renewable diesel demand in New York and other TCI states moving forward?
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon break
  • 15:30
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  • 17:00
  • Session 4: Infrastructure, funding and incentives for new projects
  • Infrastructure to bring biofuels to market: With limited refining capacity in the northeast, what infrastructure investment would be needed to support growing biofuels demand? What is the pipeline capacity and logistical constraints for alternative fuels?
  • Ethanol blending facilities to meet demand: What are the ethanol blending mandates? How much ethanol is produced and imported in the northeast market? What investment will be needed to support increased demand? What are the plans for investing in additional facilities for storage and blending?
  • Investing in biomethane projects: Where are we seeing widespread adoption of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)? What tax incentives might we see in the Northeast?
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Reception
  • 07:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:45
  • Session 5: Refiners and fuel suppliers - how will the industry adapt?
  • With the fragmented supply and distribution system in the northeast market, how will refiners and fuel suppliers cope with evolving fuels policies across multiple state lines? What might be the impact along the supply chain?
  • 09:45
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  • 10:30
  • Session 6: Panel discussion - future of EVs in the northeast market
  • How will the northeast grid system cope with increasing EV demand? What investment will be needed from the utilities, municipalities, auto manufacturers and consumers? What infrastructure is already in place and what new infrastructure will need to be added?
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Break
  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • Session 7: Lessons learned from other low carbon fuels programs
  • Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS): What would the interaction between the RFS and new east coast regional fuels policies look like?
  • California’s cap-and-trade and LCFS: What are examples of how alternative transportation fuels have worked in California’s LCFS program? How has the widespread adoption of renewable transportation fuels spurred growth for new projects?
  • Clean fuels programs in British Columbia and Oregon: How have clean fuels regulations evolved in these markets? What have been the hurdles and pitfalls along the way? What progress has been made in each region since the inception of California’s LCFS program and linking with these markets? What still needs to be done?
  • Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard: What is the competition for renewable fuels as Canada’s CFS program comes into force?
  • Spotlight on Washington state: What progress has Washington made on developing its clean fuels program? How ambitious are the CI targets?
  • 12:00
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  • 12:15
  • Closing remarks and conference concludes