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Argus California Carbon and LCFS Summit

250 + Senior Carbon & Emissions Leaders | 30+ Industry Speakers | 15 + Hours of Networking

The 2018 Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit will take place March 19 - 21 in Half Moon Bay, California!

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North America’s carbon, emissions, and fuels markets are in a state of uncertainty under today’s policies. The current state of the California’s Cap-and-Trade and LCFS program as well as federal emission initiatives have market participants questioning the future of their emissions obligations. 

Join over 200 of your peers in Half Moon Bay to better understand the changing dynamics of California's carbon and fuels markets as well as federal and emerging state emissions programs! 

 Register now

Highlighted speakers: 

 Aimee Barnes
Aimee Barnes
Senior Advisor to the Governor
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown 

 Rajinder Sahota
Rajinder Sahota
Assistant Division Chief
California Air Resources Board 

 Samuel Wade
Sam Wade
Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch
California Air Resources Board 

 Miles Heller
Miles Heller
Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Affairs
Andeavor  

 Julia Bussey
Julia Bussey
Climate Change Analyst
Chevron 

 Ray Williams, Director, PG&E
Ray Williams 
Director, Long-Term Energy Policy
PG&E 


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What to expect: 

  • Two tracks featuring in-depth information and 30+ speakers on the future of North America's carbon and fuels markets  View the full agenda. 
  • Women in carbon and emissions breakfast: Join the influential women who are shaping the market for a private breakfast and networking! 
  • Two in-depth workshops: Dive deep into the markets with our two in-depth workshops. Our full day pre-conference workshop will provide you with an A - Z training on the RFS and RINs market!. Our half-day post-conference workshop will provide you with the information you need to know to better understand California's Cap-and-Trade and LCFS programs. Learn more here. 
  • Unforgettable networking: With 15+ hours of networking, our receptions, golf outing, lunches, breaks and networking activities will provide you with numerous opportunities to meet new contacts and reconnect with your peers! 

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What your peers are saying about the event:

What delegates are saying

A snap-shot of companies who attend: 

7-Eleven Inc • Abengoa • ACT Commodities Inc • ADM • Agron Bioenergy LLC • Air Liquide • Air Quality Consultants • AJW, Inc. • Allotrope Partners LLC • Alpha Inception • American Carbon Registry • Autumn Wind Associaties • Baker & McKenzie LLP • BC Environmental Insurance Brokers, Inc. • Biofuels Development Group • Blue Source • BP Energy • Brightfield Energy • Brookside • CA Public Utilities Commission • California Air Resources Board • California Biodiesel Alliance • California Ethanol & Power • California ISO • CaliforniaCarbon.info • Cap-Op Energy • Chevron • City of San Francisco • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Energy Renewables • Climate Action Reserve • Coalition-Renewable Nat. Gas • Community Fuels • Constellation: An Excelon Company • CTX North America • DRW Commodities • DTE Biomass Energy, Inc. • E&B Natural Resources Management Corp • E2 • E3 • Eco-Energy • EDF Trading • Element Markets • Energy Power Partners • Environment & Energy Publishing • Environmental Attribute Advisors • EPA • EverStream Capital • Evolution Markets Inc. • First Environment, Inc. • Flyers Energy, LLC • Foresight Group US • Gaz Métro • GHI Energy, LLC • GlassPoint Solar • Glencore • GlobalView • Golden Gate Petroleum • Government of Alberta • Green Carbon • ICF International • ICIS • ICIS Tschach Solutions • Idaho Power Company • Idemitsu Apollo • IETA • Inland Empire Energy Center, LLC • Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) • Iogen Corporation • IPC USA, Inc • KAAPA Ethanol • Karbone Inc. • Kentucky River Properties • Koch Supply & Trading • Latham & Watkins • Life Cycle Associates • Low Carbon Fuels Coalition • Lunday Thagard • Manatt • Mansfield Oil • Manzanita Advisors • Marex Spectron • Napa Valley Petroleum • Nepal Agriculture Workers Union • Nepal Framar Union • Neste Oil • New Forests • NextGen Climate America • Noble Americas • Nustar • NuStar Energy, LP • Oberon Fuels, Inc. • Office of Governor Jay Inslee • Oregon Clean Fuels Program • Origin Climate Inc. • Pacific Gas and Electric Company • PBF Energy • Pearson Fuels • PFL • PG&E • Phillips 66 • Platinum Partners • POET • Powerex Corp. • Pro Petroleum Inc. • Propel Fuels • Red Mesa, LLC • Renewable Energy Group • Restore the Earth Foundation • RINAlliance Inc. • Royal Bank of Canada • RPMG • Ruby Canyon Engineering • S&A Carbon • Sacramento Municipal Utility District • Sacramento Regional Transit District • SCB & Associates • SCB Group • SEI Fuel Services, Inc. • Shell Energy North America • Shell Oil Products US • SK Energy Americas Inc. • SMUD • Southern California Gas • SPEC Services, Inc. • State of California Department of General Services • Statkraft • STOEL RIVES LLP • Terra-Gen • Tesoro • TexonLP • TFS Energy • The Climate Trust • The Earth Partners LP • The Finerty Group, Inc. • TransCanada Pipelines • Turlock Irrigation District • UC Davis • US Oil • Verdeo • Vermont Agency of Administration • Wabashco • Waterfall Group • Western Canada Biodiesel Association, and many more! 




Registration Pricing: 

Standard registration  $1,695
Government rate $595

Additional Bookable Items:

Golf Outing
Monday, March 19th - time to be announced    
$195
Pre-conference workshop: Argus Consulting RINs and RFS Training
Monday, March 19th - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(Register here if you are only attending the workshop and not the full conference) 
$995
Post-conference workshop: California's Carbon Markets - Cap-and-Trade and LCFS
Wednesday, March 21st  - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$395
Women in carbon breakfast
Tuesday, March 20th - 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM 
$50
Register now

For group rates please contact us at:

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*Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.


Terms and Conditions

View the conference booking terms and conditions here. 

Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit is to provide participants with an understanding of the business dynamics of federal and state emissions prorgams. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application


Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Disclaimer


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.


2017 Event Advisory Board
Jessica Dell, Argus, US West Coast Bureau Chief
Jessica Dell
, US 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.

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.
Derek Regal
Derek Regal, Sr. Manager, Fuels and Regulatory Issues, Andeavor

Mr. Derek Regal is the Senior Manager of Fuels and Regulatory Issues for Andeavor and has 35 years of domestic and international petroleum industry experience. At Tesoro, Regal works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and with various states on fuels regulatory policy. He serves as a voting member for the fuels committee of the American Fuels and Petrochemical Manufacturers and is the chairman of the Pacific Northwest fuels committee of the Western States Petroleum Association. He is also a member of the National Council of Weights and Measures on the Fuels and Lubricant subcommittee and is a voting member of the American Society for Testing and Materials for gasoline and diesel specifications.

In addition to work at Tesoro, Regal is a senior member of the American Society Quality (ASQ) and is certified by ASQ as a Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. Over the years he has served on multiple technical committees and working groups. He has also held various board positions including Utah Manufacturers Association, Utah Junior Achievement, Senior Board of Examiners of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Malcomb Baldrige National Quality Award and currently sits on the Board of Advisors of the Fuels Institute.

Regal holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University.
Xantha Bruso, Manager, Long-Term Energy Policy for Energy Procurement, PG&E
Xantha Bruso, Manager, Climate Policy and Analysis, PG&E

Xantha Bruso is the Manager in the Climate Policy and Analysis group at PG&E, where she leads a team that analyzes and advocates on energy and environmental policies, including California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In her decade of work at PG&E, Xantha has also managed competitive solicitations and contract negotiations for environmental commodities, conducted PG&E’s voluntary greenhouse gas and Carbon Disclosure Project reporting, helped commercialize emerging renewable energy technologies, and administered the California Solar Initiative.

Prior to PG&E, Xantha worked as a third-party mediator of environmental disputes and as an economic and environmental consultant. Xantha earned a BA in Geography and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, a Master in City Planning degree from MIT, and a MBA from the Presidio Graduate School.
Katie Sullivan
Katie Sullivan
, Managing Director, IETA

Katie serves as Managing Director of IETA, the global business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ business members, Katie leads efforts to inform climate policy & market design across The Americas and Asia-Pacific. She also manages IETA’s growing work on international aviation and financial instruments to scale “clean” private capital. Katie’s a member of University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Committee, Ivey Foundation’s Climate Advisory Committee, and the Climate Advisory Group to Ontario’s Minister of Environment & Climate Change. She also serves as Board Member to the newly-launched International Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre. Prior to IETA, Katie worked as a Senior Associate for ICF International. She holds a Masters with Distinction in Environmental Policy & Development from Sussex University.


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Pre-conference Day: Monday, March 19th 
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

View the full agenda 

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

17:30 - 19:30

Golf Outing 

The Ritz-Carlton Old Course 

Sponsored by CBL Markets 

17:30 - 19:30

Opening Night Reception

Sponsored by GlassPoint Solar 

Day 1: Tuesday, March 20th

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

Jessica Dell, US West Coast Bureau Chief, Argus 
08:35 - 9:00

Keynote Address: California's Post-2020 Emission Goals

Speaker to be announced 

09:00 - 10:00 General Session 1: The State of the North American Carbon Market

Speakers:
Aimee Barnes, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Ray Williams,
Director, Long-Term Energy Policy, PG&E

More 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? 

Speakers:
Sam Wade, Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board
Miles Heller, Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Affairs , Andeavor
Cory-Ann Wind, Oregon Clean Fuels Program Manager, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Moderator: Jessica Dell, West Coast Bureau Chief, Argus

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? 

Speakers:
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
Sean Penrith, Executive Director, The Climate Trust

Moderator: Michael Ball, Editor, Argus Air Daily, Argus

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?

Speakers:
Zander Capozzola,
Editor, Argus Americas Biofuels, Argus
Joe Gershen,
Founder & President, Encore BioRenewables  
Neville Fernandes,
Head of Renewable Jet Fuel Development Project, North America, Neste
Dr. Philip Sheehy,
Technical Director, ICF

Moderator:
to be announced 

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: How might proposed updates to California's cap-and-trade impact compliance? What changees are in store for the program post 2020?
  • The impact on regulated entities: How are energy companies preparing for the next phase of cap-and-trade? How important were the changes made to carbon offsets?
  • Air quality regulations in California: What to make of AB 617, the companion bill to the cap-and-trade extension? Where does the environmental justice movement go from here?

Speakers:
Rajinder Sahota,
Assistant Division Chief, California Air Resources Board
Julia Bussey,
Climate Change Analyst, Chevron
Kevin Poloncarz,
Partner, Paul Hastings

Moderator: Will Murtha,
Emissions Markets and Policy Reporter, Argus

15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Break 

Track 1: Fuels Markets 


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

  • 2018 RVO levels and the impact on RINs pricing
  • The role of E85: What role with E85 play in North America’s fuel mix? What investments still need to occur to make E85 a mainstream fuel? How might the RFS impact E85’s role? 
  • RVO expectations and ethanol imports: What price movements have we seen since the mandate?What are the changes to D5 and how might this impact D4 and D6? How might a change in RVO impact potential imports?

Speakers:
Paul Niznik,
Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting
Mike Lewis
, General Manager, Pearson Fuels
Ronnie Virissimo, Broker, SCB Brokers

Moderator: Paul Niznik, Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting

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?

Speakers:
Fiona Oliver-Glasford,
Senior Manager, Carbon Strategy and Integrated Resource Planning, Enbridge
Michael Berends,
Head of Carbon Sales, ClearBlue Markets

Moderator: to be announced

17:30 - 19:00 Networking Reception

Wednesday, March 21st 
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast  
08:30 - 08:35

Chairman's Opening Remarks and Summary of Day 1

Jessica Dell, US West Coast Bureau Chief, Argus 
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 natural gas vehicles: What is the long-term role of CNG, LNG and RNG 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? 

Speakers:
Deborah Raphael,
Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
George Minter,
Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas
More to be announced

Moderator: Paul Niznik, Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting

10:00 - 10:30 Morning Break 
10:45 - 12:00 

General Session 3: Looking Forward - What's Next for North America's Carbon Market

  • What should we expect from California’s cap-and-trade program going forward, now that the program has been extended for another decade?
  • How are complying organizations in California evolving to meet tough emissions standards?
  • What can other states learn from California’s emission reduction programs and what are the potential for linkages? 
  • How might California’s new cap-and-trade law impact Quebec? 
  • What lies ahead for Canada’s federal carbon strategy? Can it draw any lessons from Quebec’s experience? 

Speakers:
Timothy Tutt,
Regulatory Affairs Program Manager, SMUD
Chris Busch,
Director of Research, Energy Innovation LLC
Jon Costantino,
Founding Principal, Tradesman Advisors

Moderator: Will Murtha,
Emissions and Policy Reporter, Argus

 12:00 - 13:30

Closing Lunch 

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

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

Learn more

*Fee - $395 per person


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

Register now

Speakers:
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.





Confirmed Speakers
Aimee Barnes
Aimee Barnes, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Aimee Barnes was appointed as a senior advisor to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2017. She has worked for more than a decade on climate change and environmental sustainability issues in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Previously she served as Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Affairs with the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), where her work included the negotiation and execution of climate change and clean energy agreements with China, Mexico and others; participation in the Paris climate talks; and the development and execution of a subnational-level climate agreement among 170 state and regional level jurisdictions on long-term decarbonization goals. Aimee also previously worked as a partner at Allotrope Partners, where she focused on innovative climate finance in emerging markets.

Earlier in her career, Aimee served as a climate change advisor to foreign governments, including the United Arab Emirates, where she helped establish a new department within their Ministry of Foreign Affairs to manage the country's climate and clean energy policies, and the Government of the United Kingdom, where she worked as a policy advisor on strategy and finance issues for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Before that, Aimee managed US Regulatory Affairs at EcoSecurities and coordinated California advocacy and Latino outreach for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  
Samuel Wade
Sam Wade, Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board

As Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board, Mr. Wade oversees rule development and implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In prior positions with ARB, Mr. Wade contributed to the inception of California’s cap-and-trade program, authored portions of the 2008 AB 32 Scoping Plan and served as ARB’s deputy director of legislative affairs. His private sector experience includes work in energy policy at a major Californian utility and time with a bioenergy 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
Rajinder Sahota
Rajinder Sahota, Assistant Division Chief, Cap-and-Trade Program & Scoping Plan, California Air Resources Board

Rajinder Sahota is an assistant division chief with the Air Resources Board whose primary portfolio includes the Cap-and-Trade Program, AB 32 Scoping Plan, and Clean Power Plan. Her position also requires coordination with other climate programs such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Prior to this position, Rajinder managed the design and implementation of the Cap-and-Trade Program, including its linkage with Quebec's program. She holds a BS and MS in Atmospheric Sciences from UC Davis.
Ray Williams, Director, PG&E
Ray Williams, Director, Climate Policy & Analysis, PG&E

Ray Williams is the Director, Climate Policy & Analysis at Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Mr. Williams’s current scope includes federal and state greenhouse gas policy. Mr. Williams joined PG&E in 1981. Prior to joining the Energy Procurement Department in 2004, Mr. Williams held a wide variety of positions at PG&E, including electric operations, electric resource planning, corporate planning, regulatory relations, and gas transmission. He has supported PG&E through electric and gas industry restructuring, its bankruptcy as a result of the failure of electric industry restructuring, and in the development of its long-term electric procurement processes.

Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the Clark University, Worcester MA and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

Julia Bussey
Julia Bussey, Climate Policy Analyst, Chevron Corporation

Julia Bussey manages climate policy for Chevron Corporation. In this capacity, she evaluates greenhouse gas legislation and regulation, providing policy implementation recommendations at the state and provincial levels in the US and Canada. She also provides expertise implementing climate policy in other jurisdictions such as Singapore, South Africa and Kazakhstan. Julia collaborates with industry groups and environmental stakeholders and represents Chevron before the Air Resources Board. Julia has extensive professional experience in environmental policy and compliance including 12 years of government service. After graduating from Cal-Berkeley, Julia developed permit policy at the California Air Resources Board, worked on incineration and air toxics at US Environmental Protection Agency, and managed a team in Superfund at the Department of Toxic Substances Control. She has also worked in Regulatory Affairs in industries as diverse as landfills, recycling and semi-conductor. Ms. Bussey is a native of San Francisco, where she continues to live.
Debbie Raphael
Debbie Raphael, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Debbie Raphael is the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and believes that cities can take bold action to address environmental harm. A scientist by training and public servant by profession, Debbie has spent more than twenty years working in government to ensure that everyone has an equal right to a safe and healthy environment. As Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Debbie sees herself as both a leader and a collaborator around environmental issues. She works in close partnership with other City agencies and community stakeholders to implement San Francisco’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals while advancing policies and programs that are inclusive of diverse communities and build on the city’s innovative and pioneering spirit. Debbie was appointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in 2014 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Physiological Plant Ecology from UCLA.
Miles Heller
Miles Heller, Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Andeavor 

Miles Heller is the Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Andeavor, located in Sacramento. In this capacity, he focuses primarily on emerging fuels, climate, and environmental policies and regulations in California and other west coast states. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1990 with a degree in chemical engineering. Miles began his career with Unocal as a process engineer at their Los Angeles refinery. He has held refinery roles in engineering, construction, environmental, and operations, and advocacy roles related to air, fuel, and climate regulations. He has held positions at several companies including Unocal, Tosco, ConocoPhillips, BP and Tesoro.
Xantha Bruso, Manager, Long-Term Energy Policy for Energy Procurement, PG&E
Xantha Bruso,
Manager, Climate Policy and Analysis, PG&E

Xantha Bruso is the Manager in the Climate Policy and Analysis group at PG&E, where she leads a team that analyzes and advocates on energy and environmental policies, including California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In her decade of work at PG&E, Xantha has also managed competitive solicitations and contract negotiations for environmental commodities, conducted PG&E’s voluntary greenhouse gas and Carbon Disclosure Project reporting, helped commercialize emerging renewable energy technologies, and administered the California Solar Initiative.

Prior to PG&E, Xantha worked as a third-party mediator of environmental disputes and as an economic and environmental consultant. Xantha earned a BA in Geography and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, a Master in City Planning degree from MIT, and a MBA from the Presidio Graduate School.
Fiona Oliver Glasford
Fiona Oliver-Glasford
, Senior Manager, Carbon Strategy and Integrated Resource Planning, Enbridge

For the past 15 years, Fiona has strived to advance energy efficiency policy, program design and implementation and evaluation practices that support customer engagement in conservation activity and its related energy and environmental benefits. This work has advanced through roles with the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Clean Air Foundation, the Summerhill Group, Union Gas and culminated at Enbridge Gas Distribution with the leadership of a five-year, comprehensive and customer-centric demand side management plan.

Early 2016, Fiona was appointed to lead carbon strategy at Enbridge. In this capacity, Fiona is responsible for developing Enbridge Gas Distribution’s first Cap and Trade Compliance Plan for 2017 roughly valued at $400 million. Fiona holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, and an exchange with the Copenhagen Business School.
Patrick Cummins
Patrick Cummins,
Senior Policy Advisor, Lead on Western States Clean Power Plan Initiative, Center for the New Energy Economy 

Patrick Cummins is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for the New Energy Economy where he led the Western States Clean Power Plan Initiative from 2014-2016 and where he now is working on a new effort called Repowering the Western Economy. The Center for the New Energy Economy is based at Colorado State University and is led by its Director, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. Patrick has worked with Western states and stakeholders on air quality and climate programs for 30 years, including at the Western Governors’ Association and at the Regional Air Quality Council in Denver. From 2008-2015 he served as Executive Director of the Western Climate Initiative where he helped develop and implement North America’s first economy-wide cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions. During his time at the Western Governors’ Association, he served as Co-Chair of EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee on Air Quality Management. Patrick holds a chemistry degree from Fort Lewis College in his hometown of Durango, CO and an MPA in environmental policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Timothy Tutt Program Manager State and Regulatory Affairs SMUD
Timothy Tutt,
Program Manager, State Regulatory Affairs, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Tim has worked in the energy field for 37 years -- 2 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 8 years at Southern California Edison, 19 years at the California Energy Commission, and the last 8 years at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Tim is the Program Manager for State Regulatory Affairs at SMUD, handling interactions between SMUD and California agencies such as the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board. At the Energy Commission, Tim was Technical Director of the Renewable Energy Program and Advisor to Energy Commissioner Jacqueline Pfannenstiel, as well as working in the energy forecasting and energy efficiency areas. Tim graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1979 with a B.S in Social Science. 
George Minter
George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas

George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He is responsible for the company’s public affairs, community relations, public policy and energy and environmental affairs functions. Minter is a long-time policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, strategic planning, program development, communications and political advocacy.

Before re-joining SoCalGas as senior director of policy and environment, Minter was managing principal for L.A.-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM Public Affairs from 2000 to 2013. There he managed public policy initiatives and communications programs to approve large energy and land use projects. Minter also served in the capacity as director and manager of a number of other functions for SoCalGas from 1985–2000. Prior to his career at SoCalGas, Minter was a political consultant handling local, state and national political campaigns, responsible for strategy development, campaign management, direct mail and television and radio production.

Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Assoc., Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc., L.A. Family Housing Corp. (as board chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal-State L.A., Center for the Study of L.A. at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and the California League of Conservation Voters Foundation. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association, and the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.

He currently serves as co-chair of the Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is a Board member at the Coalition for Clean Air, and is a member of the Land Use (GLUE) Council for SCAG, and the Advisory Boards of the Clean Tech Initiative of the LAEDC and Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). Minter has been the recipient of several awards and honors and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy. He recently was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the U.S. Council on Service and Civic Participation.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Joe Gershen
Joe Gershen,
Founder & President, Encore BioRenewables

Joe has been a leading renewables executive since 2001. He was a biodiesel industry pioneer, instrumental in facilitating numerous fleet transitions to America’s first advanced biofuel. As president of a joint venture with McDonald’s supply chain partner, Golden State Foods, Joe created a successful closed-loop solution to recycle their fryer oil into biodiesel used to power their distribution fleets. He is a co-founder and current VP of the California Biodiesel Alliance, the state industry trade association.

As founder and president of Encore BioRenewables, a clean-tech sustainable products company, Joe collaborates with pioneers and technical innovators in the renewables and recycling space to promote a zero waste, carbon-neutral future. He also co-founded Forge Ventures, a clean-tech consultancy focused on successful commercialization of early stage companies. Joe sits on the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Advisory Committee, regularly works with clients and partners in the energy industry, and has provided business development, supply chain, logistics and CRM solutions for companies in the emerging carbon economy.
Kevin Poloncarz
Kevin Poloncarz, Partner, Paul Hastings

Kevin Poloncarz is an authority on the Clean Air Act and climate change and has been deeply involved in extension of the Cap-and-Trade Program. He has represented a coalition of major power companies in defense of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, arguing the main statutory question in the case before a 10-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit in September 2016. According to press accounts, “[e]ven [the rule’s] opponents conceded that the industry intervenors’ arguments were effective with the judges, [saying] Poloncarz ‘did an outstanding job representing his clients.’” He is ranked by Chambers as among the top climate change lawyers nationwide and the top environmental lawyers in California and was recently named by the National Law Journal as an “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer” for 2017. 
Jon Costantino
Jon Costantino,
Founding Principal, Tradesman Advisors

Jon Costantino was the original AB 32 Climate Change Planning Manager for the California Air Resources Board's Office of Climate Change. He oversaw the first publication of the State’s foundational climate policy document—the AB 32 Scoping Plan. In that role he managed the program, from its infancy, through implementation. He also oversaw the development of policies and strategies that eventually would be followed internationally.

Prior to founding his own firm, Tradesman Advisors, Inc., Jon built and managed a climate change regulatory practice for a diverse portfolio of clients at a national law firm. He also was the lead legislative analyst at ARB, where he focused on energy and transportation fuels, after a decade working as an Air Quality Engineer at one of California’s local air quality districts.

During his diverse career, Jon gained in-depth insights about the complexities as well as specific issues affecting California's diverse set of industries, including: agriculture, construction, energy production and distribution, transportation and goods movement, consumer products and transportation fuels.

With an insider’s perspective, and decades of technical experience, he has become a sought-after source of information and opinion by both mainstream and industry-specific media as a recognized authority on the development and implementation of climate change regulation and policy. His approach to solving problems includes working with agencies crafting solution-oriented policy and regulatory positions, and conveying them to industry through clear communications, while using real world experiences and relationships established by being on the ground and in the mix.

He also currently sits on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board as a governor's appointee, where he works closely with agricultural and domestic water users, and industries discharging waste, to protect and ensure water quality, within the Central Valley region.
Chris Busch
Chris Busch,
Director of Research, Energy Innovation

Chris Busch serves as Energy Innovation’s Research Director and leads its California policy work, which contributes to the effective design of the policies needed to accomplish the state’s aggressive 2030 emissions limit. His report “Recalibrating Cap-and-Trade to Account for Oversupply” has been widely cited as the authoritative analysis of the balance of supply and demand in the California-Quebec carbon market. Previously, Chris served as Policy Director for the BlueGreen Alliance, as Climate Economist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and as a Senior Researcher at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He has testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and was appointed to the California EPA’s Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has been quoted in leading news outlets. Chris earned a Ph.D. from the world’s top-ranked environmental economics program at the University of California at Berkeley.
Philip Sheehy
Dr. Philip Sheehy,
Technical Director, ICF

Philip Sheehy, PhD is a Technical Director in the San Diego office of ICF. His work is focused on the regulatory, technical, and economic drivers for conventional and alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. He has led several studies on the feasibility and impacts of implementing California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Dr. Sheehy leads ICF’s team that provides advisory services in the context of fuel programs to policy makers and regulated parties, work that includes regulatory impact analyses, lifecycle GHG emission accounting for fuel pathways, reporting and verification, and infrastructure assessments.
Neville Fernandes
Neville Fernandes, Head of Renewable Jet Fuel Development Project, North America, Neste

Neville Fernandes has been a keen promoter and supporter of renewable fuels in USA and Canada for the past decade. He has managed the market development, sales and marketing teams at Neste US, Inc., that successfully commercialized renewable diesel in the USA and Canada several years ago. Neville has held many roles in Neste including General Manager and President of Neste US, Inc., and he is now focusing his efforts on commercializing renewable jet fuel. Neville is passionate in his belief that sustainable, low-carbon, biofuels are an important contributor to the responsible management of greenhouse gases and to the fight against climate change. Neville is currently serving as the Chairman of the Advanced Biofuels Association based in Washington, DC. He has presented and given testimony at numerous conferences and proceedings on renewable fuels. He has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (Princeton University) and an MBA in Marketing (Schullich School of Business), and is a licensed professional engineer (Ontario, Canada). 
Sean Penrith
Sean Penrith, Executive Director, The Climate Trust

Sean assumed the role of executive director at The Climate Trust in 2013. TCT is a mission-driven nonprofit established in 1997 that manages a $22 million carbon investment fund to deliver offset acquisition programs for utilities, governments, and large businesses. TCT’s specialty is in the forestry, agriculture and livestock sectors working in both the voluntary and compliance markets. Sean has been dedicated to TCT’s latest initiative to prove that environmental performance can be relied on to repay impact investors market rate returns while deepening the level of greenhouse gas reductions. 2016 saw the launch of Climate Trust Capital, a pilot carbon investment fund to demonstrate this thesis.

Sean is a recognized Portland Connector, an Edison Awards and Pivotal Leader nominee, an alumni of the EMERGE Leadership for Sustainability program, a member of the Association of Climate Change officers, a UNITAR Climate Change Diplomacy graduate, an advisor to MIT’s Climate CoLab initiative, and an Observer to the Green Bond Principles. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Sean presents frequently on topics that include conservation finance, green building, deep carbon reduction strategies, carbon mechanisms and markets, the future of sustainability, and climate change.

Sean is an avid sailor and can be found on any navigable body of water on his boat with his wife Meredith and son Quinn.
Mike Lewis
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 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, one hydrogen station and over 40 E85 sites with an additional 20 sites currently under construction or in development.

He resides in San Diego, California with his wife and two teenage boys.
Jim Duffy
Jim Duffy, Manager, Alternative Fuels, California Air Resources Board

Jim Duffy manages the Alternative Fuels Section at the Air Resources Board and oversees long-term policy development for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In prior positions at ARB, he has led efforts to evaluate land use change emissions for biofuels and estimate emissions for crude oil production.

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.
Cory Ann Wind
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 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. 
Ronnie Virissimo
Ronnie Virissimo, Broker, SCB Brokers

Ronnie has been a part of the SCB Group for over 8 years. He began his career at Louis Dreyfus where he was a member of the ethanol trading team before moving to his current role as a broker. Since 2009 Ronnie and his colleagues have developed the international ethanol markets, being a part of movements between North America, South America, Europe and Asia including sugarcane ethanol imports into the USA. In addition to ethanol, Ronnie is a part of SCB’s compliance credit brokerage group. He is also on the board of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, acting as the group’s treasurer. After working in Chicago and San Francisco, he and his wife now live in Puerto Rico where SCB has its third North American office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and anthropology from University of Chicago.

SCB is the world’s largest biofuels brokerage firm, with offices in Europe, the United States and Singapore and a mission to promote the adoption of a low carbon future. Through their integrated offices around the world, they are able to reach and cover all market sectors in their chosen physical and derivative commodity products. Always looking to add value for their clients and the markets in which they participate, SCB has been awarded numerous times for their groundbreaking deals and market leading position throughout the industry, including Energy Risk Magazine’s #1 rated Global Biofuel Broker for 5 consecutive years.
Jean Yves Benoit
Jean-Yves Benoît,
Carbon Market Division, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development

Mr. Jean-Yves Benoit is Director of the Carbon Market Division for the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Figth Against Climate Change of Québec. He have been involved in the climate change file for over a decade now.

He and his team are responsible of the development and implementation of Québec’s Cap-and-Trade Program, including its linking with other programs such as California’s and Ontario’s through the Western Climate Initiative.

Mr. Benoit also represents Québec on the Board of director of WCI Inc. and is currently co-chair of the Internatinal Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP).
Michael Berends
Michael Berends, Head of Carbon Sales, ClearBlue Markets

Michael is the Head of Sales at ClearBlue and has over 12 years of experience in Carbon Markets, in particular with Cap & Trade strategy, offset development and trading. Michael has been supporting Ontario compliance entities with the development of their Cap & Trade Strategies since mid-2016. Michael has executed thousands of carbon product deals, structuring transactions for offsets, allowances, and allowance related products in the primary and secondary carbon markets in over fifty countries. Michael works with the rest of the ClearBlue team on the overall Cap & Trade strategies for a number of top Ontario emitters and smaller clients, and is involved in the active management of their compliance positions. He further provides his expertise on Ontario’s Cap & Trade program by facilitating educational workshops, speaking at conferences and acting as the chair of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s (OSEA) Cap & Trade working Group.
William Murtha
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 Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Jessica Dell, Argus, US West Coast Bureau Chief
Jessica Dell, US 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.  
Zander Capozzola, US Biofuels Editor, Argus
Zander Capozzola, Editor, Argus Americas Biofuels, Argus 

Zander Capozzola oversees Argus Media's US and South American biofuels coverage as editor of the Argus Americas Biofuels report. Zander has over ten years of experience in market reporting and analysis covering crude, refined products and biofuels markets along with a background in risk management and operations. Argus is the world's largest independently-held price reporting agency with 700 staff across 23 countries responsible for publishing more than 8,000 daily commodity price assessments. Zander holds a Bachelor of Science degree of international relations from Seton Hall University.
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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.
Paul Niznik
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.




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