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Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit

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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

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

13:30 - 16:30

Golf Outing 

The Ritz-Carlton Old Course 

Sponsored by CBL Markets 

18:00 - 20:00

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

Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board 

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Session: Meeting California’s Emissions Goals and the Impact on Industry

Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board 
Aimee Barnes, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Ray Williams,
Director, Long-Term Energy Policy, PG&E
Tiffany Roberts, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, WSPA

Moderator: Jessica Dell, West Coast Bureau Chief, Argus

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?
  • Oregon’s LCFS: What can we learn from the first compliance period of Oregon’s LCFS? What cost containment measures were addressed last year? What is the future of electricity as a transportation fuel in the program?
  • The impact of new fuels standards on west coast refiners: How will large and independent refiners adapt to new potential LCFS goals? 

Sam Wade, Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board
Bill Peters, Clean Fuels Program Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Miles Heller, Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Affairs, Andeavor

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? 

Xantha Bruso, Manager, Climate Policy & Analysis, PG&E
Patrick Cummins, Senior Policy Advisor, Lead on Western States Clean Power Plan Initiative, Center for the New Energy Economy
Bill Drumheller, Climate and Energy Specialist, Washington Department of Ecology
Kristen Sheeran, Carbon Policy Advisor, Governor Kate Brown

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?

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: Graham Noyes,
Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition 

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: The new scoping plan leans heavily on cap-and-trade to reach the state's climate goals. What changes 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?

Rajinder Sahota,
Assistant Division Chief, California Air Resources Board
Adam Smith,
Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs, Southern California Edison
Kevin Poloncarz,
Partner, Paul Hastings
Julia Bussey,
Climate Change Analyst, Chevron

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?

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

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

Track 2: Carbon Markets

15:30 - 17:00 - Session 2C: Canada and Mexico's Carbon Market

  • Ontario’s Cap and Trade: How are complying entities in Ontario adapting to increasing emission standards? How will Ontario's alignment with California and Quebec's carbon market impact entities in Ontario? 
  • California and Quebec's carbon market: What is next for the California/Quebec Western Climate Initiative? How will an expansion of the program impact the carbon offset market? 
  • Mexico's carbon policies: What is the status of Mexico's carbon and climate change policies? Might we see a linkage between Mexico's and California's market in the future? 
Fiona Oliver-Glasford, Senior Manager, Carbon Strategy and Integrated Resource Planning, Enbridge
Michael Berends, Head of Carbon Sales, ClearBlue Markets
Sean Donovan, West Coast Representative, IETA

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

17:00 - 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

  • Utilizing electric vehicles and alternative fuel sources in public and private fleets: Major cities and the private sector are activity working towards achieving significant GHG emission reductions in their fleets through integration of renewable diesel and deployment of zero emission vehicles. Can policy and procurement decisions transform the energy and transportation sectors? What impact will this have on fossil fuels in California in the coming 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? 

Jessie Denver,
Energy Program Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment
David Almeida,
Manager, Electric Vehicles, PG&E
George Minter,
Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas

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

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 is the potential for linkages?

Timothy Tutt,
Regulatory Affairs Program Manager, SMUD
Chris Busch,
Director of Research, Energy Innovation LLC
Jon Costantino,
Founding Principal, Tradesman Advisors
Katelyn Roedner,
Climate Program Analyst, EDF

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

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

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*Fee - $395 per person
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The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
1 Miramontes Point Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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