Key topics include:

  • An overview of the LCFS program and a look into 2018 and beyond
  • Proposed amendments to the LCFS program including changes to reporting, 3rd party verification, compliance and enforcement
  • Are there more low carbon intensity products on the horizon? The role non-traditional renewable fuels such as RNG will bring to the LCFS program
  • The new ADF regulation for blending biodiesel now mitigated with NOX additives
  • And much more!
Day 3 Agenda

December 7, 2017

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

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9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resource Board (CARB)

California this summer enacted legislation extending the state’s emissions trading program through 2030 and raising the overall emissions-reduction target to 40% below 1990 levels. How will regulators implement the new law and what are the issues and challenges facing the California Air Resources Board as it moves to put a new program in place? Our keynote speaker will help answer those questions.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

LCFS Overview

Sam Wade, Chief, Transportation Fuel Branch, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Sam Wade has been involved in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard from the beginning. Sam will provide a first-hand look at how the program has performed so far and what it will look like over the next three years for obligated parties, alternative fuels and emerging technologies as carbon-reduction targets ratchet up toward the goal of a 10% cut below the 1990 level by 2020. Sam also will address how the agency aims to move beyond 2020 as it works to extend the program to 2030 and increase the GHG reduction target to 18%.

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

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11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Hidden Tax in Gasoline and Diesel Prices

Dave Hackett, President, Stillwater

California’s LCFS program is about two and a half years away from its deadline for meeting that state’s goal of reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 10% by 2020. Low-carbon fuel use in California is increasing, and renewable and alternative fuels are making inroads into displacing gasoline and diesel. In the first quarter of 2017, however, CARB reported the first quarter of net deficits generated in the program. As the carbon intensity standards become more stringent, the demand for LCFS credits will increase significantly in 2018 and continue in to 2019 and 2020. The credit bank that has built up will be drawn down, causing the price of LCFS credits to rise. Dave Hackett will share Stillwater Associates' insights into the LCFS credit market, including an overview of the contribution of low carbon intensity products and an outlook for credit availability and pricing into the future.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Ethanol’s Ongoing Role in the LCFS Program

Neil Koehler, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Ethanol

Currently, traditional ethanol produced no longer gets gasoline to the break-even CI target with a blend at 10%.Next year the 5% target will be even more difficult for gasoline. What are ethanol producers doing to get their product back in the game. Could a higher blend be in the future for California? Is there a large amount of very low CI ethanol coming into the market?

12:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Counting on RNG

Tyler Henn, VP and General Manager, Clean Energy Renewables
Doug Button, President, South San Francisco Scavenger Company
Evan Williams, Primary Manager, North American Repower

CARB is counting heavily on renewable natural gas to help the state meet the lower carbon intensity requirements of AB32. Producers of RNG are getting this fuel into fleets, and generating LCFS and Renewable Identification Number credits. Find out how much of this product is replacing CNG in California fleets and how much potential the fuel holds. In Q1 2017, CARB data showed a 450,000MT deficit accumulated, and saw the first draw on the credit bank in the history of the program. What is the potential of RNG in the LCFS program to ensure compliance by obligated parties? What policies and initiatives have the potentially to significantly increase LCFS credit generation from RNG? The panel will consider the potential impact of a state truck standard from CARB, the Port of Los Angles and Long Beach Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) as well as existing regulations and grants that can ensure the future of RNG and vehicle adoption in California.

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

The ADF Rule: What to Expect in 2018

Alexander Mitchell, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

CARB’s Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018, is designed to create a framework for increasing the market penetration of low-carbon and often lower polluting diesel fuel substitutes. CARB will explain what it hopes the rule will accomplish and what it may mean for the success of the LCFS.

3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

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4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel

Lisa Mortenson, CEO, Community Fuels
Pat McDuff, CEO, California Fueling
Dayne Delahoussaye, Head of North American Public Affairs, NESTE

Biodiesel and renewable diesel have played a critical role in lowering the carbon intensity of California’s transportation fuels and their contribution is forecast to increase as the state remains the largest U.S. market for imports of biomass-based diesel. CARB’s Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) regulation, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, is designed to increase the use of lower carbon diesel fuel substitutes. Learn how producers are looking at the rule and what it will mean.

The panel also will discuss impacts of CARB’s July decision certifying an additive that reduces biodiesel NOx emissions and resolves legal issues that had clouded the fuel’s future role in the state’s transportation fuel mix.

5:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Welcome Reception -- Open to All Attendees

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Day 2 Agenda

December 8, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

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9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

CARB Proposed Changes to LCFS Reporting, Verification, Compliance and Enforcement

Manisha Singh, Manager, Fuels Section, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

CARB is proposing major changes to reporting verification and compliance under the LCFS. 3rd party verification is being considered. Hear how CARB plans to apply these proposed changes to the LCFS program.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

The Future of Legal Challenges, Commercial Disputes and Enforcement

David McCullough, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

The LCFS and Cap and Trade Programs involve a number of legal issues that have the potential to impact the viability of the credit and biofuel markets as well as your bottom line. Drawing on his extensive experience in representing dozens of renewable fuel and petroleum producers, traders and blenders, David McCullough will update you on the following:

  • Legal challenges to the LCFS and Cap and Trade Programs;
  • How to respond when you have a commercial dispute with a counterparty; and
  • Responding to a potential enforcement issue.
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

LCFS Monitoring and Verification: Where are we and what comes next?

Greg Staiti, Partner, Energy Compliance Services, Weaver

Few LCFS issues have proven as controversial as CARB’s decision to implement a monitoring and verification regime for alternative fuels. This panel will explain where the process is, key areas of disagreement and concern among stakeholders and offer their take on what a final program may look like.

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Oregon and Canada LCFS

Cory Ann Wind, OR Clean Fuels Program Manager, OR Department of Environmental Quality
Jeremy Moorhouse, Senior Analyst, Clean Energy Canada
Michael Rensing, Director, Low Carbon Fuels, British Columbia Ministry of Mine

California’s LCFS program is not the only game in town. Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program will begin to be fully implemented in 2018 as obligated parties will for the first time be required to obtain carbon offsets to match their deficits. Across the border, the Canadian government is working on an ambitious plan to create a low-carbon fuel standard that may apply to both transportation and stationary fuels. Our panel will discuss Oregon’s experience so far and what to expect in 2018 as well as provide an update on Canada’s progress and when a program may take effect.

12:00 p.m.

Conference Adjourns



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