Key Topics

  • Trump Administration Challenges to RFS
  • 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO)
  • A Shift in the RINS Point of Obligation
  • RIN Price Volatility
  • Canada’s National LCFS Program
  • Cellulosic RINs
  • View the agenda for complete details!

Rave Reviews

“The amount of quality sessions highlighting issues of importance to the renewable fuel industry combined with the wide range of networking opportunities make the OPIS Forum a fantastic event.”

-- Andrew Foederer, Senior Compliance Analyst, Repsol

“This is an extremely helpful course for anyone looking to hear the latest in the ever-evolving RIN industry.”

-- Monica Folts, Senior Operations Analyst, TransMontaigne Product Services, LLC

“Best conference to enhance knowledge of RFS/RINs/EPA. After attending seven of these OPIS conferences, I still learn about new issues, regulations, and concerns.”

-- Jane Beteille, RINs Coordinator/Inventory Manager, Northville Industries

2017 RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum Agenda

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Registration Opens

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Networking Welcome Reception

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8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

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9:00 - 10:00 am

RFS2 and RINs – A Primer and Refresher

Sandra Dunphy

Director-Energy Compliance, Weaver

Whether you are new to the RFS2 program or an industry veteran, there is always more to learn. This session will review the basics of the RFS, including EPA’s proposed 2018 biofuels blending volumes and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Sandra Dunphy is known in the industry as “RINderella,” due to her expertise on the generation and use of RFS2 blending credits. She will provide a baseline for attendees by reviewing key terms, major compliance rules and recent developments in the program, including efforts to shift the point of obligation under the RFS program. Grab breakfast and join us for this can’t-miss refresher that will get you primed for the presentations to follow.

10:00 - 11:00 am

Keynote Address: The State of the U.S. Biofuels Industry and Where It’s Headed

Scott Irwin

Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

Nationally recognized as an expert in the RFS, Irwin will provide an overview of the current state of the program and an outlook on what he believes will happen between now and 2022. Dr. Irwin will also address factors likely to affect the program, including July’s ruling by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, what future RVOs will look like, the potential impact of duties on imported biodiesel, the fate of the federal tax credit for biodiesel and whether more volatility is in store for the RIN market.

11:00 - 11:30 am

Refreshment Break

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11:30 am -
12:30 pm

The RFS Roundtable

Geoff Cooper

Executive Vice President, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)

Michael McAdams

President, Advanced Biofuels Association

Geoff Moody

Vice President, Government Relations, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

Donnell Rehagen

CEO, National Biodiesel Board (NBB)

This panel will cover the latest developments with the RFS, including a discussion of the proposed 2018 RVOs, the point of obligation, prospects Congress will enact changes to the RFS program, efforts to expand the use of E15 and other higher-level ethanol blends, the Trump administration’s policy on renewable fuels and the future of exports.

12:30 - 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 - 2:30 pm

From Coast to Coast – Canada’s Progress Toward a Nationwide LCFS

Jim Grey

Chairman, Renewable Industries Canada; CEO, IGPC Ethanol

Ian Thomson

President, Advanced Biofuels Canada

Canada is aiming to become the first country to approve a nationwide Low Carbon Fuel Standard. This panel will provide an update on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s progress in designing a clean fuels program and discuss what it could mean for biofuels demand.

2:30 - 3:15 pm

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Predicting the RINs Market

Andy Lipow

President, Lipow Oil Associates

Are RINs prices too high or too low? Overvalued or undervalued? Refining and renewables industry expert consultant Andy Lipow gazes into his renowned crystal ball to examine the evidence on both sides of the arguments for and against higher RINs values. Lipow will discuss blending demand, RVO considerations, the possibly dwindling RINs bank that could spell trouble ahead and provide a few estimates based on those implications. Making predictions on RINs can be a dicey adventure, but Lipow’s track record make this session essential for anyone who has a stake in RIN prices.

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break

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3:30 - 4:15 pm

Examining the Legal Landscape Ahead for the RFS

Susan G. Lafferty

Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

What will the Trump White House mean for renewable fuels? Long-time Washington lawyer Susan Lafferty will offer her insights into that question and provide an overview of the key legal issues affecting the RFS, including the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling on legal challenges to EPA’s 2014-2016 RVO’s, lawsuits filed against the agency’s 2017 blending targets. She’ll also discuss the legal challenges EPA may face whatever decision it makes on requests to change the RFS program’s point of obligation and the latest developments in RINs fraud.

4:15 - 5:00 pm

Bio and Renewable Diesel – The State of the Union

Alan Rickard


Dayne Delahoussaye

Head of North American Public Affairs, Neste

This panel will discuss the state of the U.S. biomass-based diesel industry, focusing on the chances for a reinstatement of the $1/gal federal tax credit, whether the credit will be changed to a producers’ only credit and what all this will mean for the industry. In addition, our speakers will provide an update of the National Biodiesel Board’s trade complaint against Argentinean and Indonesian imports and the impact of import duties and EPA’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations.

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception

8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 am

A Refiner’s Perspective on the RFS

Dave Whikehart

VP of Environment, Safety and Corporate Affairs, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Obligated parties continue to be frustrated by the lack of clarity in the RFS, and their calls for ending or modifying the program maybe picking up some support in Congress. We’ll hear the viewpoint of one refiner, who will discuss the biggest challenges to compliance and whether there are areas where both refiners and biofuel producers can find common ground.

9:45 -10:45 am

The Sky’s the Limit – Aviation Biofuels

Steve Csonka

Executive Director Commercial, Aviation Fuels Initiative

Mr. Csonka will discuss the latest developments related to the use of biofuels in the U.S. and global aviation sector. The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization last year committed to hold carbon emissions from commercial aviation at 2020 levels by 2035 through a number of actions, including carbon credit trading and increased use of lower-carbon renewable jet fuel. This recognized expert will discuss where the industry is now and what the future of commercial aviation will be.

David M. Cepla

Senior Director, Renewable Energy & Chemicals, Honeywell UOP

Honeywell UOP is one of the leading players in the still-developing bio-jet market through its “Honeywell Green Jet Fuel” offering. Mr. Cepla will provide an overview of the status of efforts to growth the market for sustainable jet fuel in the U.S. and globally and the factors that are driving and hindering growth. He will also discuss Honeywell’s work in the field and where the company sees the market heading.

10:45 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break

11:00 - 11:45 am

A Guide to Long Term RIN Price Forecasting

Patrick Foody

Executive VP, Advanced Biofuels, IOGEN

Producers, traders, fuel marketers, obligated parties, and investors in the fuels market often rely on long term outlooks for RIN prices to justify their transactions and investments. This presentation will review the fundamentals driving the RIN market prices, present a means to determine equilibrium market expected prices based upon market factors including commodity prices, review past correlations and forecasts, and present tools for risk analysis. With the D3 RIN capacity growing at more than 25% per year, and cellulosic RIN compliance becoming an increasing consideration for refiners, the presentation will include an in depth analysis of the D3 RIN market forecasts, and present scenarios and considerations in evaluating risks.

11:45 am

Conference Adjourns

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For the 9th consecutive year, the OPIS RFS2, RINs and Biodiesel Forum will be held in Chicago, Illinois. Acknowledged as the foremost professional and business development event for the renewables and biodiesel markets, this year’s event features a full schedule of legislative and technical updates coupled with several opportunities for interaction and relationship building with your current and future customers!

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