California Biodiesel Conference to focus on regulatory stability

By The California Biodiesel Alliance | February 10, 2016

The California Biodiesel Alliance, the industry’s voice since 2006, is proud to present its 2016 California Biodiesel Conference Feb. 24 at the Capitol Ballroom in downtown Sacramento. An absolute must for anyone doing or wanting to do business in California, it will focus on new realities and possibilities as the state’s industry—long challenged by regulatory uncertainty—enters a new era of regulatory stability based on CBA’s legislative success and the Jan. 1 implementation of the new Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation and the newly readopted low carbon fuel standard (LCFS).

CBA is honored to offer presentations by keynote speaker Ethan Elkind, associate director of the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative at the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, joint appointment at UCLA School of Law, and featured speaker Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. The conference enjoys the generous sponsorship of NBB and Renewable Energy Group Inc. (Gold); Crimson Renewable Energy and EcoEngineers (Silver); and Biodico and The Jacobsen (Bronze).

Evidencing an exciting new day in coalition efforts to help the state reach its low-carbon goals, the conference will begin with a panel entitled The California Biofuels Cap & Trade Initiative: What Lies Ahead? The panel includes representatives from the coalition members involved in this important effort to secure funding from auction proceeds for in-state biofuels production and infrastructure, initiated and led by CBA since early 2014.

The second panel on California’s Regulatory Environment and Future Directions will provide essential regulatory and state funding updates on current realities and future possibilities as presented by high-level state agency staff from Governor Brown’s office, the California Air Resources Board, and the California Energy Commission. 

This year’s regional panel, Regional Clean Fuel Standards: Progress Toward Adoption, Compliance and Integration, takes on the weighty issue of verification with an eye toward possible state and regional compliance scenarios and what we can learn from current programs. It features key ARB staff and experts on federal and Canadian policies.

The last panel entitled The Future of California Biodiesel Feedstocks offers a chance to delve into feedstock-related developments, including biodiesel feedstock issues under the new CA GREET 2.0, with ARB staff and state and national experts.

All conference attendees are encouraged to attend an open CBA member meeting after the conference from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to learn more about CBA’s policy activities and plans for the future.

For the full conference agenda and to register, click here.

This event is co-located with CALSTART’s 2016 Clean, Low Carbon Fuels Summit to be held Feb. 23 at the Capitol Ballroom.

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