Nat'l biodiesel show general sessions include oil, diesel reps

By The National Biodiesel Board | January 10, 2012

Provocative content relevant to the business of biodiesel is shaping up for the general sessions at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Feb. 5-8 in Orlando. 

Have you noticed these days that oil companies don’t call themselves “oil companies” anymore? They have repositioned themselves as “energy” companies, and a few even tout their commitment to biofuels in their advertising campaigns. During Monday’s general session, our expert panel will answer the question: Are public perception and policy pressures at the root of this shift, or are we at the beginning of a true energy renaissance? How does the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) impact their business plans, including infrastructure, and what can we do to make sure the RFS is here for the long haul?

Top brass among petroleum trade associations will discuss everything from the industry’s perception of biodiesel as a mainstream product, to the future of Bioheat, to how energy policy will leave a lasting imprint on everyone in the energy industry. 

Confirmed speakers include:

- Charles Drevna/National Petrochemical & Refiners Association

- John Huber/National Oilheat Research Alliance

- Dan Gilligan/Petroleum  Marketers Association of America

- Michael Ferrante/Massachusetts Oilheat Council

- John Maniscalco/New York Oilheat Association City

Then on Tuesday, fasten your seatbelt for a lively conversation about the future of diesel vehicle technology. Many OEMs have taken the road to B20, a major biodiesel victory. With increased fuel economy standards and ever-lower emissions requirements, do all roads lead to diesel? Join us as automotive industry leaders discuss their leaps forward in meeting stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, and what role they see for biodiesel. Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, will lead the discussion.

New this year: General sessions will start mid-morning, so finish your coffee and head to the ballroom for a great seat!

Visit the National Biodiesel Conference website for registration and additional details.     


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