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RIN Academy will bring together key individuals who have developed solutions to the complex knot of issues surrounding the successful launching of a renewable fuel project. RIN Academy is the place to learn how the latest federal and state policy incentives are impacting the renewable fuels market. RIN Academy is the gathering place for biofuel companies, feedstock suppliers, technology companies and project developers to meet and network with financiers, municipalities, off-takers and EPCs. waste-to-fuel The EPA’s Renewable Fuels Standard 2 (RFS2) completed 4 years in March 2014. When promulgated in 2010, it was a groundbreaking policy that introduced the market mechanism of RINs to curb emissions from transportation fuels. Now, four years into the RFS, while we wait for the EPA to develop the renewable volumetric mandate (RVO) for 2014, we are at crossroads.

Regulatory Updates from EcoEngineers on the most relevant topics today:

  • What is the full impact of Pathways II rule?
  • How to register bolt-on solutions for ethanol plants?
  • What is the cellulosic standard for 2014 and forward?
  • What are trends in RIN Prices?
  • What are Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) requirements for California?
  • What is EPA's definition of cellulosic fuels?
  • Can RIN and LCFS credits be generated retroactively?
  • What protections are offered by a QAP?

These and other pressing questions will be addressed at the RIN Academy 2014.

RIN-Academy-2014-lg1Keynote Speaker:

Bill Northey​, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Bill-Northey
PANEL DISCUSSIONS:
HOW TO CREATE EFFECTIVE BIOFUEL POLICY
The biofuels industry depends on policy support for its success. Nevertheless, that crucial public support for biofuels is in jeopardy because stakeholders that should have common goals, are not coordinating and aligning their messages to policymakers. In this panel we will hear from biofuels industry representatives, a leading environmental non-profit, and the US EPA about the importance of working together to ensure policy support for sustainable biofuels moving forward.
PANELISTS:
Don-Scott-smDON SCOTT, National Biodiesel Board, Director of Sustainability
MJMcAdams-smMICHAEL McADAMS, Advanced Biofuels Association, Founder and President
Sharyn-Lie-smSHARYN LIE, US Environmenal Protection Agency (EPA), Center Director
barbara_bramble_sm​BARBARA BRAMBLE, National Wildlife Federation, Senior Advisor for International Affairs
MODERATOR:
matthew-rudolf-smMATTHEW RUDOLF, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Director of Business Development
2ND GENERATION BIOFUELS
Several 2nd generation conversion technologies are available in the marketplace. Which of these will ultimately be commercially successful? What are their competitive advantages or handicaps? How do they calculate cellulosic RIN values and fuel values? These and other questions will be answered in this panel.
PANELISTS:
Robert-Brown-smROBERT C. BROWN, Iowa State University, Bioeconomy Institute, Director
Delayne-Johnson-smDELAYNE JOHNSON, CEO, Quad County Corn Processors
Steve-Ogle-smSTEVE OGLE, Dupont, Commercial Leader for Cellulosic Ethanol
Derek-Winkel-smDEREK WINKEL, REG, Executive Director, Manufacturing Operations
MODERATOR:
Jill-Euken-smJILL EUKEN, Iowa State University, Bioeconomy Institute, Deputy Director
MUNICIPAL PERSPECTIVES OF RENEWABLE FUEL PROJECTS
Municipal waste water treatment and solid waste management play a central role in developing the waste to fuel sector. This panel discussion will focus on issues faced by local governments while they attempt to optimize waste management practices to extract maximum economic value.
PANELISTS:
Craig-Staurt-Paul-smCRAIG STUART PAUL, Fiberight, CEO and Founder
Neil-Dobler-smNEIL DOBLER, Bartlett and West, Engineer
MODERATOR:
Chuck-Becker-smCHARLES F. BECKER, Belin McCormick, P.C., Environmental Attorney
OPTIMIZING VALUE OF ORGANIC STREAMS VIA BIOGAS*
This panel will discuss the future of the biogas market and the opportunities for extracting value from organic waste streams. It will feature a collaborative approach in Iowa between the State and private industry and showcase successful bioCNG projects. * This session is free and open to the public.
PANELISTS:
Mark-WrightMARK WRIGHT, Iowa State University, Bioeconomy Institute, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Bryan-Sievers-smBRYAN SIEVERS, Sievers Family Farm, Owner and Manager
Kim-Murdoch-Timmerman-smKIM MURDOCK-TIMMERMAN, Unison Solutions, Biogas and Media Specialist
Norma-McDonald-smNORMA McDONALD, Organic Waste Systems, North American Sales Manager
MODERATOR:
Paritosh-Kasotia-smPARITOSH KASOTIA, Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Team Leader