LCFS, Renewable Fuels and Feedstock

The Jacobsen, as the recognized industry standard for pricing and commentary, will bring together a wide variety of dynamic, experienced and knowledgeable speakers who will offer their assessments of the different variables and factors that affect the biodiesel market. We will look at the market holistically and the forces affecting the market today.

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Speakers & Panelists

Dr. Phillip Sheehy

Technical Director
ICF International

Kevin Stewart

Ethanol and Sugar Cane Ethanol/LCFS credit generation
Eco Energy

Ryan Standard

Animal Fats & Protein Editor
The Jacobsen

Ian Thomson

Advanced Biofuels Canada

Philip Sheehy, PhD is a Technical Director in ICF’s San Diego office. He leads ICF’s team that provides advisory services at the nexus of transportation and carbon-constrained markets, focusing specifically on low carbon fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.

Kevin Stewart is a Commercial Manager at Eco-Energy, working with ethanol producer partners to increase the value of each partner’s enterprise. Additionally, Kevin also is the commercial lead for California LCFS. Prior to joining Eco-Energy, he was a Sales Manager at Abengoa Bioenergy and Commodity Buyer at Ralcorp Holdings.

Mr. Standard graduated college in 2003 where he studied Economics. He joined The Jacobsen in 2007 and has been climbing the ranks ever since. Ryan is responsible for the Animal Fats and Feed Bulletins, and is a contributor to the Biodiesel Bulletin.

Ian Thomson is President of Advanced Biofuels Canada, a national industry association representing leading global advanced biofuel producers, project developers and supporters. Since 2005, ABFC has a lead role in Canadian provincial and federal mandates, programs and policies to expand advanced biofuel production and use in Canada.

Bob Van Heuvelen

Principal, Van Heuvelen Strategies

Bob Lane

The Jacobsen

Jason Schwenneker

Executive Director, Sales & Trading at Renewable Energy Group

Bryan Sherbacow

Alt Air Fuels

Bob Lane is a Commodity Analyst and Editor at The Jacobsen. Bob has more than 15 years experience as a professional trader and analyst. Bob has traded options, futures, and equities on the floors of the CBOT and CBOE, and has experience as an analyst/controller with a real estate asset management company.

As Executive Director, Sales and Trading, Schwenneker oversees the REG team that is focused on delivering finished fuel products, RIN and other compliance credits to customers across the United States and internationally. With 13 commercial-scale biorefineries and over 40 terminals, he is responsible for sales and trading of fuel products, coordinating logistics, RIN trading and contracting to help petroleum customers fulfill demand and meet EPA compliance. The REG sales team is a leader in the biomass-based diesel industry, in 2016, REG sold 567 million gallons and delivered biodiesel and co-products to 47 states, 4 provinces in Canada, U.K and Peru in 2016.


Adam Thompson

Pasternak Baum

Jennifer Case

Founder & President
New Leaf Biofuel

Justin Heller

Renewable Products Supply Manager at Neste US, Inc

Joe Gershen

President at Encore BioRenewables LLC

Adam has been in the commodity trading business for 10 years. All 10 years have been focused on oilseed processing and vegetable oils. The last 4 years have been with Pasternak, Baum & Co., Inc. trading North American and Latin American vegetable oils. Pasternak, Baum is a leading global oils and fats trading and brokerage firm based in Harrison, New York. Originally from Minnesota, Adam now lives in Connecticut with his wife and 3 young children.

Jennifer is the Chair of the California Biodiesel Alliance, California’s only trade organization representing every producer in the state. Jennifer is recognized by her peers as a leader and spokesperson for community sized biodiesel plants across the country, and has testified on their behalf in the Congress and the EPA. Locally, Jennifer is a board member for both the California Restaurant Association and San Diego Clean Cities Coalition.

Justin Heller has recently joined Neste US, Inc. in Houston, TX, as the North American feedstock supply manager, responsible for sourcing yellow grease, used cooking oil, corn oil, and other low CI feedstocks. Justin has been in the biodiesel industry for over 10 years and has extensive knowledge of the biodiesel and related feedstock industries. He has owned and operated multiple companies across the US related to biodiesel production, distribution, and retail.

Joe represents the California Biodiesel Alliance in Sacramento, sits on the California Energy Commission ARFVT Program advisory committee, and has been instrumental in helping several companies in the renewable energy and clean tech sector commercialize technologies, develop business and grow market share.

Andrew Lipow

Lipow Oil Associate

Gene Gebolys

World Energy

Greg Staiti


Sandra Dunphy


Andrew Lipow is the President of Lipow Oil Associates, a consulting firm which he founded in May 2004. Lipow Oil Associates specializes in refinery operations, bulk liquid storage terminals and provides expertise in crude oil and petroleum product trading opportunities. Mr. Lipow is also familiar with the blending of ethanol and biodiesel and its limitations and can provide guidance on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Mr. Gebolys has built a company that plays a leading role in building an industry. World Energy has helped foster biodiesel’s growth in Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and all regions of the United States and has been among the most enduring and innovative forces in the space. The company has been recognized by Platts as its Global Downstream Company of the Year and by the US Department of Energy as its Stakeholder of the Year. World Energy now offers over 100 million gallons of production capacity from three manufacturing plants as well as targeted managerial and technical services to the biofuels market.

Greg Staiti, JD, has more than 10 years of experience working with petroleum and renewable fuel companies. Greg specializes in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliance. In addition, he has experience in assessing liability risks associated with regulatory non-compliance, advising clients on elective disclosure, negotiation of contracts for physical oil and renewable fuel commodities, as well as renewable and alternative fuels credits. Greg’s specialized and technical industry knowledge allows him to provide exceptional consulting services to his clients.

Sandra Dunphy has more than 25 years of experience working with energy companies in North and South America, Europe and Asia and is nationally recognized as a Renewable Identification Number expert within the United States renewable fuels industry. With a practice specialization in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance and fuels consulting, Sandra brings extensive technical experience and knowledge to each of her clients. In addition, Sandra developed a premiere EPA fuel credit trading business in the United States.

Victor Allemandou


Floyd Vergara

California Air Resources Board

Broker on physical biodiesel and feedstock covering and developing European (Med and Eastern European countries) and South-American Markets. He has already 5 years of experience in the biofuels industry. He started his career in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Victor holds a double degree: Master in Management and a Msc in Financial Markets from EDHEC Business School.

Floyd Vergara is Chief of the Industrial Strategies Division at the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and has been at ARB for over 29 years. He oversees a number of ARB’s key climate change and air quality programs, including the GHG Scoping Plan; Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy; Cap-and-Trade; Low Carbon Fuel Standard; Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation; conventional fuels programs; and programs dealing with energy, oil and gas production, and waste sectors. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and is licensed to practice in California as a professional engineer and lawyer.



Wednesday, May 24

Doors Open at 12:00pm

Noon – 1:00

1:00  – 1:45
New Pathways for LCFS credit generation
Phillip Sheehy
ICF International

2:00 – 2:45
Global Sugar-Sugar Cane Ethanol /LCFS credit generation
Kevin Stewart
Eco Energy

2:45 – 3:00

3:00 – 4:00
Panel Discussion “Can you see the wave?”
The near-term future of the LCFS market is bio and renewable diesel doing the heavy lifting

  • Joe Gershen – Moderator
  • Floyd Vergara – Panelist

4:00 – 4:45
Latest on California LCFS: Updates, Trends and Lawsuits.
Greg Staiti

5:00 – 5:30
Speculation on LCFS/GHG Programs Expansion:  Canada, West Coast, Northeast and Midwest
Ian Thomson
Advanced Biofuels Canada

5:30 – 7:00
Cocktail Reception
Top of the Swissotel

Thursday, May 25

9:00 – 9:45
The Latest from Washington DC
Bob Van Heuvlen
Van Heuvlen Strategies

9:45 – 10:40
RFS2, Supply and Demand RIN Complex
Andy Lipow
Lipow Oil Associates

10:40 – 10:55

10:55 – 11:45
EPA, RFS2, Forward RVO
Sandra Dunphy

11:45 – 12:30
Renewable Diesel Panel

  • Bob Lane – The Jacobsen
  • Jason Schwenneker – REG
  • Bryan Sherbacow – Alt Air Fuels

12:30 – 1:30

1:30 – 2:15
Vegetable Oil: supply/demand and speculation on rest of 2017
Adam Thompson
Pasternak Baum

2:15 – 2:30

2:30 – 4:00
Low CI Feedstock Panel
A look at the global market for low CI feedstocks.  A European perspective, a California perspective and a global perspective

  • Ryan Standard – Moderator
  • Jennifer Case – New Leaf Biodiesel – California
  • Justin Heller – Neste – Global Perspective

4:00 – 5:00
Macro View of Economics of Bio and Renewable Diesel Market
Gene Gebolys
World Energy

5:00 – 7:00


5th Avenue Advisors
ADM Corn Processors
Advanged Biofuels Canada
Agri Trading Corp
Ainsworth Pets
ALT Air Fuels
Biox Corp
Consolidated Grain & Barge Co.
Eco Energy
Encore Biorenewables LLC
Energy Suppliers
FC Stone
Future Fuel
Future International
Global Seaport Services
Green Plains Renewable Energy
Gunvor Group
Hartland Fuels
ICF International
IP Specialities
Jacob Stern
Koch Supply & Trading
Lipow Oil
Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Magnus International Group
National Biodiesel Board
New Leaf Biofuel
Pasternak Baum
Pullman Sugar
PZ Cussons Singapore Pte Ltd
Renewable Biofuels
Renewable Energy Group
Renewable Products Marketing Group
Rierden Chemical
Rio Valley Biofuels
Riverhead Resources
Roslin Enterprises Inc.
The Jacobsen
Third Coast Commodities
Van Heuvelen Strategies
Vantage Group
VIC Fuel
Western Dubuqu
e Biodiesel
World Energy


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  • We've reserved a block of discounted hotel rooms at $279/per night at Swissôtel Chicago.
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