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California Biodiesel Industry

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 in Biodiesel, Vegetable Oil, and Grain, News



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California Biodiesel Industry

Joe Gershen

For those of us who believe in science and the realities of the climate change, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a groundbreaking, but somewhat controversial piece of legislation. It’s driving policy changes and conversations not only in California and the Pacific coast region of North America, but all over the world. Perhaps more importantly, along with all of California’s climate regulations, the Golden State’s policies are changing behavior and changing markets. The question is, are all the market changes what the state policy makers and regulators had in mind, or are we experiencing something more akin to the law of unintended consequences?

I’ve had many conversations with colleagues and customers in the fuels industry about the LCFS and the questions it raises. Will the regulation work past 2018?  How often might the California Air Resources Board (CARB) modify it and what impacts will that have on business?  Would the regulated entities in the petroleum industry voluntarily address climate issues even though many continue to deny or question the science?  I’m guessing that many others have been having these same conversations and many of the questions remain unresolved.

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Tallow Prices Surge to Resistance but Market is Overbought

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 in U.S. and International Animal Fats & Protein

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Tallow prices have benefited from a recent surge in commodity prices, moving up to resistance levels. Tuesday trade data from China could throw cold water on the fats complex, as commodities move lower in the face of weaker than expected data.

According to the Chinese Government, Chinese exports plummeted by a near-record 25.4% year-over-year in dollar terms in February, and by a record 20.6% year-over-year in yuan terms. This is well off the median forecast for a 14.5% year over-year-drop and follows a 11.2% year-over year-decline in January data. Imports fell by 13.8% year-over-year, better than the 18.8% drop seen in the previous month.

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Greg Staiti, JD. the EPA, and renewable fuels

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 in Biodiesel, Vegetable Oil, and Grain, News

Greg StaitiJoining us for our first presentation of the 2016 Biodiesel and Feedstock Conference is Greg Staiti, JD. He and Sandra Dunphy will be addressing the latest on politics, the EPA, and renewable fuels, with Greg focusing in on the big picture of biodiesel with the speech on political and regulatory RFS and EPA.

Greg brings over 10 years of experience working in petroleum and renewable fuels. He has a wide range of experience, but specializes in EPA and California Air Resources Board compliance. He is a well-rounded biofuel expert, and advises 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.

With a Juris Doctor from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, Greg is a sought after speaker in the biodiesel and renewable fuel industry.

Register today for an opportunity to tap into Greg’s experience and expertise as he delivers what will sure to be an educational and valuable presentation from 9-10 am on Thursday, May 26th.

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Biodiesel and Feedstock Conference – Chicago Swissotel

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 in Biodiesel, Vegetable Oil, and Grain, News


When it comes to picking a location for our annual Biodiesel and Feedstock Conference, Chicago’s Swissotel remains the clear choice. As the site for our 2015 conference, the Swissotel proved to be a world-class, luxury hotel with all of the necessary space and accommodations to hold this year’s conference.

hotel-picsDesigned by renowned architect, Harry Weese, this beautiful space is all glass, with views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. There are 661 European-inspired and tastefully decorated rooms and suites, two restaurants, a lobby lounge with bar, and a fitness center on the 42nd floor with panoramic views.

In addition to holding the conference on Thursday, May 26th, this year there will be a cocktail reception on the top floor of the Swissotel Wednesday from 5-7pm in the Edelweiss Room. This penthouse offers stunning views and “is set among the clouds.” We look forward to kicking off with an intimate and luxurious opportunity to network before the big day.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to join us for the 2016 Biodiesel and Feedstock Conference. For more information, visit: 2016 Biodiesel and Feedstock Conference

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Meet Featured Conference Speaker, Sandra Dunphy

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 in News

Sandra Dunphy ImageSandra Dunphy has worked 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. She has a practice specialization in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance and fuels consulting and 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, coordinating hundreds of transactions per year. She is experienced in industrial energy conservation strategies and energy distribution networks, has extensive contract negotiation experience in electricity, natural gas, and liquid fuels, as well as having managed financial hedging strategies for energy producers and purchasers.

Sandra is a member of the fuels committee for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and is also a member of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the National Biodiesel Board. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware.

conf_logo-2016-trans-correctedSandra will be speaking on the latest on politics, the EPA, and renewable fuels on Thursday, May 26th from 9am to 10am. She will be joined by Greg Staiti. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to get insight from one of the industry’s most experienced experts. Check Out The Conference!

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