NEC Agenda

Saturday, February 25, 2023
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
NEC Annual Golf Tournament*

Shingle Creek Golf Club

Sponsored by Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits

Shingle Creek Golf Club
Monday, February 27, 2023
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Registration Open
Sebastian Registration
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Registration Open
Sebastian Registration
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Networking Tour - Wild Florida!
Wild Florida!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Women's Leadership Reception

Sponsored by Navigator CO2

Sebastian L-1
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
RFA PAC Auction (RFA Members Only)
Sebastian I-1/2
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Fagen, Inc.

Sebastian Pre-function
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Registration Open
Sebastian Registration
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by S&P Global Commodity Insights

Sebastian Pre-function
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Welcome Remarks

Speaker: Erik Huschitt, CEO & General Manager, Badger State Ethanol

Sebastian Ballroom
8:10 AM - 8:40 AM
State of the Industry

Speaker: Geoff Cooper, President & CEO, Renewable Fuels Association

Sebastian Ballroom
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
‘Setting’ Up for Success

An update from EPA on the RFS ‘Set’ rule and other renewable fuel policy issues.
Speaker: Ben Hengst, Deputy Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sebastian Ballroom
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Spouse/Guest Tour
Mount Dora
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Perspectives on the Global Energy Transition

A timely outlook on world energy markets in light of the war in Ukraine, volatile oil and gas markets, emerging climate policies, the ESG movement, and growth in EVs

Speaker: Kevin Book, Managing Director, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC

Sebastian Ballroom
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Refreshment Break

Sponsored by CoBank

Sebastian Pre-function
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Ready for Innovation

Learn about exciting opportunities for biorefineries to expand into new markets and uses, including green chemical manufacturing.

Speakers: Geoffrey Inch, Sustainability & Circular Economy Director, Braskem
                   Michael Bloesch, President & CEO, Next Wave Energy Partners
                   Leigh Abrams, Renewable Fuels Offering Manager, Honeywell UOP

Moderator: Kelly Davis, VP, Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association

Sebastian Ballroom
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
It’s Go Time! Implementing the Inflation Reduction Act

Congress passed the landmark Inflation Reduction Act in 2022. Now what? Hear from experts about how the bill’s energy tax incentives, infrastructure grants, and other provisions will be implemented in the years ahead.

Speakers:      Dana Jackson, Partner, RSM US LLP
                        Jorge Medina, Partner & Head of Renewables, Shearman & Sterling LLP
                        Matt Lauer, VP of Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage, Foss & Company

Moderator:   Jared Mullendore, Director, Government Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association

Sebastian Ballroom
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Sponsored by state corn grower organizations and CHS, Inc.

Uncommon Valor: The Importance of Teamwork, Sacrifice, and Leadership
Speaker: Sal Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient and author, Living with Honor

Panzacola F/G
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
New Congress, New Opportunities

D.C. insiders provide an outlook for the new Congress and discuss the potential for legislation focused on transportation fuels.

Speakers: Chris Hessler, Founding Partner, AJW, Inc.

Dan Bowerson, Senior Director, Energy & Environment, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
Frank Macchiarola, Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics, and Regulatory Affairs, American Petroleum Institute
Former Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Retired

Moderator: Troy Bredenkamp, Senior VP, Government & Public Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association

Sebastian Ballroom
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Confronting Supply Chain Challenges

Labor issues, infrastructure problems, and other difficulties continue to torment the rail, waterborne freight, and trucking industries. Learn more about what’s being done to address these challenges and future growth.

Speakers: Dan Keen, Assistant Vice President, Policy Analysis, Association of American Railroads
                   Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Head of Client Advisory & Development, Agri Supply Chain,
                   S&P Global Commodity Insights

Moderator: Kelly Davis, VP, Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association

Sebastian Ballroom
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Advario North America

Sebastian Pre-function
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Peak Performance: Ethanol’s Appeal in Racing and Recreation

Ethanol isn’t just a fuel additive for passenger cars. Hear from racing and recreational vehicle experts who choose ethanol for its performance benefits, environmental attributes, and cost savings and those that supply them.

Speakers:   Jason Huang, CEO & Co-Owner, Shift S3ctor
                     David Deatsch, President, DeatschWerks
                     Jeff Wilkerson, Government Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Pearson Fuels

Moderator: Robert White, VP of Industry Relations, Renewable Fuels Association

Sebastian Ballroom
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
YPN Reception (YPN Members Only)
Headwaters Lounge
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Networking Reception

Sponsored by Leaf

Gatlin Terrace
Thursday, March 2, 2023
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Open
Sebastian Registration
7:15 AM - 8:15 AM
Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Eco-Energy

Sebastian Pre-function
8:15 AM - 8:55 AM
How Do Consumers Really Feel About Ethanol?

Back by popular demand, see what recent consumer focus groups had to say about renewable fuels, vehicle preferences, gas prices, climate change and lots of other issues.

Speaker: Phillip Morris, Partner, Locust Street Group

Sebastian Ballroom
8:55 AM - 9:25 AM
India Goes All In on Ethanol

India’s policymakers, auto companies, and fuel providers have made a bold commitment to rapidly expanding the use of low-carbon ethanol. Will India’s leadership inspire other countries to embrace renewable fuels?

Speaker:      Prashant Banerjee, Executive Director, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers

Moderator:  Ed Hubbard, General Counsel and VP, Government Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association

Sebastian Ballroom
9:25 AM - 9:35 AM
RFA Industry Award

Speaker: Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA)

Sebastian Ballroom
9:35 AM - 10:45 AM
Putting the ‘U’ in CCUS

CCS is a huge opportunity but may not work for every ethanol producer. Speakers will examine pathways for ethanol producers to achieve net zero emissions, including carbon utilization options for biorefineries that cannot access carbon sequestration.


Conor Cooper, Head of Business Development, CarbonBuilt
Jim McVaney, Chief Commercial Officer, Head of Communications & Strategic Partnerships,Carbon Sink LLC
Dave Tze, CEO, NovoNutrients 

Moderator:  Erik Huschitt, CEO & General Manager, Badger State Ethanol


Sebastian Ballroom
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Even Better than Expected

Hear about the results of new studies that show ethanol’s environmental and economic benefits are even better than previously thought.

Speakers: Steffen Mueller, Principal Economist, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois Chicago
                   Stefan Unnasch, Managing Director, Life Cycle Associates

Moderator: Scott Richman, Chief Economist, Renewable Fuels Association

Sebastian Ballroom
11:30 AM
Concluding Remarks
Sebastian Ballroom