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California Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Conference
Monday, January 20, 2014
San Diego Convention Center

Register here first to receive a code for a $100 discount on the regular price of the
2014 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

Celebrating Success — Building for the Future!

The 3rd annual California Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Conference, presented by the California Biodiesel Alliance and the National Biodiesel Board, echoes the "Strong" theme of the co-located National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. California's biodiesel industry has grown in size, strength, and stature and has achieved important milestones in bringing biodiesel to market in our state. Diesel substitute fuels now lead the much faster-than-anticipated evolution of the alternative fuels market here. Our state's embattled Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) prevails against its enemies and is literally fueling a revolution, creating a potential 800,000,000 gallon demand for biodiesel alone by 2022!

Get the latest exciting updates directly from the architects, defenders, and developers of both California's suite of low carbon transportation fuels policies and its unique world of feedstocks.

Conference Registration Fees (all include lunch)

General $195
California Biodiesel Alliance Members: Business Bronze
Join Us if you're not yet a member and get a discount code.
With Discount Code
California Biodiesel Alliance Members: Business Silver
Join Us if you're not yet a member and get a discount code.
With Discount Code
California Biodiesel Alliance Members: Individual
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With Discount Code
California Biodiesel Alliance Members: Board Member
Membership by application
With Discount Code

Become a Sponsor

Available Sponsorships: Lunch $5,000 (2), Breaks $2,500 (3), General $1,000.
All Sponsors receive the following general benefits:

  • Company logo & link to your website on conference webpage and printed agenda
  • Recognition in conference press releases and promotional materials
  • Company logo displayed during conference
  • Company literature at designated sponsor table
  • Recognition from the podium
  • One complimentary admission to conference

Break and lunch sponsors will receive:

  • Larger and more prominently displayed logo on conference webpage and printed agenda
  • Special recognition in conference press releases and promotional materials
  • Larger and more prominently displayed logo during conference
  • Preferred choice of location of your company materials on designated sponsor table
  • Special recognition from the podium
  • Complimentary admissions to conference: Breaks: 2  / Lunch: 3
  • Basic exhibit table top with tablecloth and two chairs

For sponsorship information: 916-583-8015

Become an Exhibitor

For exhibitor information: 916-583-8015


Monday, January 20th

8:00 - 8:30            Registration and Premium Continental Breakfast


8:30 - 8:40            Welcome and Opening Remarks

Russ Teall, President, California Biodiesel Alliance / President & Founder, Biodico Sustainable Biorefineries


8:40 - 9:00            State of the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) Union

Curtis Wright, Chairman, California Biodiesel Alliance / Biotane Fuels Division Manager, IWP


9:00 - 10:00          Feedstock Development in California

Russ Teall, Biodico

California has great potential to develop feedstocks from purpose grown energy crops and other sources. State agencies, California universities, and industry are working separately and collaboratively and using exciting cutting edge science in a range of strategies.

·         Stephen Kaffka, Director, California Biomass Collaborative, University of California, Davis

Biomass Crop Adoption Model

·         Stephen Mayfield, Director, San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, UC San Diego
Developments in Algae R&D for Biofuels

·         Andre Basbaum, Director, Global Corporate Development, SG Biofuels
Enabling the Feedstock Market through Biotechnology

-      Gary Banuelos, : Plant/Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Water Management Research Unit, adjunct professor, CSU Fresno
Brassica Research

·         Alan Weber, Founding Partner, MARC IV Consulting
Biodiesel Feedstock Research Priorities



10:00 - 10:15       Break


10:15 - 12:30       California’s Regulatory Environment

The biodiesel industry has achieved recognition from state agencies for our work with them in bringing biodiesel to market in California. This panel will provide an overview of how far we’ve come and what lies ahead for key programs of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC).


                CARB: 10:15 - 11:35

Moderator: Eric Bowen, VP, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs, REG

§  Mike Waugh, Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, CARB

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

§  Jim Aguila, Manager, Substance Evaluation Section, ARB

Alternative Diesel Regulation (ADF)

§  Dayne Delahoussaye, Legal Counsel & Regulatory Affairs Manager (USA & Canada), Neste Oil


CEC: 11:40 - 12:30  

Moderator: Joe Gershen, Vice-Chairman, California Biodiesel Alliance / Member AB 118 Advisory Panel

§  Tim Olson, Office Manager, Transportation Energy Office, CEC

The Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR)

§  Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, CEC

AB 118’s Alternative & Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Program Funding (ARFVTP)

§  Virgil Welch, Special Counsel to CARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols
AB 32 Cap & Trade Program


12:30 - 1:00         Networking Lunch


1:00 - 1:30         Keynote Speaker

                               RADM Len Hering Sr., USN (ret); Executive Director, California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE)


1:30 - 2:30            Federal Issues Overview

Moderator: Jennifer Case, Treasurer, California Biodiesel Alliance / CEO, New Leaf Biofuel

·         Joe Jobe, CEO, National Biodiesel Board

·         Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs, National Biodiesel Board


2:30 - 3:30            California Infrastructure

Moderator: Dave Williamson, Principal, Orange Diesel

Working with state agencies, the biodiesel industry has made important progress in addressing significant infrastructural challenges in California. Industry is making blending possible on a wide scale, but there is more to be done.

·         Laura S. Fisher, Chief, UST Technical Unit State Water Resources Control Board

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Regulations and UL Testing

·         Doug Meyers, Director, Business Development, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners

How the LCFS is Driving KM's Biofuels Infrastructure Investment Decisions
in California
West Coast ULSD Distribution and Biodiesel Infrastructure Investment

·         Jorge Parra, Regional Operations Manager - South, Propel Fuels

Retail Fueling Infrastructure

·         Allan Morrison, Fuels and Lubricant Laboratory, CDFA, Division of Measurement Standards

Division of Measurement Standards Regulations and Programs


3:30 - 3:45            Break


3:45 - 4:45            Feedstock Issues: Grease Theft and Feedstock Characterization

Moderator: Doug Smith, Baker Commodities 

California is unique is producing most of its biodiesel from recycled sources. As used cooking oil has increased in value, grease theft has become a costly problem. This panel will discuss the problem, what’s being done about it, and how to understand the true characteristics of your feedstock once you have it.

·  David Isen, Asset Protection Manager, Imperial Western Products, Inc

Grease Theft Overview
- Paul Roos, Special Investigator, Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety, California Department of Food and Agriculture
         IKG Regulations and Enforcement
D.O. "Spike" Helmick, Jr., California Highway Patrol, Commissioner, Retired
       Grease Theft from a Law Enforcement Perspective: Current and Future Regulations and Reporting
Christina Borgese and Marc Privitera , PreProcess, Inc.
       Raw Material Characterization; Technology Development and Scale Up; Instrumentation
       and Controls; Biodiesel Process Engineering


4:45 - 5:00            Update on Economic and Environmental Analysis of LCFS

                                Philip Sheehy, Technical Specialist, ICF International
California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Progress, Compliance, and Economic Impacts


5:00 - 6:00            Open CBA Meeting: Conference Attendees Welcome!


7:00 - 9:00            Joint CBA/NBB Reception: Pay at the door or when you register online.