As Congress and the Biden administration place new wagers on electric vehicles, sustainable aviation fuel and clean power, is the Renewable Fuel Standard program still a sure bet? With a bank roll of an estimated 144 million tons of carbon emission reductions over the past decade, can our industry not only stay at the table, but up the ante over the next decade? Our expert panel will help the industry navigate the tables in D.C. and discuss what the RFS “reset” in 2023 really means for the next decade.
National Biodiesel Board Chairman
Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
Chad Stone is Senior Vice President, Commercial Performance for Renewable Energy Group. Stone oversees the organization’s commercial optimization, terminals, transportation and operational scheduling activities along with feedstock procurement and international business operations. He has served as a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago and Cincinnati, focusing primarily in the energy and utilities industry, as well as a manager at Arthur Andersen in the Chicago office. He currently serves as Chairman for the National Biodiesel Board. Stone holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Iowa.
Hon. Byron Dorgan
Former Senator Dorgan served in the U.S. Senate leadership for 16 years as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee. He now serves as Co-Chair, along with Congressman Phil English, of Arent Fox’s Government Relations practice.
Hon. John Shimkus
Former Congressman John Shimkus served 24 years as the Representative from the 15th District of Illinois. He was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, serving as Chairman and then Republican Leader of its Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee.
Eric Washburn of Winward Strategies worked as a Senate staffer for 10 years, serving as legislative director for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, senior advisor to Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Before joining Massie Partners, Tara Billingsley served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President, where she was President Obama’s interface with Congress on energy, the environment, and related issues. Her White House assignment followed a decade of work in the Senate, where she was a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Vice President of Federal Affairs
National Biodiesel Board
As Vice President of Federal Affairs, Kurt Kovarik leads the National Biodiesel Board’s members in advocating federal policies that support the industry’s growth. Since joining NBB, Kurt has helped the industry secure a long-term extension of the biodiesel tax incentive, preserve important protections against unfair international trade, and ensure the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Kurt continues to organize the industry’s advocacy for equitable tax, infrastructure, and environmental policies.
Prior to joining NBB, Kurt worked for more than 20 years in the office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), leading efforts on the Renewable Fuel Standard, the biodiesel tax incentive, and increased use of biofuels. An Iowa native, Kurt graduated from Luther College with a degree in political science.