The Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit brings together state legislators, agency staff, and industry executives to discuss the landscape of advanced fuel technologies, the latest policy developments in California and beyond, and new policies that are needed.

Monday, February 27: Side Events

9:00 – 11:30 am: $1 Billion for California Commercial Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (A Briefing for Industry Executives – By Invitation)

A briefing on the California Public Utilities Commission “SB 350” proceeding, which has recently received proposals by the state’s three largest utilities to collectively invest more than $1 Billion in charging infrastructure, with a focus on medium and heavy duty vehicles—and which has been facilitated by CALSTART’s Commercial Electric Vehicle Working Group. We will discuss key procedures and issues in the public proceeding and how interested parties can get involved.

12:30 – 3:00 pm: Renewable Natural Gas in the San Joaquin Valley (A Roundtable with Industry Executives – By Invitation)

A roundtable for truck and bus fleet operators, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) distributors, and farms and other businesses that are sources of biogas. The forum will explore RNG production and the use of RNG by low NOx Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) in California’s San Joaquin Valley, focusing on the Valley’s RNG-to-NGV policy landscape, what is needed to profitably expand the production of local RNG for commercial vehicles, and how industry can work together to grow local RNG supply chains.

3:30 – 5:00 pm: Fuel Policy Briefing (Seminar for Legislative Staff – By Invitation)

A primer on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and related California key clean, low-carbon fuel policies for legislative staff.

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Reception

Reception with appetizers and drinks for all guests with an address by Kevin de Leon, President Pro Tem, California State Senate.

Tuesday, February 28: Main Program

7:15 – 8:15 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 – 8:50 am: Welcome and Opening Keynote

Welcome and recap on progress that California has made with low-carbon transportation fuel since 2006 and what we need to do now.

Keynote Speaker: Henry Stern, State Senator, California State Senate

8:50 – 9:30 am: The Landscape of Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels

Presentation on the current landscape of clean, low-carbon fuel and key barriers and opportunities looking ahead.

Speaker: John Boesel, President and CEO, CALSTART

9:30 – 10:45 am: New Developments in North America 

Discussion on recent developments with low carbon fuel policies in North America from the Pacific Coast Region to Canada, and what issues and opportunities the clean, low-carbon fuels industry faces with the Trump Administration.

Speakers: Mike Britt, Director of Maintenance & Engineering, UPS
Richard CoreyExecutive Officer, California Air Resources Board
Karen Hamberg, Vice President of Natural Gas Industry and Government Relations, Westport
John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART (Moderator)

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard After 2020 

What’s next for the world’s most ambitious low-carbon fuel policy – the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard – in light of passage of SB 32 and development of the 2020-30 climate change Scoping Plan.

Speakers: Neil Koehler, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Ethanol
Simon Mui, Director, California Vehicles and Fuels, Natural Resources Defense Council
Andrew Papson, Electric Bus Program Manager, Foothill Transit
Sam Wade, Chief, Transportation Fuel Branch, California Air Resources Board
Ryan Schuchard, Policy Director, CALSTART (Moderator)

12:00 – 12:30 pm: Keynote

Presentation on low-carbon fuels and energy security.

Speaker: Rocky Chávez, Assembly Member, California State Assembly

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch and Discussion on  Disadvantaged Communities

Lunch is served. Networking followed by high-level panel discussion on the benefits of low-carbon fuels and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for disadvantaged communities.

Speakers: Autumn Burke, Assembly Member, California State Assembly
Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART (Moderator)

1:30 – 2:45 pm: Technology Updates (Concurrent Panels)

#1 – The Potential for Advanced Liquid Biofuels

Overview of advances being made in the use of advanced liquid biofuels and the potential size of the market. Will include consideration of ARB’s draft regulation that would require 50% of truck fuel to be renewable by 2030.

Speakers: John Kasbaum, Senior Director, Strategy, Tesoro
Shelby Neal, Director of State Government Affairs, National Biodiesel Board
Pat O’Keefe, CEO & President, NeXgen Fuel
Jasna Tomic, Research Director, CALSTART (Moderator)

#2 – Renewable Natural Gas for Low NOx Trucks

Discussion about the options and opportunities for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) in commercial vehicles, with attention to current incentive programs and gaps that need to be addressed.

Speakers: Neil Black, President, California Bioenergy
Dan Goodwin, Vice President, Technical Marketing and Government Affairs, American Power Group
Ed Harte, Natural Gas Vehicle Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Tom Brotherton, Regional Director, CALSTART (Moderator)

2:45 – 3:00 pm: Break
3:00 – 3:15 pm: Technology Summary (Report-Out from Concurrent Panels)
3:15 – 4:30 pm: Call to Action 

A conversation about what types of public investments and activities will generate the greatest, longest-lasting bang for buck in communities that need it most. The discussion will include matching investments in production and distribution infrastructure, purchase incentives, market support activities, and removal of regulatory barriers.

Speakers: Nathan Crum, Executive Vice President, Valley Pacific Petroleum Services
Dayne Delahoussaye, Head of North American Public Affairs, Neste
Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Virginia Klausmeier, CEO/Founder, Sylvatex Inc.
Geri Yoza, National Manager, Toyota
Ryan Schuchard, Policy Director, CALSTART (Moderator)

4:30 – 5:00 pm: Closing Keynote 

Close with discussion on the next “big wins” that are needed for the clean, low-carbon fuels industry.

Speakers: Janea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission