2022 National Ethanol Conference

National Ethanol Conference 2022

The National Ethanol Conference (NEC) is the most widely attended executive-level conference for the ethanol industry. Since 1996, the Renewable Fuels Association’s NEC has been recognized as the ethanol conference for the latest, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry. With numerous networking opportunities, more business meetings are conducted and contacts made at this conference than at any other ethanol conference.

From emerging technologies and new uses to opportunities in global carbon reduction policies, market insights, and international and domestic marketplace developments, there is much to learn and experience at RFA’s 27th Annual National Ethanol Conference: Zeroing in on New Opportunities.

This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast.

News Releases

Study: Ethanol Industry Strongly Rebounded in 2021, Supported Over 400,000 Jobs
New Study: Corn Ethanol Can Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Well Before 2050
RFA’s 2022 Ethanol Industry Outlook Zeroes in on New Opportunities
RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol has Historic Opportunity to Cut Carbon, Lower Fuel Prices
RFA Salutes National Corn Growers Association With 2022 Industry Award


Pre Conference Activities Photo Album

2022 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album


Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper previews the NEC in this edition of The Ethanol Report.
Ethanol Report 1-31-22 (11:01)

State of the Ethanol Industry Address – RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper
NEC22 RFA CEO Geoff Cooper Industry address (29:16)
NEC22 RFA CEO Geoff Cooper press conference (23:57)

Welcome by RFA Board Chairperson Jeanne McCaherty, Guardian Energy Management, LLC.
NEC22 RFA Chair Jeanne McCaherty welcome (7:09)
NEC22 RFA Chair Jeanne McCaherty interview (3:54)

Sarah Dunham – Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA
NEC22 remarks from Sarah Dunham, EPA (24:47)

To Net-Zero… and Beyond panel –
Geoff Cooper(Moderator)Renewable Fuels Association, President & CEO
Isaac Emery(Speaker)Informed Sustainability Consulting, Founder & Principal Consultant
Mark Heckman(Speaker)EcoEngineers, Senior Regulatory Consultant
Jake Joraanstad(Speaker)Bushel, CEO
Matt Vining(Speaker)Navigator CO2, Chief Executive Officer
NEC22 Net-Zero panel (1:20:17)

New Study: Corn Ethanol Can Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Well Before 2050 – Isaac Emery, Ph.D., of Informed Sustainability Consulting LLC
NEC22 Isaac Emery, Net Zero study (13:26)

Retailer Roundtable: The Future of Refueling
Robert White(Moderator)Renewable Fuels Association, Vice President of Industry Relations
Eric Fobes(Speaker)Pilot Company, SIGMA, NATSO, Head Trader, Ethanol
Glenn Hasken(Speaker)Molo Petroleum, COO
Doug Kantor(Speaker)NACS, General Counsel
NEC22 Retailer Roundtable (57:36)

Luncheon speaker – Pablo Di Si, Executive Chairman, Volkswagen Latin America
NEC22 Pablo Di Si, Volkswagen (22:57)

Revolution or Evolution? The Future of Mobility and Energy Markets – Bob McNally, Rapidan Energy Group, Founder & President
NEC22 Robert McNally, Rapidan Energy Group (22:42)

Partnerships and Progress: A Dialogue with Key Stakeholders
· Troy Bredenkamp, Senior VP, Government & Public Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association
· John Eichberger, Executive Director, Fuels Institute
· Jeremy Martin, Director of Fuels Policy & Senior Scientist, Clean Transportation Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
· Jim Massie, President and CEO, Jim Massie and Partners, LLC
· Julia Rege, Vice President, Energy & Environment, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
· Anne Steckel, Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
NEC22 Stakeholders panel (57:10)

Exploring Opportunities for New Uses
Kelly Davis, Vice President, Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association
Nathan DeFord, Power Systems Market Research, John Deere
John Hannon, Chief Operating Officer, Vertimass LLC
Dr. Christian Librera, Senior VP, Clariant
NEC22 New Uses Panel (51:31)

Ethanol’s Next Generation: Developing an Effective Workforce
· Jackie Hayes, Director of Business Development & Client Relations, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at SIUE
· Danci Baker, CFO, Ringneck Energy
· Janet Fisher, Enzyme Product Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
· Mick Henderson, General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC
· Anthony Leiding, President, Trenton Agri Products LLC
· Nick Pirotte, Senior Manager, RSM US LLP
NEC22 Young Professionals Panel (53:25)

RFA Salutes National Corn Growers Association With 2022 Industry Award
RFA Industry Award (9:12)

USDA Secretary Tom Vilack video address
Secy Vilsack address (4:53)

Ethanol Takes Flight with Sustainable Aviation Fuels
Geoff Cooper, RFA President & CEO
William Collings, 1898
Steve Csonka, CAAFI
Jimmy Samartzis, LanzaJet, Chief Executive Officer
Tim Cesarek, Gevo, Chief Commercial Officer
NEC22 Sustainable Aviation Fuel panel (1:19:36)

Post-COVID Global Ethanol Markets: The Outlook for Trade
Ed Hubbard(Moderator)Renewable Fuels Association, General Counsel and VP, Government Affairs
Evandro Gussi(Speaker)Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association – UNICA, Presidente and CEO
Daniel Whitley(Speaker)Foreign Agricultural Service, Administrator
NEC22 Outlook for Trade panel (1:13:25)

Interview with Jean Claude Mbarushimana, Virginia Tech Grad Student, one of seven NEC scholarship winners
Jean Claude Mbarushimana, NEC scholarship winner (2:49)

Interview with Scott Richman, RFA Chief Economist, on new studies
Corn Ethanol Can Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Well Before 2050
Ethanol Industry Strongly Rebounded in 2021
RFA Economist Scott Richman (5:01)

Ethanol Report on 2022 NEC – Includes comments from Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper, Chairperson Jeanne McCaherty of Guardian Energy, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality Director Sarah Dunham, lifecycle analysis expert Isaac Emery, Volkswagen Latin America’s Pablo Di Si, author and energy consultant Bob McNally, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Lanzajet CEO Jimmy Samartzis, GEVO Chief Commercial Officer Tim Cesarek, and National Corn Growers Association president Chris Edgington.
Ethanol Report 2-25-22 (18:30)

Brownfield Ag News Coverage of 2022 NEC