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Current Developments in U.S. Biofuels Law

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Produced on April 16, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Advanced
Topics covered in this course: Environmental Oil, Gas, & Energy

Course Description

Biofuels is a regulatory-driven industry. At the federal level, biofuels are covered by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires fuel suppliers and importers to blend certain volumes of biofuels into their gasoline and diesel. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers the RFS and its decisions are frequently challenged in court by advocates of the biofuels and petroleum industries. 

This course, presented by attorney Corey Lavinsky, Director of Global Biofuels at S&P Global Platts Analytics, will present an overview of federal biofuels law, including the issues, regulations and cases that are shaping the industry. The program is designed to be simple enough for a novice to understand but with sufficient content to educate experienced practitioners of environmental, energy or oil/gas law.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine federal laws governing the biofuels industry
  2. Discuss EPA rule-making on hot-button issues such as year-round use of E15, small refinery hardship exemptions, and resetting biofuels mandates
  3. Review recent court decisions and their impact on the industry
  4. Explore the complex issues facing fuel suppliers and importers under the Renewable Fuel Standard

Credit Information

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Corey Lavinsky

S&P Global Platts

Corey Lavinsky is the Director of Global Biofuels at S&P Global Platts, where he is responsible for tracking and analyzing world biofuels markets. In June 2018, he testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce on the topic of Renewable Identification Numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard. He joined S&P Global Platts following its acquisition of PIRA Energy Group. Prior to joining PIRA in 2009, he was the CEO of Growthink Research, a market research firm that helped companies identify prospective investors and raise venture capital. He began his career as an attorney with Kilo & Flynn, P.C., a prestigious St. Louis law firm. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from Binghamton University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri, where he was a member of the Missouri Law Review.


Amy F.

Interesting subject matter for a CLE

James A.

Clear and well-organized. Good blend of rules and litigation.

Bernard M.

Excellent. Took a complex topic and made it understandable and interesting.

David B.

I’m a patent lawyer and a biofuels scientist (11 US patents). I really enjoyed the presentation.

Geoffrey W.

Very good high level discussion of a very complicated area.

Robert C.

Pretty interesting overview of a field that's new to me.

Steven K.

Presenter seems to be an expert in this area. Good instructor!

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