Connected Energy: Partnerships That Move Us Forward (Closing breakfast session)

Feb 8, 8:00 — 10:00 AM CST

Sponsored by Kinder Morgan Terminals.

As we enter a new era of awakening demand for clean fuels, we see the path to success is rarely traveled alone. We’ll explore the pivotal role of partnerships throughout the supply chain and how they help move the clean energy transformation forward. This will include hearing from ASTM – the premier standard-setting body in the world – on why the biodiesel standard is one of the most significant to date. Join us for this closing session that starts with a plated breakfast, and see how just like bacon and eggs, a great partnership can really sizzle!

Breakfast service at 8:00 a.m.


Jeff Grove

Vice President – Global Policy, Cooperation & Communications
ASTM International

Jeff Grove is the Vice President for Global Policy, Cooperation and Communications at ASTM International – a leading international organization that develops global standards and testing programs that help solve complex challenges and improve lives by making products and the environment better for all.

Based in Washington, D.C., Jeff is responsible for formulating public affairs and collaboration strategies and engaging the business community, policymakers and trade negotiators to promote a heightened awareness of the role of ASTM standards in regulations, trade and innovation. He oversees global affairs offices.

Prior to joining ASTM in 2004, Jeff was the Director of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Office of Public Policy in Washington, DC.  He also has held several positions working for the U.S. Congress, including serving as Staff Director for the House Committee on Science Subcommittee on Technology.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin (La Crosse) and a Master of Arts degree in International Commercial Policy from George Mason University in Virginia. He completed the 2002 Oxford Summer Residence Programme in Globalization and Trade at St. Peters College, University of Oxford, UK. Jeff resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Jennifer, and three boys.

Mike Devine

National Oilheat Research Alliance

Michael Devine serves as President of the National Oilheat Research Alliance. As a government-sanctioned “checkoff” program, NORA is funded by an excise tax on every gallon of heating oil sold and that money is carefully reinvested in research and education programs. Michael oversees the operations of NORA, which include Consumer & Professional Education, Energy Efficiency & Safety, and Research & Development. As the liquid heating fuel sector continues to evolve, Michael will help shepherd the transition to increasing the usage of renewable fuels as a more impactful approach to reducing the country’s dependence on foreign energy resources, lowering carbon emissions, providing comfort, and securing domestic jobs.

Michael comes to NORA after having served as part of the Senior Management Team at World Energy, where he developed key national accounts including FedEx, UPS, Chevron, Ryder, The Union Pacific Railroad and many others. Prior to his time at World Energy, Michael was the CEO of Earth Energy Alliance, which he founded in 2009, to assist the petroleum industry in reducing the carbon footprint of petroleum-based fuels by increasing the use of renewable liquid fuels. His company worked closely with renewable energy wholesalers, Bioheat distributors and the National Biodiesel Board (now Clean Fuels Alliance of America).

Michael began his career in his family’s heating oil business in Norwalk, Connecticut and over time began transitioning the heating oil business by blending biodiesel into heating oil in the early 2000s and gaining national media recognition as an early adopter and pioneer of Bioheat.  Michael served as a member of the NORA Board of Directors and additionally served member of the Governing Board of the Clean Fuels America Alliance, he and has been a positive and active voice in supporting the oilheat and liquid heating fuels industry for decades.

Roger Marran

Energy Kinetics

Roger Marran is president of Energy Kinetics, Inc., a Lebanon, New Jersey manufacturer of high efficiency integrated heat and hot water boilers for residential and commercial applications. He serves as chairman of the National Oilheat Research Alliance.

A recognized industry expert, Marran works directly with heating professionals, trade organizations, and efficiency experts to deliver energy efficient, reliable, and service friendly solutions that substantially reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions without sacrificing comfort. He advocates for the development of predictive energy efficiency models and more holistic approaches to compare the performance of various technologies.

Marran has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and an executive master’s degree in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology.

John Lovenburg

VP Environment & Sustainability

As vice president, Environment & Sustainability, John Lovenburg leads a team responsible for sustainability and climate change; energy and advanced energy innovation; environmental law; construction permitting, environmental field operations and engineering; remediation; and hazardous materials.

John is an industry leader in sustainable freight, including sustainable development, operations, innovation, governance, and markets. He leads BNSF’s Sustainable Freight Leadership Council. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Institute.

John has more than 30 years of environmental management experience and was previously with CH2M (now Jacobs) where he was vice president, global site remediation and revitalization. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geology, University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Science in hydrogeology, San Diego State University.

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages.

Todd Ellis

VP Sales & Marketing
Chevron REG

For more than 20 years, Todd Ellis has been a leader in business development for leading low carbon fuels companies. He leads the strategic planning and sales management for the marketing, wholesale and downstream, emerging channels and co-products sales teams along with the operations services and customer support for Chevron Renewable Energy Group.

Ellis has been instrumental in many facets of the biofuels value chain including sales and marketing, feedstock procurement, project development, mergers and acquisitions, bio-based diesel market expansion, public policy initiatives, strategic business development, regulatory affairs, risk management, customer service and educational outreach. He has worked with federal, state, and provincial policy makers on a range of issues affecting biofuels policies and market incentives, creating strong market demand for bio-based diesel.

Ellis currently serves as Vice Chairman for Advanced Biofuels Canada and a Board Director for CalBio Gas LLC and the Clean Fuels Foundation. He holds an Executive M.B.A from the University of Iowa, a M.A. from Antioch University and B.A from Fort Lewis College. He enjoys spending his free time in the mountains, rivers, oceans, lakes and bike trails throughout the US with his wife and three daughters.

Lori Dunn

Chief Operating Officer
Optimus Technologies

Lori is the COO of Optimus Technologies which decarbonizes heavy-duty fleets. As a recognized leader in climatetech sales and growth, she has worked with established companies and franchises to manage and reduce electric costs with smart energy platforms and demand response. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and winner of a Factor8 award in Sales Leadership. She holds a BA from California State University – Fullerton and an M.A. in Sustainability & M.A. in Conflict from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Lori has a passion for developing and mentoring up-and-coming talent and hiking with her dog.

Rich Iverson

Fleet Support Manager for the City of Ames
Fleet Services Department

Rich Iverson is the Fleet Support Manager for The City of Ames, Iowa. He began his position with the City in March of 2010, and from day one, he has been dedicated to improving sustainability and reducing the fleet’s carbon footprint.

Despite the challenges posed by a growing fleet, Ames successfully decreased the fleet’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 4% annually between 2013 and 2018. This achievement was made possible through strategic initiatives such as purchasing higher efficiency and alternative-fuel vehicles.

A significant milestone was reached in 2019 when Rich spearheaded the City’s B100 Pilot Project. Collaborating with Chevron Renewable Energy Group (CREG) and Optimus Technologies, Rich played a crucial role in forming a unique partnership between the City, CREG, and Optimus. This collaboration supported the B100 Pilot Project, enabling the use of 100% pure soy biodiesel year-round in the City’s heavy trucks. In just 24 months, this invaluable partnership helped the City of Ames offset its diesel carbon emissions by 25% annually. The City’s climate action plan underscores increased biodiesel use as an immediate and cost-effective solution for reducing GHG emissions.

Prior to his tenure with the City of Ames, Rich served as the Manager of Terminal Operations at Union Pacific. Before joining Union Pacific, he worked for Aquila Commodities Group, where he scheduled natural gas pipeline shipments.

Rich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics from Iowa State University.


Heather Buechter

Director of Communications
Clean Fuels

Heather serves as Director of Communications for Clean Fuels Alliance America, responsible for supporting efforts to continue to grow the biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industry and share our vision, leading efforts to craft and share messages on the industry’s plans to move from 3 to 6 billion gallons by 2030, as well as promoting Clean Fuels Alliance America and the members it serves.

Before joining Clean Fuels Alliance America, Heather was the Director of Communications for the Missouri Catholic Conference. After earning a B.A. in Communication from the University of Arkansas, she spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist. Heather, an Arkansas native, brings extensive experience crafting stories that invoke change, building community relationships and adapting to changing demands.

Room: Conference Central-Omni Texas Ballroom

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