Deal Me In: Which States Sit at the Carbon Reduction Table and Who Wants in?

Jan 18 — 3:15 PM-4:30 PM PST

States are increasingly going all in on implementing new or expanded carbon reduction policies. Many of them involve or have major impacts on biodiesel and renewable diesel markets. This knowledgeable state governmental affairs panel will explore how states have succeeded with these carbon reduction policies, which states are likely to join the table next, what challenges those states face and which policies have good odds on making a winning hand at the state level!


Floyd Vergara

Director of State Governmental Affairs
National Biodiesel Board

Floyd Vergara serves as the Director of State Governmental Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. In this capacity, he manages the West Coast office in Sacramento, CA, and manages a team of professionals responsible for government affairs in all 50 states.

Before joining NBB, Floyd served as Chief and Assistant Chief in the Industrial Strategies Division and Research Division at the California Air Resources Board. With over three decades of experience at CARB, his expertise includes the Low Carbon Fuels Standard, climate change and air quality programs, renewable and conventional fuels, environmental justice, and other environmental issues. Floyd is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a licensed attorney with a JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Jeff Earl

Director of State Regulatory Affairs
National Biodiesel Board

Jeff Earl serves as the Director of State Regulatory Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. Earl is a new addition to the association’s state regulatory staff, led by Floyd Vergara in Sacramento, and Stephen Dodge in Boston. He will serve the industry from NBB’s headquarters in Jefferson City, Missouri, covering the Midwest states on behalf of the association.

As the director of state regulatory affairs, Earl will engage in technical analysis of issues associated with biodiesel and represent the interests of NBB’s members to state regulatory bodies, legislatures and environmental organizations.

Earl comes to NBB from the Office of Missouri Governor, where he held the position of legislative director. Previously, he served in leadership positions with the Department of Corrections and Office of the State Auditor. Earl holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and mass communications from Southeast Missouri State University.

Michael Trunzo

Director of Government Affairs
Shenker, Russo & Clark

Michael is the Director of Government Affairs at Shenker, Russo & Clark LLP. At SRC, Michael has contributed to numerous state laws, including policies to provide tax incentives for Bioheat and for reducing the carbon footprint of heating oil by requiring 5% Bioheat in “downstate” New York counties.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael led Northeast Public Affairs LLC, a government affairs firm he founded to serve clients in New York, New England and Washington, D.C.  Michael was also President and CEO of the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI), representing the interests of the home heating industry throughout New England.

Earlier in his career, Michael served as Secretary and Chief of Staff to the New York Lt. Governor under the Pataki Administration and held high-level staff positions in the New York State Senate and Assembly.

Fred Ghatala

Director for Carbon and Sustainability
Advanced Biofuels Canada

Fred Ghatala is the Director for Carbon and Sustainability of Advanced Biofuels Canada, a national industry association established to promote the production and use of advanced biofuels in Canada. ABFC members are global leaders in commercial production of advanced biofuels and technology development, with over 15 billion litres of installed annual production capacity worldwide. Fred leads ABFC’s work to establish biofuel carbon value, lifecycle analyses in regulations, sector engagement in sustainability initiatives, and expanding advanced biofuel use into aviation and marine sectors. Fred has 15 + years of experience in the Canadian renewable fuels sector and is a partner of Waterfall Group, a Vancouver based consulting business established in 2011.


Stephen Dodge

Director of State Regulatory Affairs
National Biodiesel Board

Steve Dodge serves as the Director of State Regulatory Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. In this role, he engages in technical analysis of issues associated with biodiesel and renewable diesel, and represent the interests of NBB’s members to state regulatory bodies, state legislatures, and state environmental organizations. Housed on the East Coast, his primary focus is on advancing state and regional policy efforts for biodiesel, renewable diesel, and Bioheat® fuel home heating oil in the Northeast.

Previously, Steve held positions as the American Petroleum Institute’s Executive Director and Associate Director of the Massachusetts/New England Petroleum Council, Director of the Massachusetts Governor’s legislative office, and other staff positions in the state department of revenue and state legislature.

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