A Fuel Retailer’s Lunch and Learn: Biofuels Opportunities and Options

A Luncheon for Fuel Retailers June, 17 2015
Hosted by Indiana Corn Growers and Indiana Soybean Alliance

ALERT: Infrastructure Grants Available – limited Time – Attend the luncheon to learn how to apply!

Don’t miss your opportunity to network with industry peers and biofuel experts that will share detailed information on biodiesel and ethanol blends from B2 to B100 and E15 – E85 respectfully.

Attendees will be guided through the considerations, options and next steps to determine if adding biofuel blends to your fuel portfolio makes sense for your company and the market you serve.

Topics include:

  • Understanding dispensing equipment requirements
  • Finding the lowest cost supplier
  • Capturing available incentives

8425 Keystone Crossing, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN. 46240



11:00 Registration

11:30 Lunch

12:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ken Parrent, Indiana Corn and Indiana Soybean Organizations
Kellie Walsh, Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition

12:30 John Meyer, L D Commodities
Biodiesel Blends B2 – B20: What fuel retailers need to know before dispensing.

1:15 Robert White, Renewable Fuels Association
Market & Profit Opportunities for Ethanol: What a fuel retailer needs to know to market a higher ethanol blend, from E-15 to E-85
Finding the lowest cost supplier
Understanding dispensing equipment requirements
Capturing available incentives

2:00 Funding Opportunities and Wrap Up


John Meyer, Senior Trader at Louis Dreyfus Commodities

John grew up in central Iowa and attended Grand View College and Drake University in Des Moines, IA

John has over 35 years in the grain business. He has managed grain elevators in IA, DE, and IL working for some of the major grain companies in the world. He is presently employed as a Senior Trader at the Louis Dreyfus soybean crushing plant and biodiesel plant in Claypool, IN. His principle focus has been on biodiesel and glycerin sales for the last 7 years. The Louis Dreyfus, Claypool plant is the largest fully integrated biodiesel plant in the U.S.

Recent Louis Dreyfus awards: Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition 2014 Stakeholder Award, Outstanding Leadership in Biodiesel Production and Quality Control Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce Dimensions of Excellence, presented annually to an Outstanding Industrial firm for its community contributions, January 2015.

John is married and has 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.

John’s interests include his cars, his grandchildren, and spending as much time as possible in Florida in the winter.

Robert White, Vice President of Industry Relations, RFA

As Vice President of Industry Relations, Robert White leads RFA’s various consumer education and marketing efforts. In addition to strengthening RFA’s visibility and managing its active market development team, Robert works with petroleum marketers and retailers, state and federal agencies, commercial fleets, and individual consumers to increase awareness about the benefits of ethanol and encourage greater development and use of renewable fuels.

Widely recognized as an expert on ethanol-related issues and the variations between ethanol-blended fuels, Robert frequently provides guidance and technical information to ethanol industry leaders. Currently, he acts as a key advocate for the Blend Your Own (BYO) Ethanol campaign, a joint effort by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and RFA to establish 5,000 blender pumps.


The Greater Indiana Clean Cities has become aware of a valuable opportunity offered by the IUPUI, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). IAC is a program funded by DOE to train energy efficiency engineers and to provide energy assessments by a team of well-trained engineering students led by a faculty member for qualified companies AT NO COST, Yes FREE!!

It is important to note; the free energy assessments are for manufacturing companies who are small businesses, less than 500 employees. If you fit this description you may want to consider this opportunity for your business.

Every company benefits from energy efficiency improvements. It reduces cost, increases product/service competitiveness, and preserves the environment. With minimal effort, a small manufacturing company, that meets the requirements, can receive recommendations for reducing energy cost.

For each company, the IAC will work on establishing baselines by conducting a one day on-site energy audit, and conducting a post-visit analysis. The process is confidential, at your discretion, simple, and does not interrupt productions. The audit team identifies opportunities to make your company more energy efficient by providing a detailed report of recommendations. The report fully explains the recommendations and provides potential savings with detailed calculations, estimated implementation costs and computations for payback times.

The Greater Indiana Clean Cities can also assist with putting you in contact with companies that provide the efficiency upgrades, and can even discuss opportunities for performance contracts, allowing payment for the upgrades to come from realized reductions in utility bills.

Historical data from DOE showed that, during the year of 2006-2011, 1,673 small and midsize companies had implemented the IAC recommendations, which resulted in $105M worth of energy savings and $24M worth of non-energy savings. The average saving per company is about $77,000 (28% of their energy cost) nationally. The average saving per company recommended by our center is about 30% of the energy cost. These savings directly adds to the company’s profit.

If you are interested in receiving the energy audit by IUPUI’s IAC program, please fill out the form for a qualification check. Once qualified, someone from the program will contact you and schedule the one-day energy audit.