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21st Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC)

National Ethanol Conference 2016

The National Ethanol Conference (NEC) is the most widely attended executive level conference for the ethanol industry.  This year’s program will highlight how ethanol’s high octane content is driving demand for the fuel both domestically and abroad.  With a 113 octane rating, ethanol is the highest rated performance fuel in the market and keeps today’s engines running smoothly.  Tomorrow’s down-sized, high-compression engines will require higher octane choices at the pump.  Ethanol and higher level ethanol blends are uniquely poised to help automakers and consumers alike achieve stricter fuel economy and emissions requirements at a reduced cost.

With numerous networking opportunities, more business meetings are conducted and contacts made at this conference than any other ethanol conference. Read More

Click HERE to see which of your colleagues have already registered to attend NEC 2016.

Networking Opportunities

Build key industry relationships.

International Buyers Program

Participate in this exclusive program for U.S. companies interested in exporting product overseas or expanding sales to new markets. Read More

Government Policies

Learn the latest information on issues affecting the industry to be prepared.

Business Development

Conduct business with high value domestic and international industry customers and clients under one roof.



Sponsorships Cultivate ROI

Becoming a sponsor of the 21st Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC) is one of the most effective ways you can connect your business with industry leaders. Access the Sponsor Prospectus below to view the available opportunities.  Contact Mary Giglio, 202-315-2466  – Thank You 2016 Sponsors!

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2016 Speakers, Moderators & Hosts


John Hofmeister

Citizens for Affordable Energy


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Registration >>>

4:00 P - 7:00 P

Celestin Foyer, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


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7:00 A - 7:00 P

Celestin Foyer, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Fluid Quip Process Technologies >>>

Jack Nicklaus created eighteen unique, championship holes surrounded by an expansive waterway. At English Turn Golf & Country Club each hole is different.   There was no architectural cookie cutter here, and no holes designed merely to divide residential areas. Each English Turn hole challenges you with its own personality.

7:00A - 3:00P

One Clubhouse Drive New Orleans, LA 70131


Fluid Quip Process Technologies was founded in 2012, has provided separation and grind equipment for the corn wet milling and pulp and paper industries for over 25 years. FQPT leverages years of corn wet milling experience to provide value-added technologies to the dry-grind corn ethanol industry.

Networking Day Tour, WWII Museum, Emeril’s and City Tour >>>

Tour the National WWII Museum, featuring moving personal stories, powerful interactive exhibits, 4-D cinematic experience and iconic artifacts.  Enjoy lunch at Emeril Lagasse’s famed flagship restaurant, housed in a renovated pharmacy warehouse. The day ends with a driving tour of New Orleans landmarks that highlight the rich history and culture of the city.  

8:30A - 3:30 P

945 Magazine Street New Orleans LA 70130

RFA PAC Auction (RFA Members Only) >>>

5:00P – 6:00P


Welcome Reception, sponsored by Fagen, Inc. >>>

6:00 P - 7:30 P

Storyville Hall, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


Fagen is the largest, most respected green energy design-builder in the United States. Ron Fagen, the Chairman of the Board, has been involved in industrial construction since 1974.

Registration >>>

6:30 A - 6:00 P

Celestin Foyer, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


Continental Breakfast, sponsored by CoBank/FCSA >>>

7:00 A - 8:00 A

Enogen Solutions Quarter, Storyville Hall


Randall Doyal

Welcome Remarks >>>


Celestin Ballroom

About Randall Doyal

Bob Dinneen

State of the Industry Address >>>

RFA President’s annual remarks on the condition of the U.S. ethanol industry and outlining the association’s priorities and agenda for the coming year.

08:10A - 08:45A

Celestin Ballroom

About Bob Dinneen

Bob Dinneen is President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

John Hofmeister

Keynote Address: John Hofmeister >>>


Celestin Ballroom

About John Hofmeister

Mr. Hofmeister is the former president of the Shell Oil Company, and authored the book Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider.

High Octane Means High Performance >>>

An informative discussion about ethanol’s benefits as a high octane fuel source for today’s vehicles, as well as future advanced engine technologies.

9:15A – 10:30A

Celestin Ballroom



Morning Refreshment Break, sponsored by CHS >>>

10:30 A - 11:00 A

Enogen Solutions Quarter, Storyville Hall

About TBA


Government Industry Conversation About the Future of U.S. Biofuels Policy >>>

Speakers will discuss how evolving fuel policies, such as the RFS, Low Carbon Fuel Standards and possible new octane standards, present both challenges and opportunities to industry in making sound business decisions.

11:00 A - 12:15 P

Celestin Ballroom


Tom Kloza

Energy Markets Outlook, Tom Kloza, Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) >>>

Leading analyst will discuss the outlook for the ethanol, oil, and natural gas markets.


Celestin Ballroom

About Tom Kloza

Tom Kloza is Global Head of Energy Analysis for OPIS.

Luncheon >>>

12:30P - 1:45 P

Empire Ballroom


Matthew Willcox

Marketing Ethanol: Getting Inside the Consumer’s Head >>>

2:00P – 2:45P

Celestin Ballroom

About Matthew Willcox

Matthew Willcox is the Executive Director of the Institute of Decision Making.

Why Some Marketers Choose to Sell E15 and Flex-Fuels, and Others Don’t >>>

Hear first-hand on the regulatory and marketplace environment presented by higher ethanol blends.


Celestin Ballroom


Afternoon Refreshment Break >>>

3:30 P - 4:00 P

Enogen Solutions Quarter (Storyville Hall)


Opportunities for Ethanol Export in Key Target Markets >>>

Experts from the target markets of the International Buyer Program (Brazil, China, India, Mexico and the Philippines) will provide detailed information on export opportunities for the U.S. ethanol industry and the policy environment in these markets.

4:00P – 5:15P

Celestin Ballroom


Networking Reception >>>

5:30 P - 7:00 P


Registration Open >>>

6:30A – 12:00P

Celestin Foyer, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


Continental Breakfast, Sponsored by CVEC >>>

7:30A – 8:30A

Enogen Solutions Quarter, Storyville Hall


High Octane Fuels: Economic & Environmental Benefits >>>

Experts will present a macro picture of the economic and environmental advantages of ethanol as a high octane fuel both domestically and abroad.

8:30A – 10:00A

Celestin Ballroom


Refreshment Break >>>

10:00 A - 10:30 A

Enogen Solutions Quarter, Storyville Hall


U.S. Department of Commerce: A Partner for Ethanol Export Promotion


Celestin Ballroom


Global Marketing and Logistics Trends, Opportunities and Challenges >>>

Leading exporters will discuss their outlook for the global consumption of ethanol.

11:00A – 12:00P

Celestin Ballroom


Closing Remarks >>>


Celestin Ballroom


International Matchmaking and Networking >>>

U.S. exporters that have registered for matchmaking under the International Buyer Program will be provided space to hold one-on-one meetings with potential buyers and partners from Brazil, India, Mexico, China, and the Philippines. Registration deadline is December 31.

12:00 P - 5:00 P



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Networking Day Tour


NEC Annual Golf Tournament

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Spouse Tour


Experience the Big Easy in style at an award-winning, AAA Four Diamond hotel.

Hyatt Regency - New Orleans

601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
4.9 mi / 7.9 km from Downtown

More Hotel Info


The conference has negotiated a special NEC room rate of $239/night.

To take advantage of the NEC room rate, you must first register to attend the conference. You will then receive a confirmation email with a link to the Hyatt Regency’s website to book your room.

Discounted room rate expires January 22, 2016 so act quickly!








Registration for the NEC is accepted online ONLY.

*pricing increases by $100 after Jan. 22, 2016

*Extra Early Bird Special – Extended!

Register by December 4, 2015 and you will receive the following:

  • An invitation to participate in an exclusive webinar on the 2016 presidential campaign with a focus on candidates’ positions on ethanol issues.  The webinar will take place on January 14, 2016. 
  • Entry into a drawing to win a complimentary Executive Suite upgrade
  • Entry into a drawing to receive a complimentary registration to NEC 2017

Registration Questions? 

Please direct all questions about registration to, or call Stone Fort Group at 832-653-4046.

Cancellation Policy

All refund requests must be submitted in writing to There is a $100 processing fee for all cancellations. No refunds will be granted after January 22, 2016.

Media Registration 

The registration fee is waived for official members of the media.  Click here to complete the registration form and submit the requested credentials.  Questions can be directed to Tony Jackson, Communications Director.

RFA Membership

Please visit for more information about membership benefits.  Questions can be directed to Robert White.