Robert Renkes, executive vice president and general counsel for the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI, www.pei.org), co-presented a webinar on July 26, 2007, entitled “Biofuels Infrastructure.” The purpose of the webinar was to provide an overview of the current state of the biofuels infrastructure to the commercial trade service executives at the Department of Commerce and Office of Energy and Environmental Industries within the United States government. In addition to the overview, Renkes, along with fellow co-presenter Jeff Hazle of the National Petroleum Refiners Association (NPRA, www.npradc.org), educated attendees on the implications and outlook the biofuels infrastructure will have on global trade for fueling-station and dispensing equipment.
The “Biofuels Infrastructure” webinar included representatives from the United States, Chile, Columbia, Germany, France, and Brazil. Renkes was invited to co-present the discussion by the International Trade Administration within the Department of Commerce as a result of a presentation he gave on June 19, 2007, in Washington, D.C., at the Department of Commerce’s Biofuels Conference. Renkes’ presentation from the June 19 conference can be downloaded at www.ita.doc.gov/td/energy/pei_renkes.pdf.