Illinois biodiesel bill sent to governor

| 6/15/2005

A bill that would promote the use of biodiesel in Illinois is on its way to Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s desk.

House and Senate lawmakers have given their approval to a bill – HB112 – that would require any government-owned diesel vehicle in the state to use a 2 percent biodiesel blend but only under certain conditions. For example, use of the blend is required only if the state vehicle is fueling at a bulk, central fueling facility, and if it is fueling at a location where the blend is available.

The bill allows governments in Illinois to use a fuel with a higher percentage of biodiesel if “the engine is designed or retrofitted to operate on a higher percentage of biodiesel or on ultra low sulfur fuel.”

Experts have told Land Line that fuel meeting the federal standard for biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine without modification.

If signed into law, it will take effect July 1, 2006. It would apply to “any diesel-powered vehicle owned or operated by this state, any county or unit of local government, any school district, any community college or public college or university, or any mass transit agency.”