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.”