More states consider requiring alternative fuels

| 2/6/2006

Add Illinois and Kansas to the growing list of states considering legislation requiring alternative fuels.

Illinois legislators are considering a bill that, if passed, would require the state government to purchase vehicles that can run on ethanol and other alternative fuels.

Meanwhile, in Kansas, the legislature is looking at a measure that would require all gasoline sold in the state to be a 10 percent ethanol blend and all diesel to be a 2 percent biodiesel blend.

The Ottawa Daily Times, an Ottawa, IL-based newspaper, reported that the Illinois bill passed the Illinois House on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and is currently up for review before the Senate.

The bill would require the state to purchase vehicles that are either hybrids or are ethanol or biodiesel compatible. Police squad cars would be exempted from the legislation.

The Topeka Capitol-Journal reported that the Kansas legislation is part of a 16-bill energy package recommended by the state’s Select Joint Committee on Energy in mid-January.

If passed, the switch would have to be made by 2010.

The committee also made several other biodiesel-related recommendations, including giving producers a 30-cent per gallon incentive and encouraging the Kansas Turnpike Authority to require the sale of biofuels at service stations on the toll road, The Capitol-Journal reported.