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
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