A bill that would require all renewable diesel sold in California for use in internal combustion engines to contain biodiesel could be brought up
for consideration once lawmakers return to Sacramento on Monday, Aug. 7.
The Legislature must finish up its work before the regular session ends
later this month.
Sponsored by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, the bill is in a
California Assembly panel and would require diesel to include at least 2
percent biodiesel by Jan. 1, 2008, and at least 5 percent biodiesel fuel by
Jan. 1, 2010.
The measure would permit the California Air Resources Board to grant
exemptions to those requirements if it found that engine performance, engine
emissions, or both, would be adversely affected by the standards. The board
could also grant exemptions if it found that those standards are not
In addition, CARB would be allowed to temporarily suspend those
requirements if fuel supplies are shown to be inadequate.
The bill – SB1675 – is awaiting consideration in the Assembly
Appropriations Committee. The Senate already approved it.
All legislation must be approved by both chambers prior to the end of
the regular session, which is scheduled for Aug. 31.
– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor