California bill would mandate biodiesel use

| 8/3/2006

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 economically feasible.

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