A bill that would have required all renewable diesel sold in
for use in
internal combustion engines to contain biodiesel has died.
Sponsored by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, the bill would have
required diesel to include at least 2 percent biodiesel by Jan. 1, 2008, and at
least 5 percent biodiesel by Jan. 1, 2010. Consumers in the state currently use
more than 3 billion gallons of diesel annually.
Assembly lawmakers voted 41-31 to reject the bill – SB1675. The Senate
previously approved it.
The measure would have permitted the California Air Resources Board to
grant exemptions to those requirements if it finds 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 have been allowed to temporarily suspend those
requirements if fuel supplies are shown to be inadequate.
Kehoe can renew her push for increased biodiesel use during the session
that begins in December.