Washington State Biodiesel Mandate Moves Forward

The State of Washington has House Bill 2664 in its Senate that would create a biofuel standard that includes biodiesel and ethanol, announced Chemical Consortium Holdings. When the bill comes into effect by December 1, 2008, it will require all diesels sold in the state to contain a minimum of 2% biodiesel and all gasoline to contain a minimum blend of 2.5% ethanol.

Dr. J. Greig, CEO of Chemical Consortium Holdings and consultant to the bill’s sponsor, Janea Holmquist (R-13th District, WA), has also been consulting with Governor Gregoire’s office on House Bill 2439, which creates a $25 million state investment fund to invest in biofuels projects such as feedstock and oilseed crushing. Following a study of the U.S. Department of Energy, it was found that Washington State consumes approximately 3.4 billion gallons of diesel annually. In 2008, in-state biodiesel use would top 68.2 million gallons. Furthermore, the U.S. military has mandates to use B-20 (a mixture of petroleum and 20% biodiesel) in all non-combat vehicles. The State of Washington houses three of the largest military bases in the U.S. Based on a case study completed by Greig, annual diesel use by the military in Washington exceeds 1.4 billion gallons and would therefore require another 280 million gallons of biodiesel annually. The four-stage biodiesel and ethanol production facility currently under development by Chemical Consortium Holdings (CCMH), a holding company for alternative fuel manufacturing assets, in SW Washington State is slated to produce up to 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually.
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