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Cal DGS Requires Renewable Diesel

December 11, 2015 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Directive Covering Bulk Diesel Buys Issued Wednesday

California’s Department of General Services advised state fuel buyers this week that henceforth they are to purchase renewable diesel fuel, “defined as a diesel fuel that is produced from nonpetroleum renewable resources but is not a mono-alkyl ester.” FAME biodiesel – conventional fatty acid methyl ester – fuel is thus ineligible. updated with Caltrans photo on December 16


Click image or here for the DGS management memo (direct PDF link)

Click image or here for the DGS management memo (direct PDF link)

“State agencies shall purchase state-contracted renewable diesel fuel, in lieu of conventional diesel and biodiesel fuels, when making bulk purchases of fuel for diesel powered vehicles and/or equipment,” states the Wednesday management memo (number 15-07) from DGS.

Half the Carbon Intensity

“As an alternative fuel derived from nonpetroleum based stock and possessing a total carbon intensity of half, or less, than that of traditional diesel fuels, renewable diesel serves as a viable fuel option to help the state meet the above statutory requirements and [Governor Jerry Brown’s goals as outlined in Executive Order] B-30-15,” wrote DGS Office of Fleet and Asset Management assistant chief Renee Carroll.

The order is to remain in force “until rescinded.”

Caltrans and other state vehicle are heretofore to use renewable diesel fuel. Photo via hankstruckpictures.com courtesy Ryan E. Pedrone

All Caltrans and other state vehicles are heretofore to use renewable diesel fuel. Photo via hankstruckpictures.com courtesy Ryan E. Pedrone


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Source: California DGS with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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