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
“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The order is to remain in force “until rescinded.”
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Source: California DGS with Fleets & Fuels follow-up