Biodiesel mandate dies in Colorado Senate

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A Colorado bill that would have mandated up to a 5 percent biodiesel blend for diesel fuel and a 10 percent ethanol blend for gasoline died in the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. The committee voted 8-5 to kill SB 238, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association reported.

CMCA said that while it supports the development of alternative fuels, the association was opposed to SB 238 not only because it mandated the use of biodiesel, but also because of the problems experienced by several of its members over certain biodiesel loads of poor quality. CMCA also was worried about the effect of a mandate on prices and availability of diesel fuel in the state.

CMCA has indicated strong support for tax incentives for alternative fuels, as well as other fuel reduction and air quality strategies such as auxiliary power units, aerodynamic modifications and other strategies.