The State of Washington recently passed a renewable fuel standard requiring that 2 percent of its gasoline and diesel consumption consist of ethanol and biodiesel. Signed into law at the end of March by Governor Christine Gregoire, Senate Bill 6508 was sponsored by Representative Janea Holmquist and goes into effect in July 2006.

“This legislation is a great first step toward energy independence for our State and economic opportunity for our farmers,” Holmquist said. “A clean environment, stronger economy, viable farms, and energy independence will be the future results of this first, bold step.”

Soybeans are used to make biodiesel and ethanol, the two fuels emphasized in Washington's renewable fuel standard. Corn is used to make biodiesel and ethanol, the two fuels emphasized in Washington's renewable fuel standard.

Soybeans (above) and corn (bottom) are used to make biodiesel and ethanol, the two fuels emphasized in Washington’s renewable fuel standard. Credit: DOE/NREL, Warren Gretz

The legislation includes provisions to ensure that there will be a market for Washington-grown crops to be used as biofuel feedstock. The bill also stipulates that by June 2009, 20 percent of the diesel purchased and used by State agencies must be biodiesel.

Said Brian Jennings, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Executive Vice President, “ACE applauds the vision of Representative Holmquist for driving this effort, and to Governor Gregoire for her partnership and willingness to grow the production and use of renewable fuels in Washington.”




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