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Biodiesel in Southern California - Who, What, Where

Biodiesel resources for consumers and business in Southern California

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What is Biodiesel...

Biodiesel (B99.9/B100) is a clean burning renewable fuel, which since August 18, 2004 has been sold in California as a development fuel. Sales are restricted through the variance procedures to centrally fueled fleets, at controlled access fueling systems, through co-op organizations or to qualified members of biodiesel users groups.

The California Department of Measurements Standards (DMS) requires that all vendors of biodiesel and biodiesel blends apply through the variance procedure to receive authorization to sell non-specification fuels. This variance procedure will be in place until ASTM issues stand-alone fuel standards for B100 and/or B20 as fuels. Although biodiesel currently has an ASTM standard (D-6751), the standards title is " Biodiesel Fuel (B100) Blend Stock for Distillate Fuels ". Without standards, which identify biodiesel as a fuel, special interest groups have been able to prevent the sale of B100 to the public and further require that biodiesel blends conform to petroleum distillate (D-975) standards. At this time California Business and Professional Code section 13450(a) requires that all diesel fuel sold in the state "shall meet the specifications set forth in ASTM D-975"

Who Uses Biodiesel...

SoCal Bug is a biodiesel users group that was formed to educate biodiesel users, to ensure the dissemination of critical information to members, to provide a regional registry of qualified members and to provide advocacy for the use of biodiesel as a motor fuel. In addition, membership in will comply with the DMS requirement that biodiesel users be warned in writing of any potential risk associated with the use of the development engine fuel. There are no membership costs or dues.

When you join, the membership application that you sign is your acknowledgement that you have received in writing the potential risk statement and that you will comply in providing user experience as required to you biodiesel vendor. By working with your fuel vendor, you are continuing to maintain your ability to purchase and use biodiesel and biodiesel blends as a motor fuels. is independent of ties to the biodiesel vendors, the industry and proactive biodiesel orginizations. This separation maintains neutrality and defines as a Biodiesel Users Group.

Where to Get Biodiesel & Information...

SoCal Biodiesel

An advocacy group for the acceptance of biodiesel as a fuel source and the expansion of retail outlets for biodiesel in the Southern California area. to learn more about biodiesel SoCal Biodiesel

The Biodiesel Council of California

The Biodiesel Council of California is a member supported 501c3 Non-Profit, whose mission is to inspire socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable development of the biodiesel industry in California by educating and organizing the public, by advocating for governmental acceptance of neat biodiesel, and by developing and protecting the public biodiesel supply.

The 2007 BCC theme for project efforts is "Focus on the Farmer: Feedstock development." Potential Feedstocks for California include Safflower, Sunflower, Canola and Mustard. We are researching now studies that are being done and will report here as we find documents. The need for California Feedstocks is the missing piece to the sustainable development and success of the industry.

Their website is comprehensive with sections about Biodiesel for consumers, co-ops, wholesale distributors, producers and feedstocks.

Sustainable Transport Club

Russell Syndey hosts the organization The Sustainable Transportation Club, a network of people with a passion for creating a future free from dependence on fossil fuel. It is a coalition of people interested in electric, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles as well as mass transit and human powered things like bicycles. People working together for a secure, environmentally sound transportation future

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