Friday, September 14, 2007

California Biodiesel Industry Launches Trade Group

The latest news from the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA).

Contact: Doug Smith, Secretary
(949) 463-4279

September 10, 2007

California Biodiesel Industry Launches Trade Group
Industry and the public invited to help promote low-carbon diesel fuel alternative

Biodiesel pioneers and industry leaders have created a new not-for-profit trade association to promote increased use and production of high quality, renewable biodiesel fuel in California. The group, known as the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA), is a diverse association of biodiesel feedstock suppliers, producers, fuel marketers and distributors, technology providers, fuel retailers, consumers, and advocates. CBA is committed to developing and protecting the biodiesel supply, educating the public about the benefits of biodiesel, and representing the California biodiesel industry in government relations in Sacramento and beyond.

“We’re inviting industry and members of the public to join us in unleashing the power of the biodiesel market here in California,” said Alliance Chair Eric M. Bowen of Tellurian Biodiesel. “We believe that by working together we can prove that biodiesel has a significant role to play in improving California’s air quality, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing the state’s dependence on foreign oil.”

“Our goal is to ensure that biodiesel receives favorable treatment by state and federal regulatory agencies as part of the solution to California air quality challenges and as a benefit to California workers, farmers, and the economy,” said Alliance Secretary Doug Smith of Baker Commodities. “We support California Air Resources Board research studies and the inclusion of biodiesel into the California transportation fuels portfolio.”

CBA offers memberships to biodiesel producers, marketers, and distributors as well as to companies and individuals who support the industry at the highest level of fuel quality. Membership forms are available at

Biodiesel is the fastest growing alternative fuel in the US market with production having tripled between 2005 and 2006, from 75 million gallons to about 250 million gallons. It is renewable, biodegradable, and nontoxic. Biodiesel significantly cuts life cycle carbon dioxide and other harmful environmental emissions, including carbon monoxide, sulfur, and aromatics. It can be made from recycled cooking greases and any vegetable oil or animal fat, can run in any diesel engine with little or no modification, and is compatible with the existing petroleum distribution infrastructure.

For further information:

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

San Francisco Continues to Make Great Progress Towards its Goal of B20 in the Entire City Fleet

San Francisco Continues to Make Great Progress Towards its Goal of B20 in the Entire City Fleet. Here is the latest update.

Hi folks,
As of today, 42% of the city's diesel vehicles are running on B20. This is up from 39% in mid-April.
This new total includes one of Muni's diesel-hybrid buses, 29 vehicles from the SFFD (a combination of fire trucks and ambulances) as well as the diesel vehicles at SFO and Central Shops. In addition, roughly 10-15 additional SFFD vehicles occasionally fuel with B20 - these vehicles have not been included in the current total.
Vandana Bali
Clean Vehicles & Alternative Fuels Manager Clean Air Transportation Program
Department of the Environment
City & County of San Francisco
11 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Biodiesel Letter To San Francisco Gas Stations

I thought I would share this letter from the San Francisco Biodiesel Taskforce to gas stations in San Francisco encouraging them to consider selling biodiesel at the pump.

Go San Francisco, Go!

June 6, 2007

Gas Station Owner
San Francisco, California

RE: Biodiesel: Environmentally Friendly, Renewable Diesel Fuel – Available Today

Dear Sir or Madam,

We would like to bring to your attention the exciting opportunity provided by America’s fastest growing alternative fuel, biodiesel. The City of San Francisco has adopted a policy to promote the use of biodiesel throughout the City and is considering adopting financial incentives to encourage existing gas stations to provide biodiesel at the pump. The City would greatly appreciate your consideration of offering biodiesel for sale at your San Francisco filling station.

Biodiesel is a safe, nontoxic and biodegradable substitute for petroleum diesel that is made from renewable vegetable oils, recycled cooking greases or animal fats. Biodiesel is designated under federal law as an ‘alternative fuel' and is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a fuel and fuel additive. It can be blended with traditional petroleum diesel in any ratio, can be used in any diesel engine without need for mechanical alterations and is compatible with the existing petroleum diesel distribution and dispensing infrastructure.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized biodiesel as the fastest growing alternative fuel. The biodiesel market is expected to grow from a couple hundred million gallons per year today to over one billion gallons per year by 2010. The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), US EPA and Department of Transportation (DOT) have all embraced biodiesel as a means of reducing diesel engine emissions, lowering our dependence on imported petroleum fuel, and boosting the agricultural sector for our country.

Biodiesel is currently cost competitive with petroleum diesel. The City’s Biodiesel Access Taskforce is ready to help, free-of-charge, all interested station owners explore the potential of dispensing biodiesel at their stations. For more information, please contact Monica Fish, the Taskforce’s secretary at (415) 355-3709 or

You can find more information on biodiesel at and you can find more information on the SF Biodiesel Taskforce at

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.


Eric M. Bowen
Chair, San Francisco Biodiesel Access Taskforce

Friday, May 11, 2007

San Francisco Biodiesel Pump Opening

Olympian and Tellurian Biodiesel held an opening ceremony for their B20 pump at Olympian's station on 3rd street in San Francisco. It is great to now have B20 available to commerical fleets in the City. Here is a link to CNET's coverage with some good photos.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

California Biodiesel Alliance - Update Email

Dear friends of the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA),

It has been several months since my last email and I wanted to update everyone on CBA’s progress and activities.

The CBA is the trade association for the California biodiesel industry. We incorporated the CBA as a California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation in December and are completing our IRS tax filings as a 501(c)(6), a not-for-profit trade association. The CBA steering committee has been busy working to finalize the CBA charter documents. Once those are finalized, we will begin accepting applications for membership.

The CBA Steering Committee is comprised of the following members:

Russ Teall – Biodiesel Industries
Fred Wellons – Tellurian Biodiesel, formerly of Baker Commodities
Curtis Wright – Imperial Western Products
Wade Randlett – National Biofuels
Doug Smith – Baker Commodities
And myself, Eric Bowen – Tellurian Biodiesel (successor to SF Biodiesel and LA Biofuel)

The Steering Committee has been aided by Ryan Lamberg of Community Fuels and Ashley Henry, the Energy Industry Liaison for Stoel Rives, one of the leading biofuel law firms. We are very appreciative of their assistance.

As most of you are aware, there are several legislative proposals in Sacramento this year relating to biodiesel. The CBA is tracking those bills and making itself available to work with the bill sponsors. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in helping educate legislators in Sacramento about the benefits of biodiesel.

Finally, we are working on a website and logo for the CBA, which we hope to launch shortly.

We look forward to working with each of you to make the California biodiesel industry a great success.

Warm regards,

Acting Chair, California Biodiesel Alliance