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.

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