State of California going with renewable diesel

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Updated Dec 17, 2015

The State of California, which operates one of the largest government fleets in the nation, has recently contracted with several renewable diesel fuel companies, has learned.

Contract announcements posted on the state’s Department of General Services website lists four companies that have contracted with the state to provide renewable diesel fuel: California Fuels & Lubricants for districts 8, 11 and 12 (includes San Diego and San Bernardino); Golden Gate Petroleum for districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 (includes Oakland and San Luis Obispo); Pinnacle Petroleum for district 7 (includes Los Angeles); Hunt & Sons for districts 2 and 10 (includes Redding and Stockton).

DGS reports that the state will be using renewable diesel in lieu of biodiesel and conventional diesel fuel.

“By using green or renewable diesel fuels, the state can further reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions connected to government operations,” said DGS Director Daniel C. Kim. “This directive to state agencies will help us meet the governor’s goals for combating climate change.”

DGS states that 7.3 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel will be replaced with renewable diesel which is expected to result in “an annual reduction of 49,000 tons of carbon intensity.”

The Nov. 6 contract posts state, “This green alternative fuel is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions when used as compared to regular diesel. Therefore, this is considered to be an Environmentally Preferable Purchase (EPP).”

Emails and calls made to CALTRANS, the state’s transportation department, were not returned. CALTRANS operates around 12,000 vehicles. Contract terms for fuel suppliers do not permit them to talk with the media at this time.