Virginia Legislature Moves Biodiesel, Renewable Energy Measures

John Davis

virginiaflagTwo bills aimed at helping the renewable energy business in Virginia have advanced in the State Legislature.

This story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch says the measures are part of Gov. Timothy Kaine’s eco-friendly “Renew Virginia” and cleared the Virginia Senate:

Senate Bill 1146, carried by Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington, would require the government to purchase diesel fuel for its vehicle fleet that contains at least 2 percent biodiesel.

The requirement would not apply if the cost of the biodiesel fuel exceeds the cost of regular diesel by more than 5 percent. Whipple estimated the measure would cost the state a maximum of $1.25 million.

The original legislation would have required that diesel fuel sold to any consumer contain at least 2 percent biodiesel. It also would have set a 10 percent cap on the price difference.

By a vote of 38-1, senators also passed another Kaine priority Senate Bill 1141, which would allocate $2 million in renewable energy property tax credits for individuals and corporations.

The bill, carried by Sen. L. Louise Lucas, D-Norfolk, provides credits for the installation of solar electric generation, solar heating systems and wind-powered electrical generators.

Biodiesel, Government