The California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) is California's not-for-profit biodiesel industry trade association, representing the state's biodiesel producers and a broad range of stakeholders. CBA endeavors to increase awareness about biodiesel as California's leading and widely available advanced biofuel that delivers significant economic, environmental, and energy diversity benefits throughout the state. Since 2006, CBA has worked both instate and at the national level to address regulatory, policy, and legislative issues to enable a growing market for biodiesel in California.

CBA is the recognized voice for biodiesel in California and is well respected by state agency staff for its cooperative approach to the many faceted elements involved in bringing biodiesel to market in the state. CBA's work is greatly enhanced by its close coordination with the policy and technical staff of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

CBA has been instrumental in working with the following agencies to achieve these results:
  • US EPA on design and implementation of the RFS1 and RFS2 programs;
  • CDFA Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) on the fuel variance program and biodiesel pump labeling regulations;
  • California State Legislature to get proper definitions for biodiesel and renewable diesel in California;
  • California Air Resources Board (ARB) to complete the lifecycle analysis of waste feedstock biodiesels to ensure that they received the full benefits of their low carbon properties and to provide guidance for mixed feedstock production CI values under LCFS;
  • California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to first provide a variance, then permanent regulations allowing owner/operators to store biodiesel in underground storage tanks (USTs) using Affirmative Statements of Compatibility from manufacturers.
  • Passage of AB 1032, which corrected a tax problem for dyed biodiesel.
CBA is currently actively engaged on multiple regulatory and legislative initiatives. These include:
  • An ambitious legislative program, including leadership of the California Biofuels Initiative, a coalition effort to secure funds from Cap and Trade auction proceeds to benefit in-state low carbon biofuels.
  • Engagement with the Air Resources Board (ARB) to help secure the best Verification and Monitoring rulemaking for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and to assure the success of the Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) regulation;
  • Advisory Committee level participation in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) at the California Energy Commission calling for the use of metrics in decision making and working to insure that biodiesel receives a fair share of state funding through AB 118;
  • Working with NGOs and the low carbon fuels industry to defend and extend the state's low carbon policies, especially the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).