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The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance (CABA) — formerly the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) — is California's not-for-profit industry trade association, representing the state's advanced biofuel producers and a broad range of stakeholders. CABA endeavors to increase awareness about advanced biofuels as California's leading and widely available solution delivering significant economic, environmental, and energy diversity benefits throughout the state.

As the California Biodiesel Alliance, the organization worked both in-state and at the national level to address regulatory, policy, and legislative issues to enable a growing market for biodiesel in California from 2006 through 2017 and has been well respected by state agency staff for its cooperative approach to the many faceted elements involved in bringing biodiesel to market in the state.

Greatly enhanced by close coordination with policy and technical staff of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the organization 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.
CABA is currently actively engaged on multiple regulatory and legislative initiatives. These include:
  • Leadership of the California Biofuels Initiative, a coalition effort to educate state leaders about the benefits of biofuels, to update the Bioenergy Action Plan, and to respond to those seeking to ban the internal combustion engine.
  • Engagement with the Air Resources Board (ARB) to help secure the best Verification and Monitoring program 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 biofuels 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).