On June 12, 2006, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco signed into law a mandate that ethanol-blended fuels be sold in Louisiana. This legislation was passed in order to foster biofuel production in the state, provide an alternative market for farmers, and improve the environment. The new law requires that ethanol produced from domestically grown feedstock or other biomass material account for 2 percent of the total gasoline sold in the state and that 2 percent of the total diesel sold in the state be biodiesel. The mandate will go into effect six months after there are 50 million gallons of ethanol in annual production or 10 million gallons of biodiesel in the state, unless the Louisiana Commission on Weights and Measures determines there is not sufficient supply or distribution capabilities in the state.
Map of States with Mandates and Incentives Promoting Biofuels