Ethanol is an increasingly important alternative energy in the U.S. economy. Ethanol helps reduce the United States dependency on foreign energy sources by eliminating the import of millions of barrels of oil. Domestic ethanol production also keeps energy investment and expenditures in the U.S., delivering economic vitality to states and local communities. Driven by the risk to American economic independence and national security from high-priced, imported crude oil and the threat of global warming, CE&P is responding to the growing demand in California and the United States for renewable fuels and green power bya using a sustainable, domestically produced, non-food feedstock: sugarcane.