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CE+P Partners with Life Cycle Associates to Define Carbon Pathway for Sugar Valley Energy Sugarcane Ethanol
Brawley, CA (July 11, 2023) — California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) today announced that leading environmental consulting experts Life Cycle Associates has joined its team for Sugar Valley Energy, a sugarcane-to-ethanol biorefinery planned in California’s Imperial Valley. Life Cycle Associates is partnering with CE+P to define the expected carbon intensity pathway for the sugarcane ethanol product as called for by California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS.)
“As we proceed through the final financing phase and plan for construction, Life Cycle Associates’ in-depth knowledge of evaluating life cycle greenhouse gas emissions and California’s low carbon legislation framework has become a significant asset to the Sugar Valley Energy project,” said CE+P CEO Dave Rubenstein. “The project is fortunate to have an exceptionally strong team and Life Cycle Associates will help us achieve its low carbon goals.”
Headquartered in Portola Valley, California, Life Cycle Associates analyzes the energy and environmental impacts of fuels and energy systems. The firm works with clients around the world to further the reduction of harmful emissions and negative impacts on the environment and climate. A significant portion of its work in biofuels and other alternative fuels concerns the evaluation of new fuel production technologies, their energy balance, and economics.
“The Sugar Valley Energy project provides a unique opportunity to grow the in-state low carbon fuel capacity in California to meet the goals set forward by the Low Carbon Fuel Standard,” said Stefan Unnasch, Managing Director for Life Cycle Associates. “It is expected to produce one of the lowest-carbon pathway scores of any ethanol in the world.”
The completed Sugar Valley Energy campus will support an estimated 200 permanent new jobs onsite and in the Imperial County community, as well as hundreds of agriculture-related jobs associated with cultivating sugarcane. Construction of the facility alone is estimated to support more than 9,000 jobs in various trades The project represents a $1 Billion investment in the Imperial Valley region.
About California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) CE+P is a development company that intends to develop, construct, operate and own numerous facilities that will convert locally grown sugarcane into Essential Ethanol™ sustainable, renewable, and extremely low carbon transportation fuel that will assist California in meeting its groundbreaking AB32 requirements. CE+P is committed to employing processes and equipment that are both commercially proven and financeable, while also meeting California’s stringent environmental regulations. CE+P also has identified promising potential products such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia, using low carbon ethanol as a feedstock for fossil fuel-based chemical replacement, and developing low carbon drop-in fuel from sugarcane tops and leaves as an alternative to crude oil. For more information, visit www.californiaethanolpower.com.
About Life Cycle Associates Life Cycle Associates analyzes the energy and environmental impacts of fuels and energy systems. We work with clients around the world to further the reduction of harmful emissions and negative impacts on the environment and climate. They have worked with a broad range of fuels and processes and have extensive expertise in model development. A significant portion of our work in biofuels and other alternative fuels concerns the evaluation of new fuel production technologies, their energy balance, and economics. Life Cycle Associates has completed numerous life cycle analysis studies, including those to establish fuel pathway carbon intensities (CI) for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. They develop software tools and methods that allow these assessments to be completed quickly and accurately. These tools include a system to analyze complex pathways from a variety of feedstocks; therefore, supporting multiple regulatory frameworks. For more information, visit www.lifecycleassociates.com.
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