As illustrated by Brazil's world-leading ethanol production and export industry, sugarcane ethanol has proven to be a tremendous source for sustainable biofuels. The time is right for sugarcane ethanol in California:
- Greater than 13:1 clean renewable energy produced per unit of fossil energy used
- More than 95% potential reduction of greenhouse gases
- A non-food feedstock
- Year-round growing and harvesting, and a higher crop yield
- Preferred treatment as an Advanced Biofuel under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)
- Valuable co-products such as green electricity
A technical analysis of CE&P's prospective sugarcane-derived ethanol using the California-modified version of Argonne National Laboratory's latest Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model was conducted. The analysis indicates that the CE&P fuel pathway, including electricity as a co-product, would emit 95.2% fewer greenhouse gases (GHG) on a full fuel cycle basis than gasoline when consumed in California.
CE&P's sugarcane ethanol production has location advantages, will have lower feedstock costs, premium ethanol prices and higher co-product value and will use much less water than conventional corn-based ethanol plants, whether in the Midwest or California. CE&P will meet California sustainability criteria as well as those being formulated worldwide: CE&P will be producing two forms of renewable energy that will help California address environmental issues and bolster California's economy, while not depleting natural resources.
For California and the United States, now is the right time for the right renewable energy resource, sugarcane.