Sugarcane-based ethanol emits fewer GHGs

By | April 14, 2009
Brawley, Calif.-based California Ethanol & Power LLC, which plans to build a 60 MMgy sugarcane-to-ethanol plant in California's Imperial Valley, released the results of a life-cycle analysis conducted by Life Cycle Associate LLC. The findings showed that California Ethanol & Power's fuel, including electricity as a coproduct, would release 95.2 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) than petroleum gasoline and 77 percent to 83 percent fewer GHG emissions than the Brazilian ethanol consumed in California. The GREET model (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) developed by the Argonne National Laboratory was modified specifically for California and used in the analysis.