First major sugarcane ethanol refinery coming to U.S.

  • 18-Nov-2010 04:33 EST

The continental U.S.’s first major sugarcane ethanol refinery will be built in the Imperial Valley of California, one of the best locations for growing sugarcane in the world, according to the developer, Clean Energy Capital LLC. The project will cost $575 million and produce 66 million gal (250 million L) of ethanol. Sweet sorghum, which is similar to sugarcane, will also be used. Ethanol produced in U.S. refineries will be cheaper because of the current 54-cent tariff for imported ethanol. The ethanol will meet California’s low-carbon fuel standard, which mandates greenhouse gas reduction. Many states are considering adopting the same low-carbon fuel standard as California, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Other states where sugarcane can be grown include Florida, Hawaii, and Texas.

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