Biofuels: Gasoline Substitutes

Ethanol is a renewable alcohol-based fuel made by fermenting and distilling low-cost, low-maintenance starch crops, such as corn, sugar cane and wheat grown for energy production. Ethanol is the most widely available source of gasoline substitute, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Ethanol can also be made from landfill gases and municipal solid waste, as well as agricultural waste, animal manures, food wastes, fats, oils and greases. This produces fuels that are considerably lower in greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum-based fuels, and also prevents these materials from ending up in a landfill.

Benefits of Ethanol

Renewable Gasoline

Renewable gasoline is chemically equivalent to petroleum-derived gasoline and is suitable for use in conventional cars and gasoline infrastructure without requiring modifications. While this fuel is not yet commercially available, the Energy Commission supports research and development of methods to produce renewable gasoline.

Benefits of Renewable Gasoline