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Price projections of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower in the U.S

Matthew Langholtz, Robin Graham, Laurence Eaton, Robert Perlack, Chad Hellwinkel and Daniel De La Torre Ugarte ()

Energy Policy, 2012, vol. 41, issue C, 484-493

Abstract: The economic availability of biomass resources is a critical component in evaluating the commercial viability of biofuels. To evaluate projected farmgate prices and grower payments needed to procure 295 million dry Mg (325 million dry tons) of biomass in the U.S. by 2022, this research employs POLYSYS, an economic model of the U.S. agriculture sector. A price-run simulation suggests that a farmgate price of $58.42Mg−1 ($53.00dryton−1) is needed to procure this supply, while a demand-run simulation suggests that prices of $34.56 and $71.61Mg−1 ($30.00 and $62.00dryton−1) in are needed in 2012 and 2022, respectively, to procure the same supply, under baseline yield assumptions. Grower payments are reported as farmgate price minus resource-specific harvest costs.

Keywords: Agricultural policy analysis; Bioenergy; U.S. Energy independence and security act (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.11.009

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