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Biomass Cofiring in Coal Power Plants and its Impact on Agriculture in the United States


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  • Dumortier, Jerome


We analyze the effects on local biomass supply, demand, and prices of co-firing requirement for existing coal-fired power plants. The co-firing requirement is imposed on 398 existing power plants. The biomass feedstock can come from corn stover, wheat straw, switchgrass, and/or forest residues. Our model incorporates county-level biomass supply as well as national crop commodity demand. A solution to the model consists of county biomass prices and national crop prices. Keywords: Biomass, co-firing, land-use, commodity prices

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington with number 124944.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea12:124944

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Keywords: Biomass; co-firing; land-use; commodity prices; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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  1. Basu, Prabir & Butler, James & Leon, Mathias A., 2011. "Biomass co-firing options on the emission reduction and electricity generation costs in coal-fired power plants," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 282-288.
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  1. Oliver, Anthony & Khanna, Madhu, 2013. "Renewable Energy Policies for the Electricity, Transportation, and Agricultural Sectors: Complements or Substitutes," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150406, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.


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