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Cellulosic Biofuel Potential Under Land Constraints: Locations, Plant Sizes and Feedstock Supply Costs

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  • Rosburg, Alicia
  • Miranowski, John
  • Jacobs, Keri

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We develop a long-run cost model for cellulosic biofuel production that accounts for locational differences in biomass production conditions.� The cost model minimizes the per-gallon cost of biofuel when feedstock costs vary within local biomass-producing regions and plant size is determined by local feedstock supply and size economies.� Applying the model, we estimate U.S. ethanol supply costs from both corn stover and switchgrass.� Model results are used to identify the locations and specific plant sizes from which stover-and switchgrass-based ethanol would meet cellulosic biofuel targets at least cost.�

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 36358.

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Date of creation: 13 Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:36358

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Keywords: biofuel; biomass; cellulosic ethanol; land use; switchgrass; corn stover; RFS2;

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  1. Miranowski, John & Rosburg, Alicia, 2010. "An Economic Breakeven Model of Cellulosic Feedstock Production and Ethanol Conversion with Implied Carbon Pricing," Staff General Research Papers 13166, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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  6. Lawrence D. Mapemba & Francis M. Epplin & Charles M. Taliaferro & Raymond L. Huhnke, 2007. "Biorefinery Feedstock Production on Conservation Reserve Program Land," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 29(2), pages 227-246.
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