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Benefit Cost For Biomass Co-Firing In Electricity Generation: Case Of Utah, U.S


  • Kim, Man-Keun
  • Paudel, Bibek
  • Snyder, Donald L.


Policy making regarding biomass co-firing is difficult. The article provides a benefit-cost analysis for decision makers to facilitate policy making process to implement efficient biomass co-firing policy. The additional cost is the sum of cost of the biom ass procurement and biomass transportation. Co-benefits are sales of greenhouse gas emission credits and health benefit from reducing harmful air pollutants, especially particulate matter. The benefit-cost analysis is constructed for semi-arid U.S. region, Utah, where biomass supply is limited. Results show that biomass co-firing is not economically feasible in Utah but would be feasible when co-benefits are considered. Benefit-cost ratio is critically dependent upon biomass and carbon credit prices. The procedure to build the benefit-cost ratio can be applied for any region with other scenarios suggested in this study.

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  • Kim, Man-Keun & Paudel, Bibek & Snyder, Donald L., 2015. "Benefit Cost For Biomass Co-Firing In Electricity Generation: Case Of Utah, U.S," International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC), Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Department of Economics and Finance, vol. 0(Number 3), pages 1-16, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ijfaec:208847

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