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The Economic Feasibility of Using Georgia Biomass for Electrical Energy Production

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  • Shumaker, George A.
  • Luke-Morgan, Audrey S.
  • McKissick, John C.

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This study investigates the potential for using biomass for the production of electricity in Georgia. The volume, important characteristics, and delivered costs per unit of energy are estimated for various locally produced biomass. Production of synthetic fuels using both pyrolysis and gasification technologies is investigated as potential means for converting biomass into electricity. Capital and operating costs for each of these two technologies are projected across three different scales of production. Estimated costs per unit of electricity generated are determined. It appears, under the conditions modeled, these technologies are not cost competitive with currently used technologies. Significant subsidies would be needed to induce the adoption of these technologies under current economic conditions.

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  • Shumaker, George A. & Luke-Morgan, Audrey S. & McKissick, John C., 2009. "The Economic Feasibility of Using Georgia Biomass for Electrical Energy Production," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 27.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:90661
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    1. Sahoo, K. & Hawkins, G.L. & Yao, X.A. & Samples, K. & Mani, S., 2016. "GIS-based biomass assessment and supply logistics system for a sustainable biorefinery: A case study with cotton stalks in the Southeastern US," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 182(C), pages 260-273.
    2. Choi, Dong Gu & Thomas, Valerie M., 2012. "An electricity generation planning model incorporating demand response," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 429-441.

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