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Ethanol Production in the Southern High Plains of Texas: Impacts on the Economy and Scarce Water Resources

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  • Guerrero, Bridget L.
  • Johnson, Jeffrey W.
  • Amosson, Stephen H.
  • Johnson, Phillip N.
  • Segarra, Eduardo
  • Surles, James

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The establishment of new biorefineries in an effort to increase energy security in the United States has generated positive impacts by creating jobs and generating economic output. However, communities and local and state leaders are concerned about whether ethanol production is an effective use of limited water resources. Input-output analysis is used to determine if locating ethanol plants in the Southern High Plains of Texas is an effective use of water resources relative to current irrigated crop production in terms of socioeconomic impacts. Results indicate ethanol production generates impacts above and beyond that of crop production utilizing an equivalent amount of water.

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  • Guerrero, Bridget L. & Johnson, Jeffrey W. & Amosson, Stephen H. & Johnson, Phillip N. & Segarra, Eduardo & Surles, James, 2011. "Ethanol Production in the Southern High Plains of Texas: Impacts on the Economy and Scarce Water Resources," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 41(1).
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    1. Liu, Bing & Hudson, Darren & Farmer, Michael, 2015. "The Impact of a Sorghum-Based Ethanol Plant on Local Cotton Acreage: A Spatial Approach," 2016 Annual Meeting, February 6-9, 2016, San Antonio, Texas 229799, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Lester, T. William & Little, Mark G. & Jolley, G. Jason, 2015. "Assessing the Economic Impact of Alternative Biomass Uses: Biofuels, Wood Pellets, and Energy Production," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 45(1).

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