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Higher Carbon Prices Could Spur Adoption of Methane Digesters

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  • Key, Nigel D.
  • Sneeringer, Stacy E.

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A market price for carbon emission reductions would allow livestock producers with methane digesters to earn additional revenue from trapping and burning methane from manure. Greater income from reducing methane emissions could substantially increase the number of livestock producers who would find it profitable to install methane digesters. Large-scale hog and dairy operations with lagoon manure management systems are likely to benefit most from a higher carbon price, which could have longrun structural implications for the livestock sector.

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  • Key, Nigel D. & Sneeringer, Stacy E., 2011. "Higher Carbon Prices Could Spur Adoption of Methane Digesters," Amber Waves, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersaw:121241
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