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Willingness to pay for E85 from corn, switchgrass, and wood residues

  • Jensen, Kimberly L.
  • Clark, Christopher D.
  • English, Burton C.
  • Menard, R. Jamey
  • Skahan, Denise K.
  • Marra, Adrienne C.

Willingness to pay (WTP) for E85 (automotive fuel blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline) was estimated from a contingent choice exercise contained in a national survey of consumers. The choice exercise included E85 blends from three different feedstock sources (corn grain, switchgrass, and wood wastes) and an E10 blend (10% ethanol and 90% gasoline) with corn grain as the ethanol feedstock. Results from the study indicate willingness to pay a premium for E85 from switchgrass compared with E10 from corn. Concerns about land use for "food versus fuel" had a negative impact on WTP for E85 from corn grain, while greater concerns about fuel security relative to the environment had a positive impact.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 1253-1262

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