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Price projections of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower in the U.S


  • Langholtz, Matthew
  • Graham, Robin
  • Eaton, Laurence
  • Perlack, Robert
  • Hellwinkel, Chad
  • De La Torre Ugarte, Daniel G.


The economic availability of biomass resources is a critical component in evaluating the commercial viability of biofuels. To evaluate projected farmgate prices and grower payments needed to procure 295 million dry Mg (325 million dry tons) of biomass in the U.S. by 2022, this research employs POLYSYS, an economic model of the U.S. agriculture sector. A price-run simulation suggests that a farmgate price of $58.42Mg−1 ($53.00dryton−1) is needed to procure this supply, while a demand-run simulation suggests that prices of $34.56 and $71.61Mg−1 ($30.00 and $62.00dryton−1) in are needed in 2012 and 2022, respectively, to procure the same supply, under baseline yield assumptions. Grower payments are reported as farmgate price minus resource-specific harvest costs.

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  • Langholtz, Matthew & Graham, Robin & Eaton, Laurence & Perlack, Robert & Hellwinkel, Chad & De La Torre Ugarte, Daniel G., 2012. "Price projections of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower in the U.S," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 484-493.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:41:y:2012:i:c:p:484-493
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.11.009

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    1. Ladislav Kristoufek & Karel Janda & David Zilberman, 2013. "Non-linear price transmission between biofuels, fuels and food commodities," Working Papers IES 2013/16, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, revised Oct 2013.
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