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Understanding Community Impacts: A Tool for Evaluating Externalities from Local Bio-Fuels Production


  • Fortenbery, T. Randall

    (U of Wisconson, Madison/Extension)

  • Deller, Steven


The popularity of public investment in local bio-fuels production as a rural development initiative is growing. An important consideration in determining the level of public support for a plant's development, however, is accurately measuring public externalities resulting from plant activity. The purpose of this research was to first develop a set of community multipliers associated with various bio-fuel plant configurations, and then develop an easy to use tool that allows local communities to measure potential benefits based on varying levels of plant activity.

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  • Fortenbery, T. Randall & Deller, Steven, 2006. "Understanding Community Impacts: A Tool for Evaluating Externalities from Local Bio-Fuels Production," Staff Paper Series 505, University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:wisagr:505

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    1. Fortenbery, T. Randall, 2005. "Biodiesel Feasibility Study: An Evaluation of Biodiesel Feasibility in Wisconsin," Staff Paper Series 481, University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics.
    2. Kevin McNew & Duane Griffith, 2005. "Measuring the Impact of Ethanol Plants on Local Grain Prices," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 27(2), pages 164-180.
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    1. T. Randall Fortenbery & Steven C. Deller & Lindsay Amiel, 2013. "The Location Decisions of Biodiesel Refineries," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 89(1), pages 118-136.
    2. Turnquist, Alan & Fortenbery, T. Randall & Foltz, Jeremy D., 2008. "Progress or Devastation? The Effects of Ethanol Plant Location on Local Land Use," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6125, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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