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Will Washington Provide Its Own Feedstocks for Biofuels?

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  • Suzette P. Galinato
  • Douglas L. Young
  • Craig S. Frear
  • Jonathan K. Yoder


    (School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University)

The study finds that Washington State’s field corn, sugar beet and canola production could satisfy only a small percentage of the State’s annual gasoline or diesel consumption. Linear programming projections for 2008 showed a relatively close match between projected and actual production. Projections for 2009-2011 showed no increase in the State’s capacity to increase biofuel crop feedstocks. In comparison to crop feedstocks, Washington’s total annual lignocellulosic biomass is abundant. However, only a fraction of the biomass could be converted to biofuel due to high costs of collection and processing, competing markets for some biomass, and limitations in current technology.

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Paper provided by School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University in its series Working Papers with number 2008-24.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
Handle: RePEc:wsu:wpaper:sgalinato-1
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