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Will Washington Provide Its Own Feedstocks for Biofuels?


  • 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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  • Suzette P. Galinato & Douglas L. Young & Craig S. Frear & Jonathan K. Yoder, 2009. "Will Washington Provide Its Own Feedstocks for Biofuels?," Working Papers 2008-24, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsu:wpaper:sgalinato-1

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    biofuels; biofuel feedstocks; canola; cellulosic inventories; grain corn; linear programming; Washington State;

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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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