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Cellulosic biofuel potential under land constraints: locations, plant sizes and feedstock supply costs
Economics Working Papers (2002–2016)
  • Alicia Rosburg, University of Northern Iowa
  • John Miranowski, Iowa State University
  • Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University
Document Type
Working Paper
Publication Date
8-13-2013
Working Paper Number
WP #13014, August 2013
Abstract
We develop a long-run cost model for cellulosic biofuel production that accounts for locational differences in biomass production conditions. The cost model minimizes the per-gallon cost of biofuel when feedstock costs vary within local biomass-producing regions and plant size is determined by local feedstock supply and size economies. Applying the model, we estimate U.S. ethanol supply costs from both corn stover and switchgrass. Model results are used to identify the locations and specific plant sizes from which stover-and switchgrass-based ethanol would meet cellulosic biofuel targets at least cost.
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32 pages
Citation Information
Alicia Rosburg, John Miranowski and Keri Jacobs. "Cellulosic biofuel potential under land constraints: locations, plant sizes and feedstock supply costs" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john-miranowski/3/