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Energy Production with Biomass: What Are the Prospects?
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  • Paul W. Gallagher, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2006
Abstract
The advantages and limitations of the U.S. ethanol industry have both become apparent during the current period of high petroleum prices. One advantage is that ethanol is cost-reducing as a gasoline additive and as a gasoline replacement using E85 (motor fuel blends of 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline). However, corn supply limits ethanol's role in energy markets; ethanol-based corn demand will surpass exports when the 7.5 billion gallon Renewable Fuel Standard is fully implemented; and even if the Midwest were to secede from The Union, the entire Midwestern corn crop could only supply two-thirds of regional gasoline demand with ethanol. Clearly, a broader resource base and other processing technologies are needed if bioenergy is going to expand its role in the national energy scene.
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This article is from Choices 21 (2006): 21. Posted with permission.

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American Agricultural Economics Association
Language
en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Paul W. Gallagher. "Energy Production with Biomass: What Are the Prospects?" Choices Vol. 21 Iss. 1 (2006) p. 21 - 26
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/paul-gallagher/20/