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Supply of Cellulosic Biofuel Feedstocks and Regional Production Patterns

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Forthcoming

19 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2010  

Madhu Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Xiaoguang Chen

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

Haixiao Huang

NV Energy

Hayri Onal

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Date Written: October 22, 2010

Abstract

This paper uses a dynamic, multi-market, nonlinear mathematical programming model, Biofuel and Environmental Policy Analysis Model (BEPAM) to first examine the economically viable supply of agricultural biomass at various biomass prices and the mix of cellulosic feedstocks that will be produced at these prices. It also examines this relationship under alternative assumptions about costs of production of these feedstocks, productivity of perennial grasses and the availability of land. Second, it examines the regional pattern of production of various cellulosic feedstocks and the spatial mix of feedstock production. Our analysis shows that 617-923 MMT of biomass can be produced in 2030 at a price of $140/MT depending on residue collection technology, costs of producing bioenergy crops and their yields and land availability. At that price, it would lead to the use of about 18 M ha of idle cropland or cropland pasture for perennial grasses.

JEL Classification: Q1, Q4, Q5

Suggested Citation

Khanna, Madhu and Chen, Xiaoguang and Huang, Haixiao and Onal, Hayri, Supply of Cellulosic Biofuel Feedstocks and Regional Production Patterns (October 22, 2010). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1695811

Madhu Khanna (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

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Xiaoguang Chen

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics ( email )

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Haixiao Huang

NV Energy ( email )

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Hayri Onal

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

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Urbana, IL 61801
United States
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