A Strategy Brief on US Ethanol Markets and Policies

CIGI Technical Paper No. 1

28 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2007

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Annette Hester

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Date Written: March 2007


The ethanol market in the United States is undergoing a rapid increase, affecting many sectors of the national economy. Consensus among all stakeholders is that priority must be given to the development of cellulosic ethanol and other technologies capable of delivering a safe and effective biofuel, to address the growing US energy security dilemma. The development of a new biofuels market that will combine ethanol production from traditional and innovative crops with new alternative fuel technology presents exciting opportunities and challenges. This paper examines the current developments in the ethanol market - both economic and political - and attempts to show where the synergies lie between US producers' best strategies and achieving energy security.

Suggested Citation

Hester, Annette, A Strategy Brief on US Ethanol Markets and Policies (March 2007). CIGI Technical Paper No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982242 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.982242

Annette Hester (Contact Author)

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) ( email )

57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2

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