Economics Research International

Economics of Bioenergy


Publishing date
26 Apr 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
07 Dec 2012

Lead Editor

1Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1070, USA

2Department of Agribusiness Economics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901-4410, USA

3Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4518, USA


Economics of Bioenergy

Description

There has been world-wide support for the production and use of renewable energy sources, especially through major policy initiatives relating to climate change and bioenergy. A few examples of these policy supports include the United States' Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) and the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) of 2009 (H.R. 2454), Brazil's 2009 National Climate Change Policy, Canada's 2006 Renewable Fuels Regulations, and the European Union's Energy and Climate Change Package, adopted in 2009. The rationales behind these policies have been multifold, ranging from less reliance on imported fuels, reducing energy prices, and improving the rural economy to mitigating climate change. Some have argued that bioenergy has not delivered on its promise of energy security and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, especially in the case of field crops utilized to produce biofuels, bioheat, and biopower. The economic and environmental consequences of this bioenergy expansion have not been fully understood, primarily because bioenergy markets are not well developed and still in flux. The main objective of this special issue is to better understand the emergence of bioenergy markets and explore the direct or indirect consequences of the expansion of this alternative energy source on the rural economy, energy, and commodity markets, as well as associated environmental impacts at the country, regional, or global level. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Economics of bioenergy crops
  • Positive and negative impact of bioenergy expansion on agricultural and energy markets, land use, and/or the environment
  • Economic and welfare analysis of bioenergy support policies
  • Bioenergy and food security, for example, the impact of bioenergy on food prices
  • Sustainability of bioenergy production
  • Impact of environmental policies on the economic feasibility of bioenergy production
  • Bioenergy's potential contribution to climate change mitigation

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 154928
  • - Editorial

Economics of Bioenergy

Amani Elobeid | Miguel Carriquiry | ... | Tun-Hsiang (Edward) Yu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 708604
  • - Research Article

Biofuel Expansion, Fertilizer Use, and GHG Emissions: Unintended Consequences of Mitigation Policies

Amani Elobeid | Miguel Carriquiry | ... | Bruce A. Babcock
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 521254
  • - Research Article

The Impact of US Biofuels Policy on Agricultural Production and Nitrogen Loads in Alabama

Ermanno Affuso | Leah M. Duzy
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 836823
  • - Research Article

Land Use Change from Biofuels Derived from Forest Residue: A Case of Washington State

Daniel Brent | Sergey Rabotyagov
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 763818
  • - Research Article

US Agriculture under Climate Change: An Examination of Climate Change Effects on Ease of Achieving RFS2

Yuquan W. Zhang | Bruce A. McCarl
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 321051
  • - Research Article

Economic Impact of Harvesting Corn Stover under Time Constraint: The Case of North Dakota

Thein A. Maung | Cole R. Gustafson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 315787
  • - Research Article

Induced Land Use Emissions due to First and Second Generation Biofuels and Uncertainty in Land Use Emission Factors

Farzad Taheripour | Wallace E. Tyner
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 138485
  • - Research Article

Economic Impacts of Using Switchgrass as a Feedstock for Ethanol Production: A Case Study Located in East Tennessee

Burton C. English | Tun-Hsiang Edward Yu | ... | Yuan Gao

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