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Title: Competitiveness of biomass-fueled electrical power plants.

Author: McCarl, Bruce A.; Adams, Darius M.; Alig, Ralph J.; Chmelik, John T.;

Date: 2000

Source: Annals of Operations Research. 94: 37-55

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: One way countries like the United States can comply with suggested rollbacks in greenhouse gas emissions is by employing power plants fueled with biomass. We examine the competitiveness of biomass-based fuel for electrical power as opposed to coal using a mathematical programming structure. We consider fueling power plants from milling residues, whole trees, logging residues, switch grass, or short-rotation woody crops. We do this using a combined model of the agricultural and forestry sectors. We find that the competitiveness of biomass depends in a key way upon the success of research in developing improved production methods for short-rotation woody crops without great increases in costs.

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McCarl, Bruce A.; Adams, Darius M.; Alig, Ralph J.; Chmelik, John T. 2000. Competitiveness of biomass-fueled electrical power plants. Annals of Operations Research. 94: 37-55

 


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