Trends in U.S. Agriculture's Consumption and Production of Energy: Renewable Power, Shale Energy, and Cellulosic Biomass

Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-159) 53 pp, August 2016

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by Claudia Hitaj and Shellye Suttles

Changing energy policy and market conditions are affecting agriculture as both a consumer and producer of energy. This study analyzes how the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates a biofuel component in U.S. transportation fuels, the shale energy revolution, and the Clean Power Plan could affect the agricultural sector.

Keywords: Energy, agriculture, renewable energy, shale, biofuel, biomass, Renewable Fuel Standard, Clean Power Plan

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