Economic Research Report No. (ERR-223) 72 pp

January 2017

Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land

Crops that are grown strictly for energy use, such as switchgrass in the United States, have received much attention as potential renewable sources for bioelectricity; however, markets do not presently exist for large-scale use of this resource. This study examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using dedicated energy crops.

Keywords: bioenergy, land use, energy crops, scenarios, renewable portfolio standard, climate policy

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