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Carbon Emissions, Renewable Electricity and Profits: Comparing Alternative Policies to Promote Anaerobic Digesters in Dairies

Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/56996
Abstract:
Anaerobic digesters can provide renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure management. Government policies that encourage digester adoption by livestock operations include construction cost-share grants, renewable electricity subsidies, and carbon pricing (offset) programs. However, the effectiveness and efficiency of these policies is not well understood. For the U.S. dairy sector, we compare predicted digester adoption rates, carbon emission reductions, renewable electricity generation and sales, and net returns and social benefits of several policies. We find that a carbon pricing policy provides the greatest net social benefit for a range of assumptions about the benefits of carbon reductions and renewable energy.
Author(s):
Nigel Key , Stacy Sneeringer
Subject(s):
anaerobic digesters , anaerobic digestion , animal manure management , carbon , carbon markets , cattle manure , costs and returns , dairies , electricity , greenhouse gas emissions , issues and policy , profits and margins , renewable energy sources , sales , social benefit , United States
Source:
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 2012 v.41 no.2
Language:
English
Year:
2012
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
File:
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Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.