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Increasing feedstock production for biofuels
Biomass Research & Development Initiative
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A large expansion in ethanol production, along with research and innovation to develop second-generation biofuels, is underway in the United States, spurred by volatile oil prices and energy policies. The availability of biomass feedstocks is a critical part of the challenge. The National Biofuels Action Plan identified two general barriers to providing sustainable quantities of feedstocks: a lack of biomass production capacity and the high relative costs of production, recovery, and transportation for feedstocks. The goal of this report is to inform research recommendations to address the constraints surrounding availability of biomass feedstocks. To meet this goal, an economic assessment, which links to an analysis of the consequences for greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability, has been developed that encompasses feedstock production from agriculture and forestry sources. The boundaries of the analysis — a domestic focus on feedstocks and up to the farmgate or forest roadside — circumscribe the fi ndings. Uncertainty about the conversion of feedstocks to biofuels, transportation of both, international effects, and consideration of displaced petroleum fuels are beyond the scope of this study.
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