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Title:Miscanthus: Costs and Potential for Mitigating Greenhouse Gases
Author(s):Khanna, Madhu
Subject(s):alternative energy
Abstract:Perennial grasses, such as miscanthus and switchgrass, and crop residues, like corn stover, offer considerable potential to produce second generation biofuels and to be co-fired with coal to produce electricity. This presentation addresses key factors that are likely to influence the viable mix and location for growing energy crops, their economic competitiveness and life cycle greenhouse gas emissions as compared to gasoline and coal. The implications of various biofuel and climate policies for the competitiveness of bioenergy relative to fossil fuels will be discussed. Madhu Khanna is a Professor in the Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and also at the Energy Biosciences Institute, Institute of Genomic Biology, at the University of Illinois. She received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests are in the areas of technology adoption and voluntary approaches to pollution control; welfare analysis of alternative policy instruments for environmental protection; economic, land use, and environmental implications of biofuels; and policies for carbon sequestration. Khanna is currently a Member of the Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Committee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Issue Date:2009-10-28
Series/Report:2009 Greenhouse Gas and Sustainability Symposium
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-05-15

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