The increasing demand for bioenergy in the United States necessitates detailed case studies of cost and supply to assess its feasibility. This study, from 5 counties surrounding the central Washington’s Yakama Nation, found that existing industries produce the cheapest supply of feedstock as a byproduct of their operations. In contrast, supplies harvested specifically for bioenergy are considerably more expensive. Additionally, fragmented land ownerships lead to the necessity of cooperation between owners, and highlight the importance of a strong anchor supply close to the plant. Lastly, uncertainty in supply and cost parameters may lead to reluctant investment in large plants.
Published in ‘Biomass and Bioenergy’ in August 2011; co-authors include Jeffrey J. Richardson, Steve Rigdon, Lloyd Nackley, Rodney Cawston (Web of Science access required)