Biofuel Feedstock Supply Coordination in the North: Options & Obstacles

Date: August 12, 2015
Time: Noon
Location: Webinar
Contact: Rosa Soliz; soliz@msu.edu

About the webinar: The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandates the use of 21 billion gallons of cellulosic and advanced biofuels by 2022, but scaling up the advanced biofuel sector has posed major economic and logistical challenges for regional planners and biofuel entrepreneurs in terms of feedstock supply assurance, supply chain development, assessing local support/opposition for biofuel facilities and addressing market power issues. This webinar summarizes results from a USDA/NIFA-funded project aiming to develop decision support tools for evaluating biorefinery location and biofuel feedstock supply coordination options and decisions. The analyses cover contracting mechanisms, alternative markets, distributed biomass pro-processing depots and evolution under alternative market scenarios. Presented by: Satish Joshi is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. His research focuses on biofuel policy analysis, and corporate environmental management. Brent Ross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, business strategy, and market coordination in the agri-food system. Scott Loveridge is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics and the Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Michigan State University. His research focuses on social conditions associated with economic growth and development of subnational regions. Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.

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