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Something Old and Something New: Forest Bioenergy Production in Minnesota.

Becker, Dennis R. and Laura M. Eaton.

As a state with no coal, oil, or natural gas production, the development of renewable energy is vital to Minnesota’s future. Forest biomass used for heating, electricity, and biofuel production is one potential source of energy that could significantly reduce our dependence on energy imports while reinvesting in local communities. Appropriately scaled and using the latest technology, it could also enhance forest productivity and reduce carbon emissions. Yet bioenergy investments have been slow to materialize despite an assortment of state and federal incentives. This study investigates the barriers to bioenergy development from the perspective of supply-chain actors in the state and identifies principles to guide enabling policy. One key finding is a lack of coordination and shared responsibility among various state agencies, industry associations, and nonprofit organizations, which has resulted in a fragmented set of policies. Those interviewed also identified the need to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and integrate bioenergy production with bio-based markets, including traditional forest products markets upon which bioenergy production is highly dependent.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
The research upon which this article is based was supported by a grant from CURA’s Faculty Interactive Research Program, and the Institute on the Environment’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) at the University of Minnesota..
42 (2): 9-16
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