Sustainable use of California biomass resources can help meet state and national bioenergy targets

Bryan M. Jenkins, Robert B. Williams, Nathan Parker, Peter Tittmann, Quinn Hart, Martha C. Gildart, Steve Kaffka, Bruce R. Hartsough, Peter Dempster

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Abstract

Biomass constitutes a major renewable energy resource for California, with more than 30 million tons per year of in-state production estimated to be available on a sustainable basis for electricity generation, biofuels production and other industrial processing. Annually, biofuel production from these resources could exceed 2 billion gallons of gasoline equivalent, while providing opportunities for agricultural and rural economic development. Continuing research and large-scale demonstrations now under way will test alternative technologies and provide much-needed information regarding costs and environmental performance. Biomass can help meet state goals for increasing the amounts of electricity and fuels from renewable resources under the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), and can similarly help meet national biofuel targets under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Internationally consistent sustainability standards and practices are needed to inform policy and provide direction and guidance to industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-177
Number of pages10
JournalCalifornia Agriculture
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

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    Jenkins, B. M., Williams, R. B., Parker, N., Tittmann, P., Hart, Q., Gildart, M. C., Kaffka, S., Hartsough, B. R., & Dempster, P. (2009). Sustainable use of California biomass resources can help meet state and national bioenergy targets. California Agriculture, 63(4), 168-177. https://doi.org/10.3733/ca.v063n04p168