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Title: Carbon Markets and Methane Digesters: Potential Implications for the Dairy Sector
Authors: Key, Nigel D.
Sneeringer, Stacy E.
Authors (Email): Key, Nigel (NKEY@ers.usda.gov)
Keywords: anaerobic digester
carbon offsets
climate change
distribution
livestock
methane
JEL Codes: Q12
Q16
Q42
Q54
Q58
Issue Date: 2011-11
Abstract: Anaerobic digesters that capture and burn manure methane can provide a renewable source of energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Paying producers for these emission reductions—either directly or through a carbon offset market—could substantially increase digester adoption. However, there is likely to be wide variation in the scale, location, and characteristics of adopters, so these policies could have long run structural implications for the livestock sector. Using a model of digester profits and data from a nationally-representative survey of dairy operations we estimate the likely distribution of digester adoption and profits under different carbon price scenarios.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/117952
Institution/Association: Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics>Volume 43, Number 04, November 2011
Total Pages: 22
From Page: 569
To Page: 590
Collections:Volume 43, Number 04, November 2011

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