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|Title: ||Economic Evaluation of Wind Energy as an Alternative to Natural Gas Powered Irrigation|
|Authors: ||Guerrero, Bridget L.|
Amosson, Stephen H.
Marek, Thomas H.
Johnson, Jeffrey W.
|JEL Codes: ||Q12|
|Issue Date: ||2010-05-01|
|Abstract: ||High natural gas prices have agricultural producers searching for alternative energy sources for irrigation. The economic feasibility of electric and hybrid (electric/wind) systems are evaluated as alternatives to natural gas powered irrigation. Texas Panhandle and Southern
Kansas farms are assessed with a quarter-mile sprinkler system, three crops, and two
pumping lifts. Breakeven points identify the price at which conversion from a natural gas
irrigation system to an electric or hybrid system is cost effective. Results indicate electricity is a more feasible energy source for irrigation and policy changes such as net metering are necessary to make hybrid systems viable.|
|Institution/Association: ||Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics>Volume 42, Number 02, May 2010|
|From Page: ||277|
|To Page: ||287|
|Collections:||Volume 42, Number 02, May 2010|
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