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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.
Keywords: electricity
natural gas
wind energy
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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