Author

Omkar Joshi

Advisor

Grebner, Donald L.

Committee Member

Munn, Ian A.

Committee Member

Henderson, James E.

Committee Member

Grala, Robert K.

Committee Member

Grado, Stephen C.

Date of Degree

1-1-2013

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Major

Forestry

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

College

College of Forest Resources

Department

Department of Forestry

Abstract

While the southeastern United States, including the state of Mississippi, has a strong natural resource base, woody biomass is not fully utilized to produce bioenergy in this region. This study intended to explore opportunities, issues, and the economic potential of wood-based bioenergy in the state of Mississippi. Realizing the importance of private forest landowner decisions in sustaining a bioenergy feedstock supply, one aim of this study was to understand their choices for preferred harvesting methods of supplying woody biomass for wood-based bioenergy industries. Study results indicated that landowners were interested in optimizing revenue from woody biomass utilization while minimizing damage to the surrounding environment and facilitating less site preparation. Similarly, by administering a survey instrument, total and unused volumes of residues in primary and secondary mill operations were also estimated. Availability of woody residue was higher in the primary wood processing industry. Similarly, the likelihood of getting feedstock would be higher if a wood-based bioenergy generating facility could be located near a larger, year round operational forest product industry. This study further accounted for the potential direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of a state wood-based bioenergy industry. Three potential wood-based bioenergy industries namely wood-pellet, bio-oil and methanol-based gasoline facilities were considered for an economic analysis. Study results revealed that operation of a wood-pellet industry would contribute 82 full- and part-time jobs to the economy with $12 million worth of economic output to the Mississippi economy. Likewise, the operation of a bio-oil industry would generate 165 new full- and part-time jobs and provide an economic output of $17 million. Also, $96 million in economic output and 795 full- and part-time more jobs would be added by establishing a methanol-based gasoline industry. Clearly, these impacts are substantial and are likely to draw the attention of policy makers and investors towards wood-based bioenergy in Mississippi.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16561

Comments

landowners||economic analysis||bioenergy industry||woody biomass||mill residues||Choice experiment

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