publication . Article . Other literature type . Preprint . 2011

Climate Change Policy and the Adoption of Methane Digesters on Livestock Operations

Key, Nigel D.; Sneeringer, Stacy E.; Key, Nigel D.; Sneeringer, Stacy E.;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2011 Journal: SSRN Electronic Journal (eissn: 1556-5068, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Methane digesters—biogas recovery systems that use methane from manure to generate electricity—have not been widely adopted in the United States because costs have exceeded benefits to operators. Burning methane in a digester reduces greenhouse gas emissions from manure management. A policy or program that pays producers for these emission reductions—through a carbon offset market or directly with payments—could increase the number of livestock producers who would profit from adopting a methane digester. We developed an economic model that illustrates how dairy and hog operation size, location, and manure management methods, along with electricity and carbon pri...
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free text keywords: methane, methane digesters, manure, livestock, climate change, greenhouse gases, carbon offset, Environmental Economics and Policy, Financial Economics, Livestock Production/Industries, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy,, Environmental Economics and Policy, Financial Economics, Livestock Production/Industries, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy, methane, methane digesters, manure, livestock, climate change, greenhouse gases, carbon offset
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publication . Article . Other literature type . Preprint . 2011

Climate Change Policy and the Adoption of Methane Digesters on Livestock Operations

Key, Nigel D.; Sneeringer, Stacy E.; Key, Nigel D.; Sneeringer, Stacy E.;