Managing R&D Risk in Renewable Energy: Biofuels vs. Alternate Technologies

Managing R&D Risk in Renewable Energy: Biofuels vs. Alternate Technologies

Gordon Rausser, Reid Stevens, and Kiran ToraniUniversity of California, Berkeley The government’s use of upstream R&D investments and downstream incentives for renewable energy is intended to achieve commercial breakthroughs in biofuels, batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen, solar, and wind energy. The private sector…

Indirect Land Use Change: A Second-best Solution to a First-class Problem

Indirect Land Use Change: A Second-best Solution to a First-class Problem

David Zilberman and Gal HochmanUniversity of California, BerkeleyDeepak RajagopalUniversity of California, Los Angeles Concern about the possible effects of biofuels on deforestation have led to assigning biofuel producers with the responsibility for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the indirect landuse changes…

Transgenic Trees for Biomass: The Effects of Regulatory Restrictions and Court Decisions on the Pace of Commercialization

Transgenic Trees for Biomass: The Effects of Regulatory Restrictions and Court Decisions on the Pace of Commercialization

Roger A. SedjoResources for the Future Wood has great potential as a bioenergy source, both as a feedstock for liquid biofuels for the transport sector and also as biomass, a direct source of energy that can be used to produce electric power….

Targets and Mandates: Lessons Learned from EU and US Biofuels Policy Mechanisms

Targets and Mandates: Lessons Learned from EU and US Biofuels Policy Mechanisms

Jadwiga ZiolkowskaUniversity of California at BerkeleyWilliam H. Meyers, Seth Meyer, and Julian BinfieldFood and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) The United States and the European Union have taken different paths in the design and implementation of biofuel policy measures. In the European…