Energy Policy Legacy

[PHOTO]Energy policy seminar
Bruce Babcock (standing) presents a seminar on energy policy issues. Babcock, the Cargill Chair of Energy Economics at Iowa State University, lead the Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy effort.
Through the energy policy platform, Iowa NSF EPSCoR researchers explored how economists and engineers can collaborate on energy policy and advise policy makers on renewable energy and energy efficiency issues. Policy can be as important as technology development in advancing the commercialization of renewable energy, and poorly crafted policy can lead to unintended consequences.

Achievements

Produced analysis of EPA’s decision to reduce RFS targets and the impact of RFS on fuel prices at the pump.

Studied impact of expanded biofuel production on conversion of land to agriculture.

Estimated willingness of consumers to pay for ethanol in E85 and E10 blends.

Researched cost and feasibility of meeting RFS consumption targets.

Authored energy policy briefings that have generated nearly 19,000 downloads over the five-year period and have been widely cited.

Co-sponsored a conference on economics of biofuels at U.C. Berkeley.

Organized seminar and workshop series to create a network of interest in energy policy.

Energy Policy Seminars

The platform organized a series of energy policy seminars featuring invited experts from around the country and beyond. These seminars were held for the university audience and anyone else who wanted to learn more about energy policy issues. The series featured speakers from Berkeley, Harvard, UCLA, USDA, Utrecht, Texas, Davis, Ontario, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Lawrence Livermore, Purdue, Texas Tech, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT.

Click on a speaker to see details of their presentation (listed oldest to most recent).

  • Conducting Economic Research to Impact Policy Decisions
    Nick Paulson
    Nick Paulson
    Associate professor, agricultural and consumer economics, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

    Conducting Economic Research to Impact Policy Decisions

    Paulson discusses how economists inform and shape policy decisions resulting in impactful academic policy outcomes and funding. This seminar also provides examples of biofuel policy projects and commodity programs for the 2014 Farm Bill.

    Presented Nov. 29, 2012

  • Energy Sustainability and the Roles of Bioenergy
    Marc Rosen
    Marc Rosen
    Professor of mechanical engineering, University of Ontario of Technology

    Energy Sustainability and the Roles of Bioenergy

    Rosen presents on energy sustainability and the roles of bioenergy. He examines what factors need to be considered and appropriately addressed in moving towards energy sustainability.

    Presented Dec. 6, 2012

  • Clean Technology Adoption Under Climate Policies: Tradable Permits vs. Carbon Tax
    Chung-Li Tseng
    Chung-Li Tseng
    Associate professor of operations management, University of New South Wales, Australia, Business School

    Clean Technology Adoption Under Climate Policies: Tradable Permits vs. Carbon Tax

    Using the Australian carbon tax situation as a case study, Chung-Li Tseng applies research findings to showcase permits and tax. Tseng also acknowledges that political uncertainty may affect the induction of clean technology.

    Presented Jan. 31, 2013

     

  • What is Driving Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Prices? Insight from a Medium-run RIN Pricing Model
    Robert Johansson
    Robert Johansson
    Chief economist, United States Department of Agriculture

    What is Driving Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Prices? Insight from a Medium-run RIN Pricing Model

    Johansson recommends a model that could be used in conjunction with government estimates for corn, soybean, ethanol, and biodiesel production and consumption. The model investigates which important factors underlie RIN prices.

    Presented Apr. 11, 2013.

  • Cellulosic Ethanol: Are We Finished with Forty Years of Being Five Years Away from Commercialization?
    Kathy Halvorsen
    Kathy Halvorsen
    Professor of natural resource policy, Michigan Technological University.

    Cellulosic Ethanol: Are We Finished with Forty Years of Being Five Years Away from Commercialization?

    With the need for more cellulosic ethanol, Halvorsen focuses on policy dimensions, the challenges behind commercialization, and future projections for the biofuel form.

    Presented on Apr. 25, 2013

  • Harnessing Electric Vehicle Demand Flexibility
    Ross Baldick
    Ross Baldick
    Professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Texas at Austin

    Harnessing Electric Vehicle Demand Flexibility

    Baldick illustrates how harnessing demand flexibility can enable renewable integration.

    Presented May 1, 2013.

  • Forecasting Supply and Demand Balance in California's Cap and Trade Market
    James Bushnell
    James Bushnell
    Professor of economics, University of California, Davis; and research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

    Forecasting Supply and Demand Balance in California's Cap and Trade Market

    Bushnell presents his research forecasting emissions and prices, specifically in the California emission market and its equilibrium probabilities.

    Presented Sept. 10, 2013

     

  • Biobased Economy; Quo Vadis?
    Andre Faaij
    Andre Faaij
    Professor of energy system analysis, scientific director, Copernicus Institute; and head of unit in the department of energy & resources, University of Utrecht

    Biobased Economy; Quo Vadis

    Faaij discusses the market developments for biomass energy and materials, and the importance of the biobased economy. Faaij details how problems are avoidable by properly managing land and increasing resource efficiency. Faaij then discusses viewpoints on moving forward.

    Presented Oct. 3, 2013

  • Co-firing in Coal Power Plants and its Impact on Biomass Feedstock Availability
    Jerome Dumortier
    Jerome Dumortier
    Assistant professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

    Co-firing in Coal Power Plants and its Impact on Biomass Feedstock Availability

    Dumortier examines the effects of local biomass supply and the demand of different co-firing policies imposed on 398 existing coal-fired power plants.

    Presented Mar. 24, 2014

  • Life Cycle Assessment: A Tool to Inform Energy Polic
    Paul Adler
    Paul Adler
    Research agronomist, U.D. Dept. of Agriculture

    Life Cycle Assessment: A Tool to Inform Energy Policy

    Adler talks about life cycle assessment methods and how they have been used to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions associated with different crop production systems and feedstock conversion technologies.

    Presentation May 4, 2014

  • Electricity Market Design and the Green Agend
    William Hogan
    William Hogan
    Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group

    Electricity Market Design and the Green Agenda

    Hogan’s seminar proposes that electricity market design can promote efficiency and innovation or stand as a barrier to overcome.

    Presentation Apr. 24, 2014

  • Quantifying Intensive and Extensive Margin Adaptation Responses to Climate Change: A Study of California's Residential Electricity Consumption
    Maximilian Auffhammer
    Maximilian Auffhammer
    Associate professor, international area studies and agricultural and resource economics, University of California at Berkeley

    Quantifying Intensive and Extensive Margin Adaptation Responses to Climate Change: A Study of California's Residential Electricity Consumption

    Auffhammer suggests that the demand for electricity will increase in California as households continue to operate air conditioners. By using a two-stage method, Auffhammer shows that accounting capital investment leads to higher projections of electricity consumption.

    Presentation May 5, 2014

  • Firm Behavior and Emissions Under Emission Intensity Regulation: Evidence from Alberta's Specified Gas Emitters Regulation
    Deepak Rajagopal
    Deepak Rajagopal
    Assistant professor of urban planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

    Firm Behavior and Emissions Under Emission Intensity Regulation: Evidence from Alberta's Specified Gas Emitters Regulation

    Rajagopal discusses the implications of analyzed firm-level data from one-of-a-kind EI regulation. Research shows that regulation has no impact on annual emissions or average facility intensity.

    Presentation Sept. 11, 2014

  • Perspectives on Advanced Manufacturing and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
    S. Jack Hu
    S. Jack Hu
    Mechanical, industrial and operations engineering professor &J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing, University of Michigan

    Perspectives on Advanced Manufacturing and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

    Hu explores two case studies involving scientific methods and technological innovations. Along with offering a personal perspective on important topics, Hu also discusses the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

    Presented Feb. 15, 2016

  • Prospects for Biofuels in a Changing Environment: Flexible-fuel Vehicle Adoption and the Impact on US Biofuel Market
    Sheldon (Xiaodong) Du
    Sheldon (Xiaodong) Du
    Assistant professor in agricultural and applied economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; member, Wisconsin Energy Institute

    Prospects for Biofuels in a Changing Environment: Flexible-fuel Vehicle Adoption and the Impact on US Biofuel Market

    Du characterizes the spatial and temporal patterns of FFV adoption and development of E85 retail stations across the US regional markets. Du also investigates the driving forces of FFV adoption and developed a partial equilibrium model of the US biofuel market.

    Presentation Dec. 4, 2014

  • The Challenge of Creating a Low-Carbon Economy in the Age of Natural Gas
    Roger Aines
    Roger Aines
    Carbon Fuel Cycle Innovations Program leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    The Challenge of Creating a Low-Carbon Economy in the Age of Natural Gas

    Aines discusses US progress in carbon capture and storage (CCS), focusing on Department of Energy programs. Aines incorporates the impacts of gas production, projections for the future of gas, and the potential for truly zero- or negative-carbon technology.

    Presentation Feb. 19, 2015

  • The Feasibility, Costs, and Environmental Implications of Large-scale Biomass Energy
    Niven Winchester
    Niven Winchester
    Environmental energy economist, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

    The Feasibility, Costs, and Environmental Implications of Large-scale Biomass Energy

    Niven Winchester develops a detailed representation of bioenergy in a global economy-wide model and a global carbon dioxide price scenario to determine the feasibility, costs, and implications of large-scale biomass energy.

    Oct. 17, 2015

  • Land-use Changes Through 2050: Highlights from a Global Agro-economic Model Comparison
    Dominique van der Mensbrugghe
    Dominique van der Mensbrugghe
    Research professor, director, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University

    Land-use Changes Through 2050: Highlights from a Global Agro-economic Model Comparison

    Dominique van der Mensbrugghe assesses the concerns and impacts of climate change through a study done by the Agricultural Modeling Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). This seminar describes its key components, harmonization assumptions, land-use specification, and the range of land-use outcomes.

    Presentation Mar. 9, 2015

  • Is Performance Regulation Based on Life Cycle Assessment Feasible?
    Richard Plevin
    Richard Plevin
    Research scientist, Sustainable Transportation Energy Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Berkeley

    Is Performance Regulation Based on Life Cycle Assessment Feasible?

    Richard Plevin discusses the semantics and uses of the life cycle assessment (LCA), epistemological issues with “carbon intensity,” the challenges of modeling complex environmental problems, and the requirements for a successful performance-based regulation.

    Presentation Apr. 6, 2015

  • Second-Generation Ethanol and Colombian Biofuel
    Carlos Grateron & Luis Enrique Prado
    Carlos Grateron & Luis Enrique Prado
    Carlos Grateron, chemist, Industrial University of Santander. Luis Enrique Prado, assistant distillery director, Incauca S.A.

    Second-Generation Ethanol and Colombian Biofuel

    Grateron and Prado give an international perspective on second-generation ethanol. They discuss Colombian biofuel policies, the Biofuels National Program, 1G ethanol production results, and 2G ethanol challenges.

    Presented Sept. 30, 2015

     

  • California's Innovative Policies to Fight Climate Change
    Anthy Alexiades
    Anthy Alexiades
    Air resources engineer, California Air Resources Board

    California's Innovative Policies to Fight Climate Change

    Alexiades gives an overview of California’s multi-pronged strategies and delves into the design of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) by discussing its challenges, successes and lessons learned.

    Presented Oct. 21, 2015

  • Mitigate, Adapt, or Suffer: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts
    Katharine Hayhoe
    Katharine Hayhoe
    Associate professor of public administration, Texas Tech University; University’s Climate Science Center director

    Mitigate, Adapt, or Suffer: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts

    Hayhoe explores the relationship between global temperature targets and projected future changes in a series of regional impact-relevant metrics. In the end, Hayhoe and the audience attempts to answer the question: To what extent do differences in global targets translate into differences in impacts on the Midwest?

    Presented Apr. 21, 2015

  • Costs and Benefits of Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction and Exports: Life Cycle GHGs, Air Emissions and Road Impacts
    Constantine Samaras
    Constantine Samaras
    Assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

    Costs and Benefits of Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction and Exports: Life Cycle GHGs, Air Emissions and Road Impacts

    Samaras highlights research efforts surrounding unconventional natural gas including monetized regional life cycle air quality, benefits, and infrastructure damages. Samaras also discusses Marcellus Shale’s natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania, and the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions and costs associated with US liquefied natural gas exports.

    Presented May 4, 2015

  • The Pass-through of RIN Prices to Wholesale and Retail Fuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard
    James H. Stock
    James H. Stock
    Harold Hitching Burbank Professor of Political Economy; member, Harvard Kennedy School faculty

    The Pass-through of RIN Prices to Wholesale and Retail Fuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

    As a former economic advisor to the White House, Stock presents on the extent to which RIN prices are passed to the price of obligated fuels and provides econometric results that complement the graphical analysis in Burkholder (2015). Stock analyzes daily RIN data, and observes the transmission of RIN prices to retail fuel prices and the price of E85.

    Presented Apr. 4, 2016

  • Transition Costs for Cellulosic Biofuels: Overcoming the Mountain of Despair
    Nathan Parker
    Nathan Parker
    Assistant research professor, Arizona State University’s School of Geography Science and Urban Planning.

    Transition Costs for Cellulosic Biofuels: Overcoming the Mountain of Despair

    Parker examines transition costs and risks to the economic potential of cellulosic biofuels and its policy incentives. Parker argues that costs are poorly defined and are important in enforcing better policy.

    Presented Mar. 2, 2016

  • Hotelling Under Pressure
    Soren Anderson
    Soren Anderson
    Associate professor, economics and agricultural, food, and resource economics, Michigan State University.

    Hotelling Under Pressure

    Anderson reformulates Hotelling’s exhaustible resource extraction as a drilling problem model to explain how Texas oil production does not respond to oil prices when responding to drilling activity and costs.

    Presented Mar. 25, 2016

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Energy Policy Workshops

This monthly series of workshops was designed for the consumption of scholars and graduate students. The aim was to improve communication and promote cross-disciplinary work between social scientists and engineers.
Click on a speaker to see details of their presentation (listed oldest to most recent).
  • Overview of a RIN Simulation Model and Outlook for Crops and Biofuels in 2013
    Bruce Babcock
    Bruce Babcock
    Platform leader, Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy platform; and professor of economics, Iowa State University.

    Overview of a RIN Simulation Model and Outlook for Crops and Biofuels in 2013

    Babcock covers numerical methods used to build stochastic simulations of policy and market shocks and their impact on feedstock and biofuel markets as well as RIN valuation.

    Presented Oct. 26, 2012

  • Numerical Methods for (Regulated) "Market Systems" Models
    Ross Morrow
    Ross Morrow
    Assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Iowa State University.

    Numerical Methods for (Regulated) "Market Systems" Models

    Morrow presents on computational methods for real-scale market systems models including regulation to establish coercivity and existing methods for computing equilibria.

    Presented Nov. 9, 2012

  • AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy Competitive Grants Program
    John Beghin & Sebastian Pouliot
    John Beghin & Sebastian Pouliot
    Professors of Economics, Iowa State University

    AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy Competitive Grants Program

    Beghin and Pouliot discuss what to propose to the RFP of USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy Competitive Grants Program, and identify potential research ideas and themes that fit the RFP.

    Presented Jan. 22, 2013

  • Successful Sustainable Design at the Intersection of Engineering and Human Behavior
    Erin MacDonald
    Erin MacDonald
    Assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Iowa State University.

    Successful Sustainable Design at the Intersection of Engineering and Human Behavior

    MacDonald speaks about layout optimization with respect to landowner concerns, the design for the consideration of sustainable consumer products, and the broad recommendations for market-successful sustainable design.

    Presented Apr. 5, 2013

  • The Demand for E85: Geographical Location and Capacity Constraints of Fuel Stations
    Sebastien Pouliot
    Sebastien Pouliot
    Professor of economics, Iowa State University.

    The Demand for E85: Geographical Location and Capacity Constraints of Fuel Stations

    Pouliot presents on shaping the demand for ethanol, particularly E85 and the geography and capacity of fuel stations.

    Sebastien Pouliot was an Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy workshops and seminars series organizer.

    Presented Sept. 27. 2013

  • Identifying a Theme for Funding
    John Beghin
    John Beghin
    Professor of economics, Iowa State University.

    Identifying a Theme for Funding

    Beghin asks his audience to identify themes on the sustainability of bioplastics and the associated risk from individual, corporate and societal perspectives.

    Beghin was a platform leader for Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy.

    Presentation Nov. 13, 2013

     

  • A Top-down Analysis of Optimal Incentive Strategies in an Advanced Biofuel Market (part 2)
    Mark Mba Wright
    Mark Mba Wright
    Assistant professor ofmechanical engineering, Iowa State University.

    A Top-down Analysis of Optimal Incentive Strategies in an Advanced Biofuel Market (part 2)

    Wright discusses the nature of techno-economic challenges and describes an analytical framework of the economic strategies of biofuel industry agents.

    Presented Nov. 20, 2013

  • Biofuel Supply Chain and Bottom-up Market Equilibrium Model for Production and Policy Analysis
    Guiping Hu
    Guiping Hu
    Associate professor, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, Iowa State University.

    Biofuel Supply Chain and Bottom-up Market Equilibrium Model for Production and Policy Analysis

    Hu challenges her audience to think about biofuel supply chain design and market equilibrium models for production and policy analysis. She investigates the biofuel supply chain facility location, capacity at strategic levels, and biofuel production decisions at operational levels while presenting Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP).

    Presented Jan. 31, 2014

  • Potential Competition for Biomass Between Biopower and Biofuel Under RPS and RFS2
    Lizhi Wang
    Lizhi Wang
    Associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Iowa State University.

    Potential Competition for Biomass Between Biopower and Biofuel Under RPS and RFS2

    Wang uses a linear programming model to study the competition between biopower generation, biofuel production, and other interactions between the two policies.

    Presented Feb. 14, 2014

  • An Overview of the CARD/FAPRI Biofuel Model
    Amani Elobeid
    Amani Elobeid
    Lecturer, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and economics, Iowa State University.

    An Overview of the CARD/FAPRI Biofuel Model

    Elobeid describes the structure of the international ethanol model in the CARD/FAPRI agricultural modeling system with emphasis on the US and Brazil.

    Presented Mar. 11, 2014

  • The Impact of a Potential US-EU Free Trade Agreement on Biofuel and Feedstock
    John Beghin, Jean-Christophe Bureau, Alexandre Gohin
    John Beghin, Jean-Christophe Bureau, Alexandre Gohin
    John Beghin is platform leader for Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy and economics professor, Iowa State University. Jean-Christophe Bureau is professor of economics, AgroParisTech, University of Paris-Saclay. Alexandre Gohin is a senior researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA-Rennes Centre), France

    The Impact of a Potential US-EU Free Trade Agreement on Biofuel and Feedstock

    Beghin, Bureau, and Gohin assesses the impact of a potential US-EU free trade agreement on respective markets of interest for the bio-energy economy (feedstock, ethanol, bio-diesel, and related crops competing with feedstock) and for the US, EU, and major global players for these markets.

    Presented Sept. 25, 2014

    John Beghin was platform leader for Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy and an economics professor at Iowa State University.

    Jean-Christophe Bureau is a professor of economics at AgroParisTech, University of Paris-Saclay.

    Alexandre Gohin is a senior researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA-Rennes Centre), France.

  • Climate Change and US Corn Yields
    Jonathan McFadden
    Jonathan McFadden
    Graduate student. economics, Iowa State University

    Climate Change and US Corn Yields

    McFadden offers his findings that regardless of climate change, yields in Midwestern counties will continue to rise over the next two decades.

    Presented Oct. 13, 2014

  • Effects of a Carbon Tax and Wind Power Penetration on CO2 Emissions in Wholesale Electric Power Markets
    Deung-Yong Heo
    Deung-Yong Heo
    Graduate student, economics, Iowa State University

    Effects of a Carbon Tax and Wind Power Penetration on CO2 Emissions in Wholesale Electric Power Markets

    Heo presents his paper on developing an empirically-based computational test bed of a wholesale electric power marker. It analyzes how the imposition of a carbon tax and increased penetration of wind power could impact CO2 emissions and other key outcomes.

    Nov. 17, 2014

  • Update of UI Biomass Project and ISU Power Plant Project
    Sara Maples, Ingrid Anderson, David Laird, Ferman Milster
    Sara Maples, Ingrid Anderson, David Laird, Ferman Milster
    David Laird is a professor and agronomy and environmental science at Iowa State University. Sara Maples is sustainability and research manager at the University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business. Ingrid Anderson is a compliance specialist at UI Energy Management; Ferman Milster is principal engineer at the UI Office of Sustainability

    Update of UI Biomass Project and ISU Power Plant Project

    [PHOTO]Ingrid Anderson
    Ingrid Anderson
    [PHOTO]Sara Maples
    Sara Maples
    [PHOTO]David Laird
    David Laird
    [PHOTO]Ferman Milster
    Ferman Milster

    The team provides an update about the biomass project and discuss the process to hire an ag services provider. They also give a progress report on the development of the sustainable fuel index.

     

    Presented Mar. 25, 2015

     

     

     

  • Impacts of an Increased Penetration of Flexible Fuel Vehicles on Imperfectly Competitive Biofuel Markets
    Leilei Zhang
    Leilei Zhang
    Graduate student, industrial and manufacturing system engineering, Iowa State University

    Impacts of an Increased Penetration of Flexible Fuel Vehicles on Imperfectly Competitive Biofuel Markets

    Zhang incorporates constant elasticity demand functions of different fuels in bottom-up equilibrium model framework considering imperfectly competitive biofuel markets. Zhang considers questions such as: What are the impacts of fuel substitution? Which stakeholders would benefit most from increased FFVs penetration? How does consumer surplus and social welfare change?

    Presented Apr. 15, 2015

  • Demand for Ethanol: Evidence from Consumer Choice Between E85 and E10
    Kenneth Liao
    Kenneth Liao
    Postdoctoral research associate. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University

    Demand for Ethanol: Evidence from Consumer Choice Between E85 and E10

    Liao presents his study on obtaining new transaction-level E85 sales data, provides new estimates of E85 demand, and showcases the average discount of E85 from stated preference data.

    Presented Oct. 14, 2015

  • Can Corn Stover Alone Meet the Cellulosic Mandate? An Optimal Pricing Mechanism for a Monoposonistic Buyer of Corn Stover
    Chao Li
    Chao Li
    Research assistant, economics, Iowa State University

    Can Corn Stover Alone Meet the Cellulosic Mandate? An Optimal Pricing Mechanism for a Monoposonistic Buyer of Corn Stover

    Li solves a monopsonistic optimization problem under feasibility constraints and compares college pricing policies to determine the optimal premium policy for a single plant. Li also analyzes the optimal price strategy for an existing plant if there is another plant is attempting to enter the industry.

    Presented Nov. 5, 2015

  • Learning Rates: Fundamentals and Application to Advance Biofuel Economic Analysis
    Mark Mba Wright
    Mark Mba Wright
    Assistant professor, mechanical engineering, Iowa State University

    Learning Rates: Fundamentals and Application to Advance Biofuel Economic Analysis

    Mark Mba Wright compares advanced optimal biofuel facility capacities and cost prediction based on economies-of-scale to the S-curve and Stanford-B learning cost models.

    Presented Jan. 20, 2016

  • China: An Emerging Market for Fuel Ethanol
    Amanda Raster
    Amanda Raster
    Graduate student, political science and sustainable agriculture, Iowa State University

    China: An Emerging Market for Fuel Ethanol

    Amanda Raster designs this workshop to answer questions surrounding China’s potential as a fuel ethanol market. Raster discusses China’s biofuel industry and projected bioethanol production figures, comparing ethanol shipment and what might impact emission related to land use change.

    Presented Feb. 8, 2016

  • Ultra-low Carbon Emissions from Coal-fired Power Plants through Bio-oil Co-firing and Bio-char Sequestration
    Qi Dang
    Qi Dang
    Postdoctoral researcher, Bioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University

    Ultra-low Carbon Emissions from Coal-fired Power Plants through Bio-oil Co-firing and Bio-char Sequestration

    Dang investigates a novel strategy for reducing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants through co-firing bio-oil and sequestering bio-char in agricultural lands.

    Presented Dec. 4, 2015

  • Feasibility of Meeting Increased Biofuel Mandates with E85
    Sebastien Pouliot
    Sebastien Pouliot
    Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy workshops and seminars series organizer; professor, economics, Iowa State University

    Feasibility of Meeting Increased Biofuel Mandates with E85

    Pouliot holds a workshop on estimating the demand for E85, reporting on how owners of flex vehicles responded to change in E85 price and findings that owners of current flex vehicles in US metro areas consume 250 million gallons of E85 on parity.

    Presented Feb. 17, 2016

  • Impacts of the Clean Power Plan: An Investigation Using the National Energy Modeling System
    Yu Wang
    Yu Wang
    Assistant professor, political science, Iowa State University

    Impacts of the Clean Power Plan: An Investigation Using the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS)

    Wang introduces the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) modeling structure for the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), and demonstrates NEMS capacity by modeling the potential impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).

    Presented Mar. 9, 2016

Leadership

Click on a person to learn more about these leaders of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy platform.

  • Bruce Babcock
    Professor, Economics
    Iowa State University
    Bruce Babcock
    Professor, Economics

    The energy policy platform was led by Babcock, a professor of economics, Cargill Endowed Chair of Energy Economics for the Center of Agricultural and Rural Development, and director of the Biobased Industry Center at Iowa State University.

    Along with Sebastien Pouliot, another Iowa NSF EPSCoR researcher, Babcock received the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s AAEA Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis based on work supported by the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Policy Platform.

  • John Beghin
    Professor, Economics
    Iowa State University
    John Beghin
    Professor, Economics

    Beghin led the seminars and workshops series, which were a main effort of the energy policy platform.

Professional Development

Click on a person to read how Iowa NSF EPSCoR helped faculty develop their careers and further their research.

  • Sebastien Pouliot
    Associate Professor, Economics
    Iowa State University
    Sebastien Pouliot
    Associate Professor, Economics

    Sebastien Pouliot is an agricultural economist, focusing on the demand for ethanol, one type of biofuel made mostly from corn.

    Iowa NSF EPSCoR provided Pouliot an opportunity to build a research program on the economics of biofuels and greatly increased national visibility. His research and outreach resulted in receiving professional Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s AAEA Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis. Pouliot also received tenure in part because of his work on Iowa NSF EPSCoR.

  • Alicia Rosburg
    Assistant Professor, Economics
    University of Northern Iowa
    Alicia Rosburg
    Assistant Professor, Economics

    Rosburg studied farmer risk perceptions using a survey of Midwest farmers. The project determined how farmers’ risk perceptions differed from the theoretical estimates of risk, and how risk perceptions differed among farmers in similar conditions and contexts. Results from this project are used to improve economic models that analyze and develop energy policy. Iowa NSF EPSCoR also helped Rosburg participate in workshops and conferences.

  • Yu Wang
    Assistant Professor, Political Science
    Iowa State University
    Yu Wang
    Assistant Professor, Political Science

    Yu Wang was a new faculty hire made possible in part by Iowa NSF EPSCoR, with an appointment in political science, focusing on energy policy.

    An Iowa NSF EPSCoR seed grant helped Wang jump start research on potential market for biofuels in China. She also presented at and attended the platform’s energy policy seminars and workshops. Wang took over teaching energy policy courses such as Biorenewables Law and Policy and International Biorenewables Law and Policy at Iowa State.

Seed Grant Impact

An Iowa NSF EPSCoR seed grant program increased participation of under‐represented junior faculty in energy policy research. These activities included development of an undergraduate course module by Georgeanne Artz and an extension programming effort by Keri Jacobs. Both are assistant professors of economics at Iowa State. The program also facilitated new research by several junior faculty members.

Outreach to Elected Officials

[PHOTO]Outreach
Iowa NSF EPSCoR resarcher Emily Heaton (red shirt) discusses biofuel crop miscanthus with congressional aides during a tour in 2014.
Iowa NSF EPSCoR’s energy policy platform held a number of events to inform public officials about issues involving energy policy. These included workshops on the renewable fuel standard for U.S. congressional members in Washington, D.C., hosting Iowa legislators in the laboratory, and tours of research activities in Iowa.

Broader Impacts

[FLYER]Extreme Weather
“Adapting to Weather Extremes: the Economic Impact in Iowa” was co-sponsored by Iowa NSF EPSCoR. The symposium focused on identifying the issues that come with extreme fluctuations in weather and mitigation strategies in areas of natural resource management, agriculture, economics, infrastructure, and policy.
Each platform of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR program was charged with developing broader Impacts and integrating them into their research projects. The goal was to build inter-disciplinary research groups, foster collaborations with industry, and communicate science to specialized and general audiences.In addition to its seminars, workshops, and papers, the energy policy platform included:

Sponsorship of symposiums with the University of Iowa Public Policy Center on renewable energy and adapting to weather extremes.

Support for the University of Iowa’s Obermann Center for a symposium on energy cultures.

Sustainability

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Policy can be as important as technology development in advancing the commercialization of renewable energy.

Iowa NSF EPSCoR activities led to funded research and a $4 million application (funding is pending) from USDA NIFA.

Researchers will leverage the Iowa NSF EPSCoR‐established network of energy policy experts to pursue additional funding support.

Increased study of biofuel policies has led to more fundable research questions, such as “what are the best compliance pathways with biofuel policies?” and “do consumers discount drop‐in biofuels?”

Biofuels policy research will continue at the Iowa State’s Biobased Industry Center.

Iowa State will continue to participate in Iowa congressional biofuels tours.

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[POSTER]Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy poligy
This poster highlights a few of the success stories from the Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy platform.
This page represents only a some of the highlights of the energy policy platform. See the Energy Policy main page.

Contact researchers who worked on the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Bioenergy platform.