Evaluation the potential economic impacts of Taiwanese biomass energy production Academic Article uri icon


  • The Taiwanese rice paddy land set-aside program diverts a substantial land area. Given today's high energy prices and interests in energy security, that set-aside area could be converted to produce bioenergy feedstocks. This study evaluates the economic and environmental impacts of such a policy change using a Taiwanese agricultural sector model. The results show that such a strategy provides increased farm revenue, increased rural employment, increased energy sufficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions but also increased government expenditures. These outcomes indicate that the agricultural sector could play a positive role by producing renewable energy. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, C., McCarl, B., Chang, C., & Tso, C.

citation count

  • 28

publication date

  • May 2011