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Office of Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU)

The Office of Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU) assists the Secretary of Agriculture in developing and coordinating Departmental energy policy, programs, and strategies.

Agricultural and Rural Energy Economics Symposium Series

The last decade has brought many changes in the relationship of energy to agriculture and rural economies. Agriculture once only a user of energy developed into a substantial energy produced through corn and soybean sourcing of biofuels. Furthermore, since 2007 rural America came to the epicenter of shale gas extraction and wind energy integration in the electricity web of the United States. As the impacts of energy interconnections to agriculture and rural areas evolve, the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA (OEPNU USDA) strives to keep a pulse on developments and provide a forum of discussion of the implications of such evolving inter-relationships.

OEPNU has partnered with the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) on a series of symposia that explore the nuances of the economics of the agricultural, energy and rural development nexus and highlight new research, best practices, and local and regional assessments. Each symposium highlights the work of experts across government, academia, and industry and identifies key forward thinking questions that guide future perspectives.

The compendium of proceedings of each symposium is assembled to summarize the state of the science as well as a way forward.

Pre-series Workshop (webinar): Shale Oil and Gas Development. Data and Recent Research on Local Consequences
Symposium 1: Powering Prosperity. Bioeconomy Policy to Stimulate Growth
Symposium 2: Energizing the U.S. Economy: Rural America at the Epicenter of America's Energy Future
Symposium 3: The Intentional Bio-Economy Evolution Luncheon Keynote Panel Speech Series The Bio-Economy: Technology and Policy Path Forward
Symposium 4: American-Made Bioenergy from Field to Refinery: Feedstock Logistics

View all of the videos related to OEPNU and C-FARE events on YouTube.

Sponsors
Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA (OEPNU USDA)
Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (CFARE)

Additional Details
For more information, contact: Harry Baumes

Latest Reports

Indicators of the U.S. Biobased Economy: Jay S. Golden, Robert Handfield, Janire Pascual-Gonzalez, Ben Agsten, Taylor Brennan, Lina Khan and Emily True

FACTSHEET: Alternative Aviation Fuel: Preethy Thangaraj, Gal Hochman

FACTSHEET: Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage: P. Thangaraj, S. Okoye , B. Gordon, D. Zilberman, G. Hochman

FACTSHEET: Biofuels: Preethy Thangaraj, David Zilberman, Gal Hochman

FACTSHEET: Bioproducts: P. Thangaraj, B. Gordon, D. Zilberman, Dustin Wang, G. Hochman

FACTSHEET: Duckweed as Biomass: Preethy Thangaraj, Eric Lam, Gal Hochman

FACTSHEET: Manipulation to Improve Sustainability of Biomass Production: Preethy Thangaraj, Robin Brumfield, Gal Hochman

Marcellus Shale Gas Development and Farming: Kyle A. Hoy, Irene M. Xiarchos, Timothy W. Kelsey, Kathryn J. Brasier, and Leland L. Glenna

Life cycle energy and greenhouse gas emission effects of biodiesel in the United States with induced land use change impacts:  Rui Chen, Zhangcai Qin, Jeongwoo Han, Michael Wanga (Systems Assessment Group, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois); Farzad Taheripour, Wallace Tyner (Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, Indiana); Don O'Connor ((S&T)2 Consultants Inc., BC, Canada; James Duffield (Office of the Chief Economist, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC).

The Economic Impacts of U.S. Tariffs for Ethanol and Biodiesel:  Michael Helmar is Research Manager, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, University of Nevada, Reno; Stanley R. Johnson is Board Chair, National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, Washington, DC and Assistant to the Dean, College of Agriculture Biotechnology and Natural Resources, University of Nevada, Reno; Robert Myers is University Distinguished Professor. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; Jarrett Whistance is  Program Leader, Biofuel Market and Policy Analysis at FAPRI, University of Missouri, Columbia, and Harry Baumes is Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses/Office of the Chief Economist/USDA. Washington DC.

Coal-Power Plants Rejuvenated With Biomass: An Economic, Social, and Environmentally Sustainable Transition to Clean Power:  Sarah Stutzman, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; Brandon Weiland, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; Juan Sesmero, Paul Preckel, and Michael Wetzstein, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; James Duffield, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, USDA - August 2017

Wind Energy Land Distribution in the United States of America:  Irene M. Xiarchos, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA; Avery Sandborn, Spatial Analysis Research Section, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA - July 2017

New Dynamics in Fossil Fuel and Renewable Energy for Rural America:  Jason P. Brown, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Roger Coupal, University of Wyoming; Claudia Hitaj, Economic Research Service, USDA; Timothy W. Kelsey, Penn State University; Richard S. Krannich, Utah State University; Irene M. Xiarchos, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA - July 2017

Dynamic Volatility Spillovers in Agricultural and Energy Commodities: Irene M. Xiarchos, Natural Resource Economist and Policy Analyst, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and  J. Wesley Burnett, Assistant Professor, Economics Department, College of Charleston. From the Proceedings of the 22nd Federal Forecaster’s Conference: The Potential for Big Data in Forecasting, held in Washington, DC April 20, 2017. Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2017.

Unconventional Shale Gas Development and Agriculture in the Appalachian Basin Marcellus: Exploratory Analysis of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Irene Margaret Xiarchos, USDA OCE Office of Energy Policy and New Uses; Kyle Hoy, Kelly Doyle, Megan Romania, Kathy Brasier, Leland Glenna, Timothy Kelsey Pennsylvania State University and Penn State Center for Economic and Community Development

U.S. Biodiesel/Renewable Diesel Market:  This report is a graphical presentation of the U.S. biomass-based diesel market, including historical production, trade, and impact of Government policies.  Prepared by Earnest Carter, Office of Global Analysis, FAS/USDA. 

2015 Energy Balance for the Corn-Ethanol Industry: Paul W. Gallagher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University; Winnie C.  Yee, Chemical Engineer, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Crop Conversion Science and Engineering Research Unit; Harry S. Baumes, Ph.D., Director, USDA, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses - February 2016

Literature Review of Estimated Market Effects of U.S. Corn Starch Ethanol: Prepared by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri, February 2016

U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions, Edited by James, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, USDA, Robert Johansson, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, and Seth Meyer, World Agricultural Outlook Board, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA - October 2015

Assessment of the National Prospects for Electricity Generation from Biomass: Purdue University, State Utility Forecasting Group, David G. Nderitu, Paul V. Preckel, Douglas J. Gotham, Elizabeth A. Dobis, April 2014

Renewable Chemicals & Materials Opportunity Assessment: Prepared by Nexant for the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S.Department of Agriculture - January 2014

A National Survey of Biobased Product Companies - DRAFT: R. A. Cox, Director, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS); S. Devlin, Director, Business Development Program, University of Missouri Extension; R. Basu
Economics Specialist, CIRAS, Iowa State University. Ames, Iowa, August - 2013

Results of a National Survey of Biobased Product Companies: R. A. Cox, Director, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS); S. Devlin, Director, Business Development Program, University of Missouri Extension; R. Basu
Economics Specialist, CIRAS, Iowa State University. Ames, Iowa - March 2013

Factors Affecting the Adoption of Wind- and Solar-Power Generating Systems on U.S. Farms: Experiences at the State Level: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a report that evaluates factors affecting state-level adoption rates of solar- and wind- power generating systems in U.S agriculture. Irene M. Xiarchos, Natural Resource Economist and Policy Analyst, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture and William Lazarus, Professor and Extension Economist, Department of Applied
Economics, University of Minnesota

Biobased Automobile Parts Investigation: Developed for the USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Christine Andresen, Christina Demuth, Austin Lange, Paul Stoick, Rudy Pruszko - September 2012

Occupational and Workforce Characteristics of Green Jobs: A Task-Based Approach to Defiing Green Jobs, David Peters and liesl Eathington, Iowa State University - June 25, 2012