Biomass economics represents the choices that are made between the replicable facts of the biomass science and the boundaries and infrastructure created by biomass policy.  Another way to define economics is as the choices made in one time period to yield the consequences of a later time period.  A mission of Biomass Rules, LLC is to nudge the traditional perspectives a bit to bring new insights to the reader.  Representative biomass economics papers are:

Full Circle Waste to Energy – the RNG Story  In the 1970s major environmental laws were rewritten and strengthened the imposed stick rules on water, air, and solid waste.  It has taken another 50 years, but through Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) we are beginning to sell a high-valued fuel that was made by unwanted and poorly managed methane emissions.

Discerning Agribusiness in the Macroeconomy  What is the value of agribusiness in the US economy?  The short answer is, ‘we do not know exactly.’  The USDA, Economic Research Service has come up with a value, that is pretty good.  Only they show the value of agriculture and related industries in the US economy instead of agribusiness.  But ERS estimate the output of agriculture and related industries in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at $1.264 trillion dollars.

Academic Agribusiness in a Microeconomic Model  What does an academic agribusiness model look like?  The Greenville University Model includes: business identity, marketing, finance, and operations.  Traditional economics thrives on the micro/macroeconomic models, but teaching undergraduate economics at Greenville University has impressed upon me how inseparable micro and macro factors are.  This micro model is more directed at methods of teaching than operating a business.

Local, the Uneasy Substitute for Global unpacks the shift in the decades long rise in increasing global markets followed by a more recent increase in local, domestic markets.  There are multiple factors behind this, but the automatic reliance on finding unrealized comparative advantages by international trade is no longer the primary trend.

MAN-U-Re GOOD (Man You are Good!) is a Biomass Rules, LLC favorite.  Is it possible to have good manure? Yes.  It is also possible to have manure that has a value equal to the cost of managing it (breakeven), and there is also bad manure that really does cost more to handle than it is worth.  The point here is that managers get to choose.