July 23: Research Associate Kate Dickerson outlines biorefinery potential for Maine pulp mills in new report

July 23, 2008 – The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center releases a new report  “Maine Bioproducts Business Pathway” authored by Research Associate Kate Dickerson and Professor Jonathan Rubin, School of Economics.  This paper discusses the different processes that can be utilized in a Maine biorefinery to produce ethanol and acetic acid as initial products, with an emphasis on the “near-neutral” process.  The report analyzes potential investment and production costs for a biorefinery, based upon studies that have looked specifically at this type of evolution, as well as cellulosic biorefineries that are based upon other types of processes.  Included in the economic analysis are transportation costs for potential biorefineries in Maine. The report identifies pulp mills and proximities to wood resources and product transport costs to potential wholesale and retail customers in the state.