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Development of a Renewable Fuels Roadmap & Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Supply for NYS (ST10994-1)

Pace University


In its February 2008 report, the Governor’s Renewable Energy Task Force (“the Task Force”) recommended that a Renewable Fuels Roadmap and Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Study for New York (“the Roadmap”) be developed. The Roadmap will assess critical environmental, capacity, technology, efficiency, and economic issues for renewable fuels. This assessment will provide policy makers with a better understanding of the possible impacts that increased use of renewable fuels might have on economic development, energy supplies and diversity, the environment, and public health. To assemble the Roadmap, Pace University Energy and Climate Center has put together a large team of 40 experts, including Antares Group, Inc. (selected future biofuels production pathways) , Cornell University (feedstock analysis), Cornell Cooperative Extension (stakeholder input), Iowa State University (economic impacts of biofuels production), Energy Environmental Research Associates, LLC (feedstock transportation and logistics, life-cycle analysis, public health issues), Energetics Group Inc., (stakeholder input), Farm Credit of Western New York (policy analysis), Pace Energy and Climate Center (economic impacts, workers in the biofuels industry), North East States for Coordinated Air Use Management (biofuels markets in New York and integration in the Northeast, emissions), and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (sustainability criteria, tracking, and verification).

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Project Description

At the completion of the project, we will have a significantly improved understanding of: •The amount of biomass in New York that can be harvested in a sustainable way to support a biofuels industry and where that biomass is located within the state; •The predicted economic impacts (including job creation) of a biofuels industry in New York; •The best locations for biorefineries (small scale and large scale) based on location of biomass and existing transportation infrastructure; •Life cycle analysis and public health effects of a NY Biofuels industry; •Strengths and opportunities in our current transport and infrastructure system; •The role of policy and development of a “policy tool kit” for NY Biofuels; •Other uses of biomass in the state; and •How New York Stakeholders view the potential of a NY Biofuels Industry.


A scientific approach to the goals of the Roadmap would benefit New York State (NYS) policymakers. If New York displaces one quarter of its transportation fuels with in-state biofuels, almost $7 billion would remain in the economy annually.

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Pace University
Attn: Loretta Musial 78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

Principle Investigator

Zywia Wojnar

Universities Involved

Rochester Institute of Technology
Pace University
SUNY College of Environmental Science an
Cornell University


Project Type:

Information Dissemination

Technologies Types:

Indigenous Resources

NYSERDA Contact Information

Judy Jarnefeld


R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST10994-1

Last Updated: 5/16/2014