About The Biomass Scenario Model

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About The Biomass Scenario Model

Supply Chain in the Biomass Scenario Model

The Biomass Scenario Model (BSM) was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office.

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Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory


The team developed the tool over a span of 15 years with inputs from multiple technical reviews and user workshops.


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BSM Development Timeline, Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory


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A Selection of Questions the BSM Can Answer

  • What points of leverage exist for accelerating the adoption of bioenergy?
  • How do particular incentives rank in terms of their effectiveness?
  • What supply-chain bottlenecks slow the growth of the bioeconomy?
  • How do tipping-point dynamics affect the dominance of particular bioenergy pathways?
  • What opportunities exist for coordinating incentives across the supply chain?

Incentives Represented in the BSM

  • Feedstock supply and logistics incentives
  • Biofuels production incentives
    • R&D investment
    • Production credits
    • Capital cost share
    • Loan guarantees
    • Tax reduction
  • Downstream incentives
    • Renewable fuel incentives
    • Distribution infrastructure
    • Dispensing station infrastructure
    • Fuel taxes and/or subsidies
    • Vehicle purchase incentives.