Quantification of employment from biomass power plants

Patricia Thornley, John Rogers, Ye Huang

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One of the attractions of developing bioenergy systems is the potential for job creation and economic development of rural economies. This paper seeks to quantify the expected employment impacts of individual bioenergy developments. The assessment includes agricultural labour growing energy crops for SRC and miscanthus options, transport and processing of the feedstock, staffing at the thermal conversion plant, employment within the equipment supply chain and the induced employment impact. Power only bioenergy systems are shown to typically create 1.27 man years of employment per GWh electricity produced, regardless of technology or scale of
implementation. CHP systems can create more than 2 man years of employment per GWh electricity produced, although most of this
enhanced economic impact can be attributed to the fact that a comparative analysis per unit of electricity produced ignores the heat output of the system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1922-1927
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008


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