Modelling the promotion of biomass use: A case study of Thailand

Wianwiwat, S. and Asafu-Adjaye, J. (2011) Modelling the promotion of biomass use: A case study of Thailand. Energy, 36 3: 1735-1748. doi:10.1016/

Author Wianwiwat, S.
Asafu-Adjaye, J.
Title Modelling the promotion of biomass use: A case study of Thailand
Journal name Energy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0360-5442
Publication date 2011-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 1735
End page 1748
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This study develops a computable general equilibrium model of the Thailand economy which features several energy-specific enhancements. The model is used to simulate a number of potential policies to achieve the Thai government's biomass-generated electricity targets contained in its 15-year renewable energy development plan. Examples of simulations conducted with the model include increasing biomass-based electricity purchased from small and very small power producers and increasing other agricultural residue use in electricity generation. The results indicate that implementation of all of the biomass-based electricity promotion policies is likely to achieve the short-run target and reduce somewhat the importation of fuels. However, the policy causes a huge increase in prices of biomass. The sugarcane-based sectors are big winners, while the cassava-based sectors are big losers. The losses can, however, be partly mitigated by promoting other agricultural residue use in electricity generation.
Keyword Biomass
Computable general equilibrium modelling
Energy policy
Renewable energy development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 28 January, 2011.

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