Bio-EESR: A Web Interactive Tool to Explore the Economic and Energy Security Implications of Biofuels

Bio-EESR: A Web Interactive Tool to Explore the Economic and Energy Security Implications of Biofuels


  • Rocío Uría-Martínez and Paul Leiby, Environmental Sciences Division
October 25, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm


Energy security was a central motivation behind the biofuel blending mandate first introduced by the Renewable Fuel Standard over one decade ago. However, discussions of the energy security impacts of biofuel are often limited to stating the number of gasoline gallons displaced. We use a mixture of optimization modeling methods and empirical analysis of historical data to explore the implications of biofuels on fuel market outcomes and several energy security dimensions (supply stability, price stability, and economic security). We employ a new web interactive tool (Bio-EESR) to communicate the methodological approach and findings from this research. During the presentation, we will navigate through the tool to discuss results from scenario analysis and request feedback on how to improve the usability of the tool.

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About the Speakers:

Rocío Uría-Martínez is an R&D associate in the Energy Analysis Team at ORNL. She obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2007 and her current focus is modeling energy systems and markets taking into account the interaction among physical, engineering, economic and regulatory aspects.

Paul Leiby is a Distinguished Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He leads the Energy Analysis Team for the Environmental Sciences Division. Recent research topics include the economic analysis of advanced vehicle technologies and alternative motor fuels, energy security and oil market modeling, the evaluation of emergency oil stockpiling policies and greenhouse gas emission policies.


After the CBES Forum, please plan to reconvene for further discussion and refreshments at 212 Whippoorwill Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

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Center for BioEnergy Sustainability Forum


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