Bioenergy development in Kentucky: A SWOT-ANP analysis

Jonathan Catron, G. Andrew Stainback, Puneet Dwivedi, John M. Lhotka

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A hybrid Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats-Analytic Network Process (SWOT-ANP) framework was used to assess further development of biomass-based energy production in Kentucky. SWOT-ANP analyses were conducted with a focus group of forest policy experts in a statewide symposium on bioenergy development. Results show that participants perceive negative aspects associated with bioenergy development in Kentucky as more important than positive aspects. This suggests that various negative factors associated with bioenergy development may have to be addressed for ensuring its successful adoption in Kentucky. Results also show that factors influencing bioenergy development in Kentucky are interrelated and that SWOT-ANP can account for some of these interrelations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalForest Policy and Economics
StatePublished - Mar 2013

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The authors would like to thank the Director of the Kentucky Division of Biofuels, Mr. Tim Hughes, and the other organizers of the 17th Annual Kentucky Agricultural Summit for helping to organize the focus group. The support and cooperation of all the focus group participants is also greatly appreciated. Funding for this research was provided by the USDA McIntire-Stennis program .


  • Energy policy
  • Kentucky
  • Woody bioenergy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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