I am working on analyzing the impacts of an agro-energy project that will be spread over three counties. Biomass / agricultural production will occur in two and industrial conversion/processing will occur in the third. While the agricultural industry exists, production is currently for the ag markets, rather than bioenergy. Thus, I believe the appropriate approach is to create a new industry for each biomass/ ag production site and for the processing facility (rather than doing contribution analysis). I believe I need to establish separate models for each and then link them to determine the cumulative impacts. Please let me know if that is the correct approach. If not, any guidance you could provide for a more appropriate approach would be most appreciated. In the interim, I am following this approach and attempting to customize the study area data. When I select the industry, which in this case is forestry (sector 15), the data fields to the right are automatically populated. I do have the data from our project. Do I 'reset' or 'zero' out the industry data first before populating it with our project data? In addition, both the agricultural and industrial investments (project development) will occur over several years. Should I aggregate the inputs for all of the years and run impacts in one base year for simplicity sake or will that distort the results? Is it possible to or would you recommend spreading the input data over the years of project development? Thank you very much for your attention and I look forward to hearing from you.
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