EIA updates short-term biomass power forecasts

By Erin Voegele | May 11, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes 2017 and 2018 forecasts for biomass power generation.

The EIA currently predicts wood biomass will be used to generate 110,000 MWh per day of electricity this year and next year, down slightly from 111,000 MWh per day in 2016. Waste biomass is expected to generate 60,000 MWh per day of electricity in 2017, and 2018, maintaining the level generated in 2016.

The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.219 quadrillion Btu (quad) of wood biomass this year and next year, down from 0.222 quad in 2016. The sector consumed 0.287 quad of waste biomass last year. That level is expected to be maintained this year, increasing to 0.289 quad next year.

The industrial sector is expected to consume 1.25 quad of wood biomass this year, down from 1.283 quad last year. In 2017, consumption is expected to increase slightly to 1.239 quad. The industrial sector is also expected to consume 0.196 quad of waste biomass in 2017 and 2018, up from 0.186 quad last year.

The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.074 quad of wood biomass this year and next year, down from 0.082 quad in 2016. The sector consumed 0.049 quad of waste biomass last year, with that level expected to be maintained in 2017 and 2018.

The residential sector is expected to consume 0.394 quad of wood biomass this year, up from 0.373 quad last year. In 2018, consumption is expected to increase to 0.413 quad.

Across all sectors, wood biomass consumption is expected to reach 1.935 quad this year, down from 1.959 quad in 2016, and increasing to 1.945 quad in 2017. Waste biomass consumption is expected to reach 0.532 quad this year, up from 0.522 quad last year. In 2018, consumption of waste biomass is expected to increase to again, reaching 0.534 quad.