EIA: 500,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in May

By Erin Voegele | August 22, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 80,000 tons in May, averaging $142.99 per ton, while exports for April reached 350,000 tons, averaging $135.12 per ton.

The data was released as part of August edition of the EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which primarily includes data from May.

As of May, the EIA said the monthly data collection included 88 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. These manufacturers had a total production capacity of 11.92 million tons per year. Collectively, they had an equivalent of 1,992 full-time employees.

During May, the respondents reported purchasing 970,000 tons of raw biomass feedstock, produced 500,000 tons of densified biomass fuel, and sold 430,000 tons of densified biomass fuel. According to the EIA, 100,581 tons of heating pellets were produced during the month, along with 398,941 tons of utility pellets.

The EIA currently lists 2.41 million tons of production capacity in the East, 9.39 million tons in the South and 904,320 tons in the West. The combined capacity for the U.S. is 12.71 million tons, with 11.87 million tons of that capacity listed as currently operating or temporarily not in operation. An additional 163,500 tons of capacity is listed as under construction.