FERC: US adds biomass power capacity in July

By Erin Voegele | September 28, 2017

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released its Energy Infrastructure Update for July, reporting that 206 MW of biomass power capacity were installed during the first seven months of 2017, up from 50 MW during the same period of 2016.

The U.S. added three biomass units with a combined 5 MW of capacity in July. In its report, the FERC highlighted Bio Energy (Ohio III) LLC’s 5 MW landfill gas-fired Brown County LFG Project in Brown County, Ohio, which was brought online in July.

During the first seven months of this year, the U.S. placed into service 17 biomass units with a combined 2016 MW of capacity. During the same period of last year, 21 biomass units with a combined 50 MW of capacity were brought into service.

Overall, 351 power generation units with a combined 17,592 MW of capacity were placed into service in the U.S. from January through July. In addition to the biomass units, this includes 60 natural gas units with a combined capacity of 10,730, one nuclear unit with 102 MW of capacity, one oil unit with 14 MW of capacity, five hydro units with a combined 13 MW of capacity, 38 wind units with a combined 3,942 MW of capacity, one geothermal steam unit with 18 MW of capacity, 214 solar units with a combined 2,346 MW of capacity, one waste heat unit with 220 MW of capacity, and 13 units classified as “other” with a combined capacity of 1 MW. No coal units were brought online during the first seven months of the year.

As of the close of July, the U.S. has 16.83 GW of installed biomass capacity, accounting for 1.41 percent of total U.S. capacity.