EIA releases densified biomass fuel data for July

By Erin Voegele | October 23, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the October edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, noting the 88 facilities that submitted data produced 576,521 tons of pellets in July, including 111,651 tons of heating pellets and 464,870 tons of utility pellets.

The 88 manufacturers that provided data to the EIA had a total production capacity of 11.92 million tons per year and collectively had an equivalent of 1,987 full-time employees.

During July, those 88 respondents purchased 1.04 million tons of raw biomass feedstock, produced nearly 580,000 million tons of densified biomass fuel, and sold approximately 490,000 tons of densified biomass fuel.

According to the EIA, domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 127,649 tons and averaged $146.92 per ton. Exports reached 364,625 tons and averaged $132.54 per ton.

Respondents reported having a combined 12.71 million tons of capacity in place, including 11.99 million tons categorized as currently operating or temporarily not in operation. An additional 163,500 tons of capacity is planned or under construction. Capacity reached 2.41 million tons in the East, 9.39 million tons in the South, and 904,320 tons in the West.

Facilities listed as planned or under construction include F.E. Wood & Sons-Natural Energy’s 37,000-ton facility in Maine, Enginuity Worldwide LLC’s 4,500-ton plant in Missouri, NWP Jasper LLC’s 120,000-ton plan tin Tennessee, and Mt. Taylor-WoodYouRecycle’s 2,000-ton facility in New Mexico.

Additional data on densified biomass fuel is available on the EIA’s website.