EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in February report

By Erin Voegele | February 08, 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide approximately 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2018 and 2019.

Wood biomass is expected to be used to generate approximately 115,000MWh per day of electricity in both 2018 and 2019. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate approximately 59,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 60,000 MWh per day next year.

The electric power sector is expected consume approximately 0.286 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass in 2018, increasing to 0.291 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.227 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 0.226 quad in 2019.

The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.165 quad of waste biomass in both 2018 and 2019, along with 1.243 quad of wood biomass in 2018, falling to 1.239 quad in 2019.

The commercial sector is currently expected to consume 0.045 quad of waste biomass and 0.08 quad of wood biomass in both 2018 and 2019.

The residential sector is expected to consume 0.413 quad of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.42 quad next year.