FERC: 505 MW of biomass capacity planned through August 2022

By Erin Voegele | November 04, 2019

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published its latest monthly Energy Infrastructure Update on Nov. 1 showing that up to 505 megawatts (MW) of biomass power capacity is currently under development and could be installed by August 2022.

The report includes projections for electricity capacity additions and retirements spanning from September 2019 through August 2022. Currently, the report shows proposed additions of 54 biomass power production units with a combined capacity of 505 MW. According to the FERC, 25 biomass units with a combined capacity of 431 MW are currently listed as proposed editions that are under construction. The category “under construction” includes units that have started site preparation or construction. It also includes units that are in the testing phase.

FERC’s data also shows 31 biomass units with a combined capacity of 98 MW are currently proposed for retirement through August 2022.

The report shows no new biomass units were placed into service during August 2019. However, seven new biomass units with a combined capacity of 63 MW were placed into service during the first three quarters of 2019, compared to 12 units with a combined capacity of 101 MW that were placed into service during the same period of 2018.

Currently, the U.S. has 16.03 gigawatts (GW) of biomass capacity in place, accounting for approximately 1.34 percent of total U.S. capacity.

A full copy of the FERC’s Energy Infrastructure Update for September can be downloaded from the agency’s website