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Power generation from woody biomass shows upward trend

By Erin Voegele | January 29, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its latest Monthly Energy Review, which includes biomass power generation statistics through Oct. 2012. According to the report, the use of woody biomass trended upward for the first 10 months of 2012, compared to prior years.

In Oct. the U.S. power sector consumed 29 trillion Btu of woody biomass for power production. The total for the first 10 months of the year was 303 trillion Btu. In comparison, the power sector consumed only 288 trillion Btu and 289 trillion Btu during the first 10 months of 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Consumption of biomass fuels categorized as waste held nearly steady when compared to prior years. The power sector consumed 23 trillion Btu of waste biomass fuel in Oct. 2012, and 228 trillion Btu during the first 10 months of the year. In 2011 and 2010, the power sector consumed a respective 230 trillion Btu and 233 trillion Btu during the first 10 months of the year. The EIA includes municipal solid waste from biogenic sources, landfill gas, sludge waste, agricultural byproducts and other biomass as waste biomass fuel. 

 

 

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