U.S. added 18 MW of biomass power capacity in February
In mid-March the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published its Energy Infrastructure Update for February 2013. The update notes that 11 biomass generation units were placed in service in February, including both new build and expansion projects. Together, these 11 units represent a total of 18 MW in installed capacity.
During the first two months of the year, a total of 25 new biomass power generation units were brought online. The 25 units have a combined installed capacity of 32 MW. In comparison, 20 new biomass units were brought online during the first two months of 2012, representing a combined generation capacity of 56 MW.
With the new units brought online in February, the U.S. now has a total of 15.11 GW of installed biomass power capacity. This equates to 1.3 percent of total U.S. capacity.
One project highlighted in the February update was New Energy Co. LLC’s 3.2 MW Rock Creek Dairy Digester in Twin Falls County, Idaho. According to the FERC report, the project consists of two Caterpillar Inc. Technology generators fired by biogas. Power generated by the project is sold to Idaho Power under a long-term contract.