EIA predicts increase in biomass power

By Staff | April 02, 2013

In the February issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration has predicted power production from woody biomass will increase from 103 gigawatt hours (GWh) per day in 2012 to 106 GWh per day in 2013 and 110 GWh per day in 2014. Power production from waste biomass is also expected to increase this year, rising from 54 GWh per day in 2012 to 56 GWh per day in 2013. Overall, the EIA expects total electricity generation across all sectors to increase by 0.5 percent in 2013 and 0.8 percent in 2014.

The U.S. electric power sector consumed 177 trillion Btu of wood biomass power in 2012, along with 252 trillion Btu of waste biomass power in 2012. This is expected to increase to a relative 198 trillion Btu and 260 trillion Btu in 2013, and 220 trillion Btu and 261 trillion Btu in 2014.