EIA predicts increased use of wood fuel
In the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy and Information Administration made forecasts for the coming year, noting that the use of biomass fuel is expected to increase in both the power and thermal sectors.
The number of households using woody biomass as a primary winter heating fuel is expected to increase. During the 2012-’13 winter, 598,000 households in the Northeast are expected to heat with the fuel, a 7.7 percent increase. An additional 662,000 homes are expected to heat with wood biomass in the Midwest, representing a 3.4 percent increase. In the southern region of the country, 620,000 homes are expected to heat with woody biomass, a 1.7 percent increase. In the western portion of the nation, the EIA expects 752,000 homes to be heated with biomass this winter, a 0.3 percent increase. Overall, a total of 2.64 million homes are expected to employ woody biomass as their primary heating fuel this winter, which is a 3 percent increase over last year.