Biomass power production increased in 2012
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released biomass power data for all 12 months of last year in the March issue of its Monthly Energy Review. Net electricity generation for wood biomass increased to 37.54 terrawatt hours (TWh) last year, an increase over the 37.45 TWh production level for 2011.
Power production from waste biomass also increased last year, reaching 20.03 TWh. The U.S. EIA defines waste biomass as including municipal solid waste from biogenic sources, landfill gas, sludge waste, agricultural byproducts, and other biomass. Only 19.22 TWh of electricity from waste biomass was reported in 2011.
The EIA estimates that 367 trillion Btu of wood was consumed to generate power in the U.S. during 2012, an increase over the 348 trillion Btu reported the year prior. Only 276 trillion Btu of waste biomass was consumed to generate electricity in 2012, however, a slight drop compared to the 279 trillion Btu of waste biomass reported for 2011.