Report: Ample opportunity for biomass thermal growth in Midwest

By Staff | July 16, 2013

FutureMetrics Inc. recently prepared a working report for the Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass steering committee. The report outlines a vision to achieve 15 percent renewable thermal energy in the Midwest by 2025, with 10 percent derived from biomass.

According to the report, thermal accounts for approximately 38 percent of energy consumed in the U.S. However, only 3.5 percent of thermal energy needs are met by the use of solid biomass fuel.

In the Midwest, fossil fuels account for the vast majority—97 percent—of the thermal energy consumed by the residential sector. To date, no Midwestern states have adopted formal targets to reduce the reliance on fossil energy in heating markets. The report points out that while other renewable thermal energy options do exist in the U.S., biomass is by far the Midwest’s more abundant renewable resource for thermal applications.