EIA data shows biomass power production up in May
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has issued the July issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, which includes date through May. The report shows that net power generation from wood and wood-derived fuels is up compared to prior years.
In May, wood and wood-derived fuels were used to generate 3,013 GWh of power, up from 2,594 GWh the month prior. During the first five months of 2013, woody biomass was used to produce 15,132 GWh of power. During the same period of 2012 and 2011, wood and wood-derived fuels were used to generate a relative 15,093 GWh and 14,900 GWh of electricity.
Other sources of biomass were used to generate 1,718 GWh of power in May, an increase over the 1,594 GWh generated in April. From January through May, other sources of biomass were used to generate a combined 6,959 GWh of electricity, an increase over the 6,924 GWh generated during the same period of 2012 and the 6,456 GWh produced during the first five months of 2011.
The EIA data also includes statistics related to biomass in general used for power generation. According to the administration, electric utilities generated 279 GWh of power from biomass in May, down slightly from the 282 GWh generated during the same period of 2012. Generation was the greatest in the South Atlantic region of the country, where biomass was used to generate 79 GWh of power.
Independent power producers used biomass to generate 1,991 GWh of electricity in May of this year, up from the 1,991 GWh generated in May 2012. The South Atlantic region led in biomass utilization by independent power producers, with 423 GWh of electricity generated in May. Biomass power generation was also high in the New England, Middle Atlantic and Pacific Contiguous regions of the country, with relative generation levels of 357 MWh, 349 MWh and 387 MWh.
The Industrial sector used biomass to generate 2,255 GWh of electricity in May, down slightly from the 2,269 GWh generated during the same month of last year. The industrial sector in the South Atlantic region used biomass to generate 767 MWh of power during the month, led by Georgia, which produced 269 MWh of electricity from biomass.