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EIA data shows electricity from wood fuels up slightly in 2013

By Erin Voegele | September 26, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September issue of Electric Power Monthly, which includes data through July. The report indicates the U.S. generated 21,670 gigawatt hours (GWh) of power from wood and wood-derived fuels across all electrical generation sectors during the first seven months of 2013, along with 11,354 GWh of power from other biomass sources.

Electricity production from wood and wood-derived fuels was up 1 percent over the same period of 2012, when woody biomass was used to generate 21,448 GWh of electricity. However, the use of other forms of biomass fell by 2.7 percent from the production level of 11,666 GWh during the first seven months of 2012.

The electric utilities sector generated 1,175 GWh of electricity from wood fuels during the first seven months of 2013, up from 1,010 GWh during the same period of last year. However, generation from other forms of biomass dropped in the electric utilities sector, from 845 GWh during the first seven months of 2012 to 805 GWh during the same period of this year.

In the independent power producers sector, electricity generation from wood biomass was down, dropping from 4,953 GWh during the first seven months of 2012 to 4,847 GWh during the same period of 2013. Power generation from other sources of biomass was also down in the independent power producer sector, reaching 8,571 GWh this year, compared to 8,865 GWh during the first seven months of last year.

Power generation from wood and wood-derived fuels was steady in the commercial sector, accounting for 14 GWh during the first seven months of 2012 and 2013. The use of other forms of biomass increased slightly in the commercial sector, rising from 1,437 GWh during the first seven month of 2012 to 1,451 GWh for the same period of this year.

Wood and wood-derived fuels were used to generate 15,634 GHw of electricity in the industrial sector during the first seven months of this year, up from 15,470 during the same seven months of last year. The use of other forms of biomass also increased in the industrial sector, from 520 GWh of electricity last year to 529 GWh in 2013.

 

 

 

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