EIA predicts power from wood, waste biomass will increase in 2014

By Erin Voegele | November 13, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the November issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that the use of wood and waste biomass to generate power will increase in 2014.

Across all electricity generating sectors, the EIA predicts wood biomass will be used to generate 106,000 MWh per day of power in 2013, increasing to 111,000 MWh per day in 2014. The use of waste biomass is also expected to increase, from 54,000 MWh per day to 55,000 MWh per day.

In the electric power sector, 0.189 quadrillion Btu (quad) of wood biomass is expected to be consumed in 2013, increasing to 0.217 quad in 2014. The use of waste biomass will also increase in the sector, rising from 0.251 quad in 2013 to 0.258 quad in 2014.

In the industrial sector, to 1.299 quad of wood biomass is expected to be consumed this year, dropping to 1.267 quad in 2014. The use of waste biomass in the sector, however, is expected to increase slightly, from 0.175 quad in 2013 to 0.176 quad next year.

The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.062 quad of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.063 quad next year. Consumption of waste biomass is expected to hold steady at 0.047 quad in 2014.

The consumption of wood biomass in the residential sector is expected to drop slightly, from 0.420 quad this year, to 0.414 quad in 2014. 



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