EIA: US added 549 MW of biomass capacity last year

By Erin Voegele | April 09, 2014

Recently published U.S. Energy Infrastructure Administration data shows that U.S. added 549 MW of biomass-fired power plant capacity last year. According to the EIA, 511 MW of that capacity was from wood-fire or wood waste-fired facilities. The remaining 38 MW of capacity is fired with other forms of biomass, including biogenic municipal solid waste, landfill gas, sludge waste, agricultural byproducts and others.

Virginia added the highest share of that capacity, followed by Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. EIA indicates that net summer capacity of utility scale units fired by biomass sources in Virginia increased from 666.8 MW in December 2012 to 952.1 MW in December 2013. In Florida, capacity increased from 1,036.7 MW to 1,214.0 MW and in Georgia from 648.8 MW to 741.8 MW. New Hampshire capacity also increases substantially, from 162.4 MW to 245.1 MW, followed by Wisconsin, which increased biomass capacity from 321.5 MW to 390.9 MW.

In addition to the biomass capacity, the U.S. added 6,861 MW of natural gas capacity in 2013, along with 2,193 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity, 1,507 MW of coal capacity, 1,032 MW of wind capacity 384 MW of hydroelectric capacity and 214 MW of capacity from other sources.

All together, the U.S. added 13,500 MW of capacity in 2013, which the EIA said is less than half of what was added in 2012. Nearly half of 2013 capacity additions were in California.

Additional information is available on the EIA website.