EIA: 460,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in April

By Erin Voegele | July 14, 2017

On July 10, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data on the U.S. densified biomass fuel industry, reporting there was nearly 12.71 million tons of capacity in place in April, including more than 12.09 million tons listed as currently operational or temporarily not in operation. An additional 163,500 tons of capacity is listed as planned or under construction.

The U.S. South currently has more than 9.39 million tons of annual capacity, with 2.41 million tons installed in the East and 904,320 tons installed in the West.

As of April, the EIA’s data collection included 89 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. Together, these facilities had an equivalent of 1,985 full-time employees.

In April, those responding to EIA’s data request indicated they had purchased 810,000 tons of raw biomass feedstock, produced 480,000 tons of densified fuel, and sold 460,000 tons of densified biofuel fuel. Heating pellets accounted for 85,170 tons of production, while utility pellets accounted for 397,456 tons.

Domestically, respondents reported that sales of densified biomass fuel reached 69,290 tons in April, averaging $146.61 per ton. An additional 387,542 tons were exported, averaging $127.98 per ton.