EIA: 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in June

By Erin Voegele | October 05, 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, with sales also reaching 700,000 tons.

The data was released as part of the September edition of EPA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which includes data for June. The EIA collected data from 83 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel to complete the report. The report does not include data from facilities with annual production capacities of less than 10,000 tons, which report data annually rather than monthly.

The 83 manufacturers who submitted data for the report have a combined annual production capacity of 11.77 million tons per year and collectively had an equivalent of 2,092 full-time employees.

In June, respondents purchased 1.03 million tons of raw biomass feedstock, produced 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel and sold 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel. Production included 145,268 tons of heating pellets and 558,903 tons of utility pellets.

Domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 120,000 tons in June, averaging $148.47 per ton. Exports of reached 580,000 million tons, at an average of $166.64 per ton.

Inventories of premium/standard wood pellets reached 366,064 tons in June, up from 314,344 tons in May. Inventories of utility pellets fell to 283,197 tons in June, down from 392,459 tons in May.

Data gathered by EIA shows total U.S. densified biomass fuel production capacity reached 12.64 million tons in June, including 11.91 million tons currently listed as currently operating or temporarily not in operation. This includes 2.43 million tons of capacity in the East, 9.36 million tons in the South and 845,020 tons in the West. An additional 603,700 tons of capacity is listed as planned or under construction.

Facilities listed as planned or under construction in May include a 37,000-ton-per-year facility in Maine under development by F.E. Wood & Sons-Natural Energy, a 105,000-ton-per-year facility in Alabama under development by MRE Crossville LLC, a 340,000-ton-per-year plant in Georgia under development by Blue Sky Biomass Georgia LLC, a120,000-ton-per-year facility in Tennessee under development by MRE Jasper LLC, and a 1,700-ton-per-year facility in New Mexico under development by Mt. Taylor-WoodYouRecycle.