EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales at 850,000 tons in November

By Erin Voegele | March 14, 2023

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 900,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in November, with sales reaching 850,000 tons.

The data was released as part of the February edition of EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report, which contains data for November. The EIA collected data from 80 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel to complete the report. The report does not include data on facilities with annual production capacities of less than 10,000 tons. Those smaller facilities report data annually rather than monthly.

The 80 manufacturers surveyed for November had a total combined production capacity of 13.3 million tons per year and collectively had the equivalent of 2,592 full-time employees.

Respondents purchased 2.27 million tons of raw biomass feedstock in November, produced 900,000 tons of densified biomass fuel and sold 850,000 million tons of densified biomass fuel. Production included 157,068 tons of heating pellets and 747,135 tons of utility pellets.

Domestic sales of densified biomass fuel in November reached 214,929 tons at an average price of $209.78 per ton. Exports in November reached 641,530 tons at an average price of $223.78 per ton.

Inventories of premium/standard pellets fell to 112,174 tons in November, down from 143,089 tons in October. Inventories of utility pellets expanded to 419,573 tons in November, up from 385,816 tons in October.

Data gathered by the EIA shows that total U.S. densified biomass fuel capacity reached 13.39 million tons in November, with all of that capacity listed as currently operating or temporarily not in operation. Capacity included 1.97 million tons in the East, 10.51 million tons in the South, and 908,700 tons in the West.