Report shows 100 biomass power projects came online in 2012

By Erin Voegele | January 17, 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has released its latest Energy Infrastructure Update, which includes data through Dec. 2012. The update includes statistics on a variety of energy types, including biomass.

According to the report, five biomass-fueled power projects, including new build and expansion projects, came online in Dec. 2012. Together, those plants brought 91 MW of installed capacity online.

Throughout all of 2012, 100 biomass power projects became operational, representing 543 MW of generation capacity. In 2011, 131 projects, representing 446 MW of power were brought online.

As of the close of 2012, the U.S. is home to approximately 15 gigawatts of biomass-fueled power capacity, representing 1.3 percent of total generating capacity nationwide.

Report highlights also point out that Rollcast Energy Inc.’s 60.5 MW biomass-fueled Piedmont Green Power in Barnesville, Ga., is now online. The facility will take in 500,000 tons of woody biomass feedstock annually. The feedstock is comprised of urban wood waste, as well as mill and logging solid waste. Power generated at the plant is being sold to Georgia Power Co. under a long-term contract.

Verso Paper’s 25 MW biomass-fueld Bucksport Mill expansion was also brought online. The facility, located in Bucksport, Maine, utilizes papermaking byproduct and logging wood waste as feedstock. Electricity generated at the plant will be used to power the mill, with excess sold to the local grid.