EIA publishes biomass power data for 2012

By Erin Voegele | March 29, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March 2013 issue of its Monthly Energy Review, which includes biomass power data for all 12 months of 2012. According to the report, net electric generation for wood biomass increased to 37.54 terrawatt hours (TWh). The woody biomass production level for the same period of 2011 was 37.45 TWh.

According to the EIA, the U.S. produced 3.35 TWh of power from woody biomass in December 2012, and increase over the 3.22 TWh generated in November.

Regarding power generation from waste biomass, the U.S. produced 1.76 TWh of electricity in December, an increase over the 1.43 TWh generated the month prior. Power production from waste biomass for all 12 months of 2012 equated to 20.03 TWh, an increase over the 19.22 TWh reported during the same period of 2011.

The EIA estimates 367 trillion Btu of wood was consumed to generate power in the U.S. during 2012, and increase over the 348 trillion Btu reported in 2011. However, only 276 Btu of waste biomass was consumed to generate electricity in 2012, a slight drop when compared to the 279 Btu of waste biomass reported the prior year.

A full copy of the March 2013 Monthly Energy Review can be downloaded from the EIA website