EIA releases biomass power statistics for January

By Erin Voegele | April 26, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April issue of its Monthly Energy Review, reporting net electricity generation for wood biomass and waste biomass in January. 

The U.S. generated 3.299 terawatt hours (TWh) of power from wood biomass in January, a slight drop compared to the 3.35 TWh reported for one month prior. Wood biomass power production was also down slightly from the same period of 2012, when the U.S. produced 3.366 TWh of electricity from woody biomass.

Waste biomass in January was used to generate 1.587 TWh of electricity. In December slightly more power was produced using the feedstock, reaching 1.762 TWh. During January of last year, waste biomass was used to generate 1.629 TWh of electricity.

A total of 0.937 TWh of wood biomass power was generated by the electric power sector in January. With an additional 1.306 TWh of electricity generated from waste biomass.

The commercial and industrial sectors generated 2.359 TWh of power using wood biomass in January, while only 0.073 TWh was generated from waste biomass.