U.S. added 6 MW of biomass capacity in May

By Erin Voegele | June 25, 2013

On June 18 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released the May edition of its Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure Update, showing that the U.S. has added 116 MW of biomass power capacity since the beginning of the year.

A total of four new biomass energy generation units were brought online in May, with a combined capacity of 6 MW. Since the beginning of the year, 36 biomass generation units have been brought online. Together, these 36 units have a combined capacity of 116 MW. In comparison, 64 biomass generation units with a combined capacity of 303 MW were brought online during the first five months of 2012.

In May, the U.S. also added one coal unit with 925 MW of capacity, 21 natural gas units with 2,529 MW of capacity and seven solar units with 28 of capacity. The report shows no nuclear, oil, water, wind, geothermal steam, or waste heat units were added during the month.

The report notes that biomass-fired installed operating generation capacity in the U.S. has now reached 15.18 GW, or approximately 1.31 percent of total U.S. capacity.