FERC report indicates U.S. added bioenergy capacity in August

By Erin Voegele | September 20, 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has released its Energy Infrastructure Update report for August, noting that two new biomass power generation units were placed in service during the month with a combined installed capacity of 3 megawatts (MW).

During the first eight months of 2013, the FERC report shows that 46 new biomass power generation units were placed in service. Together, those units have a combined annual production capacity of 171 MW. During the same period of 2012, FERC data shows that 171 biomass power generation units were placed into service, with a combined capacity of 409 MW.

As of the close of August, the FERC estimates the U.S. is home to 15.19 gigawatts (GW) of installed biomass production capacity, accounting for 1.3 percent of total U.S. capacity.

The report does not indicate any additional coal, nuclear, water, wind, geothermal or waste heat power generation units came online in August. However, three natural gas units with a combined capacity of 1,297 MW, 20 solar units with a combined 578 MW capacity and one oil unit with a 1 MW capacity were brought into service.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here. https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/aug-energy-infrastructure.pdf