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EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018, 2019
 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook,

predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide approximately 10 percent of electricity generation this year,

increasing to 11 percent in 2019.
 
Wood biomass is expected to be used to generate 120,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing

to 121,000 MWh per day next year. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 59,000 MWh per

day of electricity in both 2018 and 2019.
 
In the electric power sector, waste biomass is expected to generate 50,000 MWh per day of electricity this year

and next year, with generation from wood biomass reaching 43,000 MWh per day this year, increasing slightly to

44,0000 MWh per day next year.
 
Across other sectors, waste biomass is expected to generate 77,000 MWh per day this year and next year. Wood

biomass is expected to generate 9,000 MWh per day in both years.
 
The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.283 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass in 2019,

increasing to 0.285 quad in 2019. The sector is also expected to consume 0.251 quad of wood biomass this year,

increasing to 0.257 quad next year.
 
The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.165 quad of waste biomass this year, increasing slightly to 0.166

quad next year. The EIA predicts the sector will also consume 1.427 quad of wood biomass in 2018, falling to

1.414 quad in 2019.
 
The commercial sector is currently expected to consume 0.045 quad of waste biomass in both 2018 and 2019,

along with 0.084 quad of wood biomass.
 
According to the EIA, the residential sector is expected to consume 0.413 quad of wood biomass this year,

increasing to 0.42 quad next year.
 
The electric power sector is currently expected to have 7,463 MW of biomass power capacity in place by the end

of 2018, up from 7,391 MW at the end of 2017. The volume of 2018 capacity is expected to include 4,291 MW of

waste biomass capacity and 3,172 MW of wood biomass capacity. By the end of 2019, biomass power capacity is

expected to increase to 7,623 MW, including 4,293 MW of waste biomass capacity and 3,330 MW of wood

biomass capacity.
 
Other sectors are expected to have 6,778 MW of biomass power capacity in place by the end of this year, including

878 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,900 MW of wood biomass capacity. In 2017, EIA data shows there were

6,768 MW of biomass power capacity in place, including 878 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,891 MW of

wood biomass capacity. Next year, biomass capacity is expected to increase slightly, reaching 6,781 MW, including

906 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,875 MW of wood biomass capacity.


                                                           Source:Biomass Magazine