Wood, waste biomass consumption expected to increase
The U.S. Information Administration provided its first short-term 2015 forecasts for wood biomass and waste biomass energy production in the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook.
The EIA predicts that wood biomass will be used to generate 120,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per day of electricity across all sectors in 2014, increasing to 123,000 MWh per day in 2015. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate an average of 56,000 MWh per day this year across all sectors. That level is expected to be maintained in 2015.
According to the STEO, the industrial sector will continue to be the largest consumer of wood biomass in 2014, consuming an estimated 1.234 quadrillion Btu (quad) of woody biomass fuel. In 2015, the sector’s consumption of wood fuel is expected to increase, reaching 1.25 quad.
The electricity sector is expected to be the largest consumer of waste biomass, consuming 0.263 quad this year, and increasing to 0.264 quad in 2015.