FERC: Bioenergy capacity was added in May

By Erin Voegele | June 20, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has issued Its Energy Infrastructure Update for May, reporting that the U.S. added 19 bioenergy production units during the first five months of the year. Those 19 units have a combined capacity of 73 MW of energy.

Within the report, the FERC highlights Green Power Electric Memberships Corp.’s 4.8 MW Pecan Row Landfill Energy project, which is located in Lowndes County, Georgia, and began operations in early May. Power generated at that facility wills serve Green Power’s membership.

According to the FERC, the U.S. added 3,136 MW of electricity production capacity during the first five months of this year. Most of that capacity, 1,437 MW, was for natural gas. Approximately 678 MW of wind capacity, 907 MW of solar capacity, 32 MW of geothermal steam capacity, and 8 MW of hydro capacity was added during that time. No coal or nuclear capacity has been added so far this year, with only 1 MW of oil-fired capacity.

As of the close of May, the U.S. was home to 16.04 GW of biomass power capacity, which accounts for approximately 1.37 percent of all U.S. capacity. Of the non-hydro renewable technologies, only wind has a higher share of capacity, with 61.43 GW, or 5.26 percent. The U.S. currently has approximately 1,161.4 GW of power production capacity.