FERC: 102 MW of biomass capacity added in October

By Erin Voegele | December 10, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects recently published its Energy Infrastructure Update for October, reporting seven biomass units with a combined 102 MW capacity was were placed into service during the month.

Within its report, the FERC highlighted the East Texas Electric Coop. Inc.’s 50 MW Woodville Biomass project in Tyler County, Texas. The project, which was placed into service in October, is fueled with forestry byproducts. The report also highlights the Fort Drum Biomass project in Jefferson County, New York, and the 23.5 MW Sunshine Gas Producers LLC Sunshine Canyon Landfill project tin Los Angeles County, California. The Sunshine Canyon Landfill project sells electricity to Pacific Gas and Electric under long-term contract.

Overall, 20 new energy generation units with a combined 839 MW of capacity placed into service during October. In addition to the biomass units, five wind units with a combined 574 MW of capacity, five solar units with a combined 31 MW of capacity and three natural gas units with a combined capacity of 132 MW were placed into service. No new coal, nuclear, oil, hydro, geothermal, or waste heat units were placed into service during the month.

According to the FERC, a total of 45 biomass units with a combined 241 MW of capacity were placed into service during the first 10 months of the year. During the same period of 2013, 86 biomass units were placed into service, with a combined 439 MW of capacity.

As of the close of October, the FERC reports the U.S. has 16.08 GW of biomass capacity, accounting for approximately 1.38 percent of all U.S. power generation capacity. Of the non-hydro renewable technologies, only wind has more installed capacity in place.