EIA revises short-term bioenergy forecasts in June outlook

By Erin Voegele | June 08, 2016

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase 13 percent this year and 3.3 percent next year. Generation from renewables other than hydropower is expected to increase 14.5 percent this year and 8.9 percent next year.

Wood biomass is expected to be used to generate 115,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 118,000 MWh per day next year. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 59,000 MWh per day in both 2016 and 2017.

The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.256 quadrillion Btu (quad) of wood biomass this year, increasing to 1.272 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.272 quad of waste biomass this year, falling to 0.270 quad next year.

The industrial sector is expected to consume 1.252 quad of wood biomass in 2016, falling to 1.238 quad in 2017. The sector is also expected to consume 0.190 quad of waste biomass this year, increasing to 0.193 quad next year.

The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.077 quad of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.078 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.0456 quad of waste biomass in 2016, increasing to 0.046 quad in 2017.

The residential sector is expected to consume 0.414 quad of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.426 quad next year.

The EIA also released an update of its Electric Power Monthly report in late May. The report includes data for March. According to that report, the U.S. added 443 MW of biomass energy capacity in March, including 437.5 MW of wood/wood waste biomass capacity, 3.7 MW of landfill gas capacity and 1.8 MW of capacity from other sources of waste biomass. The report also notes 141.9 MW of biomass capacity is expected to be added over the next 12 months, including 62.5 MW of capacity from wood/wood waste biomass, 54.8 MW from landfill gas and 24.6 MW from other sources of waste biomass.