EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in Short-Term Energy Outlook

By Erin Voegele | September 08, 2016

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 9.5 percent this year and 5.8 percent next year. Consumption of renewable energy other than hydropower in the electric power sector is expected to grow by 11.8 percent in 2016 and 11.1 percent in 2017.

The U.S. is currently expected to generate 111,000 MWh per day of electricity from wood biomass this year, increasing to 114,000 MWh per day next year. Electricity production from waste biomass is expected to be at 59,000 MWh per day this year, falling to 58,000 MWh per day next year.

The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.234 quadrillion Btu (quad) of wood biomass in 2016, increasing to 0.256 quad in 2017. The sector is also expected to consume 0.279 quad of waste biomass this year, falling to 0.272 quad next year.

The industrial sector is expected to consume 1.259 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 1.238 quad next year. Consumption of waste biomass, however, is expected to increase, from 0.191 quad this year to 0.193 quad next year.

The commercial sector is expected consume 0.076 quad of wood biomass in 2016, increasing to 0.078 quad in 2017. The sector is also expected to consume 0.047 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 0.046 quad next year.

The residential sector is currently expected to consume 0.405 quad of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.426 quad next year.

The EIA also recently released the August edition of its Electric Power Monthly report, noting 14.4 MW of bioenergy capacity was added in the U.S. in June, including 9.2 MW form wood and wood waste biomass and 5.2 MW from municipal solid waste. As of the end of June, the EIA estimates the U.S. had 14,077.3 MW of bioenergy capacity. Over the next 12 months, the report predicts the U.S. will add 122.3 MW of bioenergy capacity, including 70.5 MW from wood and wood waste biomass, 26.6 MW from landfill gas and 25.2 MW other forms of waste biomass.