EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in July STEO

By Erin Voegele | July 13, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total generation from renewables in the electric power sector will increase by 11 percent this year, remaining relatively unchanged in 2018. Generation from renewable energy other than hydropower in the electric power sector is expected to grow by 10 percent this year and by 6 percent next year.

The U.S. is currently expected to generate 113,000 MWh per day of electricity from wood biomass this year, falling to 112,000 MWh per day next year. Generation from waste biomass is expected to reach 59,000 MWh per day this year, increasing to 60,000 MWh per day next year.

The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.284 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, increasing to 0.288 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.233 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 0.225 quad next year.

The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.198 quad of waste biomass in 2017, falling to 0.196 quad in2018. The sector is also expected to consume 1.261 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 1.242 quad next year.

The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.048 quad of waste biomass and 0.076 quad of wood biomass in both 2017 and 2018.

The residential sector is expected to consume 0.390 quad of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.413 quad next year.