FERC: 198 MW of biomass capacity added during first half of 2017

By Erin Voegele | August 31, 2017

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects recently released its Energy Infrastructure Update, reporting that 198 MW of biomass power capacity was placed into service during the first half of 2017, up from 48 MW placed into service during the same period of last year.

According to the report, two biomass units with a combined 60 MW of capacity were installed in June. During the first half of this year, 11 biomass units were placed into service, with a combined capacity of 198 MW. During the first half of 2016, 19 biomass units with a combined capacity of 48 MW were placed into service.

The report highlights Albany Green Energy LLC’s 58 MW Proctor & Gamble biomass project in Dougherty County, Georgia. That facility, which is now online, sells power to Georgia Power C. under a long-term contract.

So far this year, the U.S has added 296 electrical generating units with a combined 14,746 MW of capacity. This includes natural gas units with a combined 8,729 MW capacity, one nuclear unit with 102 MW of capacity, one oil unit with 14 MW of capacity, five hydro units with 13 MW of capacity, 34 wind units with 3,639 MW of capacity, 11 biomass units with 198 MW of capacity, 176 solar units with 2,050 MW of capacity, and 13 units classified as “other” with a combined capacity of 1 MW. No coal, geothermal steam or waste heat units were placed into service during the first half of the year.

As of the end of June, the report indicates the U.S. had 16.89 GW of installed biomass capacity, accounting for 1.42 percent of total U.S. electric generating capacity. Overall, the U.S. has 1,189.82 GW of capacity from all sources.