EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 610,000 tons in January

By Erin Voegele | May 14, 2019

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufactures produced approximately 670,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in January, with sales reaching 610,000 tons.

The data was released as part of the April edition of the EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which includes data for January. The EIA collected data from 84 operating manufactures of densified biomass fuel to complete the report. The report does not include data from facilities with annual production capacities of less than 10,000 tons. Those smaller facilities report data annually rather than monthly.

The 84 manufactures that submitted data have a combined annual production capacity of 11.86 million tons per year, and collectively had an equivalent of 2,313 full-time employees.

In January, respondents purchased 1.48 million tons of raw biomass feedstock, produced 0.67 million tons of densified biomass fuel and sold 610,000 tons of densified biomass fuel. Production included 153,428 tons of heating pellets and 519,060 tons of utility pellets.

Domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 209,435 tons at an average price of $162.17 per ton. Export reached 405,533 tons at an average price of $157.58 per tons.

Inventories of premium/standard wood pellets reached 54,371 tons in January, with inventories of utility wood pellets at 223,283 tons.

Data gathered by the EIA shows that total U.S. densified biomass fuel production capacity reached 11.98 million metric tons in November, including 2.13 million tons in the East, 9.12 million tons in the South and 761,501 million tons in the West.