Report: 100 biomass power projects in 2012
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has reported that 100 biomass power projects, representing 543 MW of generation capacity, came online in 2012. In 2011, 131 projects, representing 446 MW of power were brought online.
At the close of 2012, the U.S. was home to about 15 gigawatts of biomass-fueled power capacity, which accounts for roughly 1.3 percent of the nation’s total power generation capacity.
In December 2012 alone, five new biomass-fueled power projects began operation. Together, those plants brought 91 MW of installed capacity online. The January edition of the commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update highlights two specific projects, Rollcast Energy’s 60.5 MW Piedmont Green Power project in Barnesville, Ga., and Verso Paper’s 25 MW biomass-fueled Bucksport Mill expansion. Both projects are now online.