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EIA August STEO predicts increasing bioenergy production in 2014

By Erin Voegele | August 08, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the August issue of its Short-Term Energy outlook, predicting increased electricity generation from wood biomass and waste biomass in 2014.

According to the STEO, the U.S. is projected to generate 106,000 MWh per day of electricity from wood biomass this year, up from 103,000 MWh per day last year. In 2014, production is expected to increase to 112,000 MWh per day.

Waste biomass is expected to generate 56,000 MWh per day of power this year, up from 55,000 MWh per day in 2012. The amount of electricity generated using waste biomass is expected to increase to 59,000 MWh per day next year.

The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.195 quadrillion Btu of energy from wood biomass this year, up from 0.176 quadrillion Btu in 2012. By next year, the electric power sector is expected to consume 0.227 trillion Btu of energy from wood biomass. The sector is also expected to consume 0.265 quadrillion Btu of energy from waste biomass this year, up from 0.253 quadrillion Btu last year, with consumption in 2014 expected to reach 02.78 quadrillion Btu.

The industrial sector is on track to consume 1.253 quadrillion Btu of wood biomass this year, along with 0.177 quadrillion Btu of waste biomass. The respective levels of consumption for 2012 were 1.281 quadrillion Btu and 0.171 quadrillion Btu. Next year, the sector is expected to consume 1.229 quadrillion Btu of wood biomass and 0180 quadrillion Btu of waste biomass.

The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.062 quadrillion Btu of wood biomass and 0.047 quadrillion Btu of waste biomass this year, compared to respective consumption levels of 0.062 quadrillion Btu and 0.044 quadrillion Btu last year. In 2014, the commercial sector is projected to consume 0.062 quadrillion Btu of wood biomass and 0.047 quadrillion Btu of waste biomass.

In the residential sector, the EIA predicts 0.42 quadrillion Btu of wood biomass will be consumed this year, which is the same amount consumed in 2012. Next year, residential consumption of wood biomass is expected to drop to 0.414 quadrillion Btu. 

 

 

1 Responses

  1. Richard R Rodriguez CPA

    2013-08-19

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    Certainly agree wood and waste will be significant biomass feedstocks! Lets not discount what grass biomass like Giant King Grass from Viaspace Inc and even Micanthus can contribute. Giant King already lab test proven as to yield data and growing globally in St Croix Nicaragua,Thailand, Philippines & other locations. They new saying " Growing Your Electricty" for tomorrows energy. Watch it grow!

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