New biomass power capacity came online in October
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has published its October 2013 Energy Infrastructure Update, reporting four biomass units with a combined capacity of 124 megawatts (MW) were placed into service during the month.
According to the report, 65 biomass generation units with a combined production capacity of 360 MW were placed into service during the first 10 months of 2013. During the same period of 2012, 123 biomass-fired units with a combined capacity of 519 MW were placed into service.
Within the report, the FERC highlights several bioenergy projects. Westvaco Corp.’s 82.4 MW Convington Mill expansion project in Alleghany County, Va., is now online. The project is fueled by wood waste solids and waste water sourced from the paper mill. Power generated by the project is used onsite.
Envirepel Energy Inc.’s 2.8 MW biomass-fueled Kittyhawk Energy Phase I project in Talladega County, Ala., is also online. According to information published by the company, the project will be developed in several phases, eventually expanding to 8.6 MW.
In addition, the report highlights a landfill gas project in Providence, R.I. Rhode Island LFG Genco LLC placed its 37 MW Braodrock Biopower I project into service in October. The FERC said the project, which is fueled by landfill gas from the Johnston Landfill, is the second largest landfill gas-to-energy project in the U.S.
As of the close of October, the FERC estimates there is 15.33 gigawatts (GW) of installed biomass power capacity in the U.S, representing 1.32 percent of total U.S. capacity.
In addition to the four biomass units placed into service in October, the FERC report also indicates that three oil units with a combined capacity of 5 MW, two wind units with a combined capacity of 66 MW, and 12 solar units with a combined capacity of 504 MW were placed into service in October. The report shows that no new coal, natural gas, nuclear, water geothermal steam or waste heat units were placed into service during the month.