EIA: Biomass power generation increased in 2012
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has issued the February issue of its Electric Power Monthly report. The publication features biomass power production data through the end of 2012.
According to the report, the U.S. generated 3.35 terawatt hours (TWh) of power from woody biomass in Dec. 2012, a 0.1 percent drop compared to the 3.353 TWh reported during the same period of 2011. Power production from other types of biomass increased, however. Biomass other than that from wood was used to generate 1.762 TWh of power during Dec. 2012, a 1.8 percent increase compared to the 1.731 TWh generated in Dec. 2011.
Throughout all 12 months of 2012, the U.S. produced 37.54 TWh of power from woody biomass, a 0.2 percent increase compared to the 37.449 TWh generated in 2011. Other forms of biomass were used to generate 20.025 TWh of electricity in 2012, a 4.2 percent increase over the 19.222 TWh of power produced in 2011.