US electricity generation from wood biomass expected to account for 119,000 MWh/day in 2014 and 122,000 MWh/day in 2015: EIA

LOS ANGELES , February 11, 2014 () – U.S. electricity generation from wood biomass is expected to account for 119,000 MWh of energy per day in 2014 and 122,000 MWh per day in 2015 across all sectors combined, according to the February edition of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook, Biomass Magazine reported on Feb. 11.

These estimates are slightly lower than those contained in the EIA’s January Short-Term Energy Outlook, which predicted that electricity generation from wood biomass would amount to 120,000 MWh per day in 2014 and 123,000 MWh per day for 2015.

The following sectors are expected to consume the following amounts of wood biomass energy in 2014 and 2015, according to the February outlook:

• Electric power sector: 0.259 quadrillion British Thermal Units (Btu), 0.27 quadrillion Btu
• Industrial sector: 1.247 quadrillion Btu, 1.259 quadrillion Btu
• Commercial sector: 0.067 quadrillion Btu, 0.069 quadrillion Btu
 

The number of U.S. households that use wood heating during the 2013-2014 heating season is expected to rise 2.5% year-over-year to 2.648 million, according to the EIA.

 

Overall, wood consumption for energy purposes is forecast at 1.987 quadrillion Btu in 2014 and 2.006 quadrillion in 2015.

The primary source of this article is Biomass Magazine, Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Feb. 11, 2014.

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