Report: Biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy add 224 MW of capacity in 2015

By Arlene Karidis, Waste Dive.

  • The newly released Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, shows renewable energy trends — including biomass, biogas, and waste-to-energy — added 224 MW of capacity last year, up 15% from 2014. 
  • Capex for waste-to-energy and anaerobic digestion showed a slight decrease in 2015, however due to relatively few WTE projects under development at any given time, the costs of individual projects can significantly fluctuate these figures.
  • There has been an increase in asset finance for new biomass, as well as an increase in capacity. Biogas capacity has been declining, despite that asset finance has rebounded, with low natural gas prices among main reasons. And more than half of renewable energy investments go to solar technologies, as reported in Biomass Magazine.