EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecast

By Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 11.2 percent in 2016 and 3.9 percent in 2017. Generation from renewables other than hydropower is forecast to grow by 13.4 percent in 2016 and 9.3 percent in 2017.

U.S. electricity generation from wood biomass is expected to reach 113,000 MWh per day this year, increasing to 116,000 MWh per day in 2017. Generation from waste biomass is expected to be 59,000 MWh per day in 2016 and 2017.