EIA predicts increased use of wood in power, home heating

Home Energy, Wood Energy January 17, 2013|Print

by Erin Voegele

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which is the first to include forecasts for 2014. The report includes forecasts for biomass-fueled power production, as well as projections for woody biomass heating applications.

According to the outlook, the EIA expects total electrical generation to remain relatively unchanged in 2013, but grow by 94 GWh per day in 2014. A 32 percent increase in the price of natural gas is expected to result in a fuel share drop to 27.9 percent, from 30.3 percent in 2012. Coal-fueled generation is expected to offset this decrease with a 166 GWh per day increase, from 37.6 percent in 2012 to 39 percent in 2013. Renewable energy generation and nuclear power are expected to account for relative 75 GWh per day and 32 GWh per day increases.

 

--continued on BiomassMagazine.com, http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/8501/eia-predicts-increased-use-of-wood-in-power-home-heating-sectors

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