Biomass, waste fuels power reaches 2% US share in 2016
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Electricity produced from biomass and waste fuels accounted for 2% of US’ total power generation in 2016, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.
Power generation from biomass and waste fuels, or non-biogenic wastes, last year amounted to 71.4 billion kWh, with almost one-third of the total coming from wood solids, EIA’s annual electric power data shows. Black liquor provided 27% of the electricity from biomass and waste, municipal solid waste accounted for 20%, while other paper-making wastes were responsible for less than 0.5% of the biomass-generated power last year. The share of landfill gas was almost 16%.
About 5% of the entire biomass-generated power came from biogenic fuels and less than 2% was provided by tire-derived fuel.
According to the statistics, the US derived 34% of its power from natural gas, 30% came from coal and 20% from nuclear power. The share of non-biomass renewables was 13%.
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