Brazil's biomass power output hit 722.6 average megawatts (MWa) in the first quarter of 2016, marking a 10.5% increase year-on-year, data of the Power Trading Chamber (CCEE) shows.
The installed biomass-to-power capacity at the end of March stood at 11.5 GW country-wide, growing by 9.7% on the year. The state of Sao Paulo topped the chart with 5,166 MW, Mato Grosso do Sul came second with 1,830 MW and Minas Gerais ranked third with 1,177 MW.
In March alone, biomass-fired power plants produced 1,077 MWa. The state of Sao Paulo was the top producer with 481 MWa, or around 44.7% of the biomass power connected to the National Interconnected System (SIN). Mato Grosso do Sul and Bahia followed with 275.7 MWa and 61.9 MWa, respectively.
Sugarcane bagasse was the most widely used fuel in the plants, representing about 80% of the generation, or 858.9 MWa.
CCEE had 244 biomass power plants in commercial operation on its register at the end of this first quarter.