U.S. Biomass Energy - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Biomass Energy - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and Facts about the U.S. Biomass Energy Industry

In 2012, approximately 4.3 quadrillion British thermal units of energy derived from biomass were consumed in the United States. U.S. biomass energy production is expected to grow to 7.6 quadrillion British thermal units in 2030. With 2013 retail gasoline prices peaking at around 3.50 U.S. dollars per gallon, biofuels have increasingly gained importance as a transport fuel. In 2011, U.S. biofuel production grew to about 29 million metric tons of oil equivalent, up from about three million metric tons in 2000. The global market for biofuels was sized at just under 100 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.

Not only is biomass a good alternative to petroleum-based products, but it is also an important contributor to the nation’s power supply. Net electricity generation of wood and wood-derived fuels came to a little under 40 gigawatt hours in 2013, making it the second largest non-hydroelectric renewable energy source after wind.
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Language:   English
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Released: October 2012
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