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U.S. biomass generation by source 2000-2018

U.S. biopower generation from 2000 to 2018, by source (in billion kilowatt hours)

by T. Wang, last edited May 7, 2019
U.S. biomass generation by source 2000-2018 The statistic represents biopower generation in the United States between 2000 and 2018, by source. In 2018, the United States generated approximately 41.41 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from wood. The generation decrease between 2000 and 2001 reflects a classification change. Beginning with 2001 data, non-biogenic municipal solid waste and tire-derived fuels were re-classified as non-renewable energy sources.
Bioenergy in the United States

Bioenergy, also referred to as biopower, is energy derived from renewable biological sources. Common sources include wood, wood waste, and byproducts from agricultural processes. Biopower generation in the United States has increased over the last decade reaching 41.41 billion kilowatt hours from wood and wood-derived fuels. Generation from waste sources totaled 21.35 billion kilowatt hours during the same year. In 2017, Florida was the leader among U.S. states in terms of installed biopower electricity capacity, reaching 1,542 megawatts.

Biomass is one of the most commonly used sources of biopower, as the fuel is often a byproduct, residue, or waste-product. Solid biomass energy capacity in the United States reached 10,431 megawatts in 2018. In theory, using residue to produce energy minimizes the competition between food and fuel productions, although, this does not necessarily occur in real world situations. In the current industry, there are some agricultural products like corn and soybeans in the U.S. that are grown solely for biofuel production. These products can also be converted into other forms of energy like methane gas and biodiesel. Some 128.9 million metric tons of corn is expected to be produced in the United States in 2025 for ethanol production.
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U.S. biopower generation from 2000 to 2018, by source (in billion kilowatt hours)

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