U.S. Biomass Energy - Statistics & Facts

In 2016, approximately 4.8 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 4.6 quadrillion British thermal units in 2040. When retail gasoline prices have peaked, biofuels have increasingly gained importance as a transport fuel. In 2016, U.S. biofuel production grew to about 36 million metric tons of oil equivalent, up from about three million metric tons in 2000. The global production of biofuels reached just about 82 million metric tons of oil equivalent in 2016, where the EU-28 continues to lead biodiesel production.

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 over 43 gigawatt hours in 2017, making it the second largest non-hydroelectric renewable energy source after wind.

Over recent years, governments across the world have realized the importance of alternative sources of energy, as traditional means such as coal and oil are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. As a result, there was a massive spike in investment in biofuel technologies , although, investment has decreased in recent years during the global recession and the collapse in oil prices. Furthermore, the production of renewable fuels as a whole has seen a great increase, with a projected 36 billion gallons being produced in 2022, up from just 9 billion gallons in 2008. Biomass is seen as one of the most promising sources of energy for the future as it produces comparatively fewer harmful carbon dioxide emissions, and it is both abundant and renewable, thus reducing the world's dependency on fossil fuels. However, biomass still produces harmful methane gases and is currently more expensive and inefficient in comparison to fossil fuels.

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