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US predicts growth in renewable electricity generation

By Erin Voegele
Biomass Magazine
July 7, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration currently predicts electricity U.S. generation from renewable energy sources will reach 20 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021, according to agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released July 7. Renewables accounted for 17 percent of electricity generation in 2019. In the electric power sector, EIA forecasts that biomass will account for 27.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity generation this year, increasing to 29.9 billion kWh in 2021. Biomass accounted for 28.8 billion kWh of electricity generation last year. Generation from waste biomass is expected to be 15.4 billion kWh this year, down from 15.7 billion kWh in 2019, an increasing to 16 billion kWh in 2021. Generation from wood biomass is expected to be at 12.1 billion kWh, this year, down from 13 billion kWh in 2019, but increasing to 13.9 billion kWh in 2021.

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