Energy from biomass provides an indigenous, renewable source of power and heat. It offers a renewable energy solution in geographic areas where other renewable sources are not readily available. There is not much sun in cloudy climates or at high latitudes in the winter, but plentiful precipitation ensures that lots of trees grow there. Electrical generation capacity from biomass grew from 10,676 MW in 2000 to 14,705 MW in 2013, much of which is in California and Florida. This generated 59,894 GWh, an average capacity factor of 46%. Wood was the largest contributor with 39,936 GWh, followed by municipal waste (including landfill gas) of 17,142 GWh.

Topics: Biomass

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