Biomass will not be electrical energy gasoline king in Georgia, however the state undoubtedly is peachy eager on the useful resource.
Last yr, the state generated 5 million MWh (or 5 GWh) of electrical energy from biomass, in response to a Tuesday report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This is about 10 p.c of the nation’s biomass-fired complete and greater than some other state besides California.
Five p.c of Georgia’s electrical energy useful resource combine comes from biomass, largely wooden and wood-derived fuels. These accounted for practically half of the state’s complete renewable electrical energy era final yr, in response to the EIA.
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The industrial sector provided 70 p.c of the biomass used to generate energy in Georgia. Several main pulp and packaging companies similar to Georgia Pacific and WestRock are primarily based within the state.
Georgia is roofed by near 25 million acres of forested land, 96 p.c of that obtainable for industrial use, in response to the EIA report. Georgia is a number one exporter of wooden pellets, despatched largely to Europe, the place wooden pellets are used to generate electrical energy as an alternative choice to coal.
The state ranks ninth nationwide in complete web electrical energy era, with coal, nuclear, fuel, clear vitality and biomass-fired crops. Utility Georgia Power is among the many energy mills using wood-derived biomass.
California generates shut to three p.c of its huge web electrical energy from biomass, totaling shut to five,800 GWh in 2019, in response to the state’s Energy Commission statistics.
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