Southern U.S. States Lead the Way in Growing Biomass Electricity Generation

Southern U.S. States Lead the Way in Growing Biomass Electricity Generation

Drawing on a variety of feedstocks, Biomass processing provides effective methods of utilizing waste in sustainable ways, including generating electricity and providing other value-added products.

Meeting sustainable development and climate change mitigation goals can be empowered by an increase in biomass processing, and a variety of options are part of Team Gemini’s development portfolio. From production of electricity and thermal energy; compost and fertilizer; to bioethanol, jet fuel, and more—the availability and cultivation of biomass feedstock has many implications for local and global economies. If applied and used effectively, biomass resources can make communities significantly more independent and sustainable in terms of energy supply.

States in the southern U.S. are already leading the way in growing biomass as an energy supply:

Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatthours (TWh) in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. In 2015, electricity generation from biomass across all sectors accounted for 11.3 percent of renewable electricity generation and 1.6 percent of total electricity generation in the United States.

Nearly half of the electricity generated from biomass in 2015 was at industrial facilities outside of the electric power sector, such as pulp and paper mills. Within the electric power sector, biomass accounted for 6.3 percent of renewable electricity and 0.8 percent of total U.S. electricity generation.

Team Gemini treats biomass as a combined effort between waste processing and resource generation. Many technologies ultimately contribute to this goal, including protecting and treating valuable water resources, implementing sustainable agriculture, and maintaining proper methods of waste management.

With team members providing innovative Bio-Ethanol plants, Anaerobic Digesters, CHP units, and Wastewater Treatment plants, Team Gemini offers a complete solution set for a variety of commodity-intensive industries. Design and development are integral in establishing economic viability, as various cost factors, technology configurations and applications, and other details vary from project to project. Team Gemini is part of this process, and making sure that all requirements are met and implemented for clients to most effectively apply sustainability measures in their operations.

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