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EIA Energy Outlook Predicts Increases in Renewable Energy Production

Jacob Kingston

An accomplished mechanical engineer and business executive, Jacob Kingston serves as the CEO of Washakie Renewable Energy in Utah. In this capacity, Jacob Kingston oversees operations at the biofuel producer and promotes the creation of environmentally conscious products.

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its predictions based on information from its July Short-Term Energy Outlook.

According to the EIA, energy generation from renewable sources is expected to increase by around 11 percent in 2017. Following this increase, total energy generation from renewables should remain relatively steady throughout 2018. The organization predicted that only a slight increase from 0.530 quadrillion Btu in 2017 to 0.532 in 2018 is expected from landfill gas and other non-food waste. Meanwhile, wood biomass energy production is expected to decrease from 1.958 quadrillion Btu to 1.955 quadrillion Btu.
Liquid biofuels were also evaluated in the EIA’s July report. The organization stated that biodiesel production increased from 101,000 barrels a day in 2016 to 105,000 barrels a day in 2017. This increase is expected to continue into 2018, at which time the country should be producing around 109,000 barrels per day. Given the expected increase in domestic production, import rates of biomass-based diesel are expected to fall from 54,000 barrels per day in 2016 to 53,000 in 2017. However, imports are expected to rise again in 2018.

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