Catch up with PFI in this issue of the Pellet Wire!

May 24, 2024

From the Director’s Desk: Countdown to Charleston 


Early Bird Pricing Ends TODAY

Where did Spring go? It’s been a busy one for the PFI as we simultaneously prepared for and executed our Farm Bill fly-in earlier this month and are in the last few weeks of preparation for the 2024 PFI Annual Conference scheduled for the end of next month, June 25 - 27, in Charleston, South Carolina.

I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to our incredible roster of conference sponsors. Their financial commitment to our conference allows us to gather and convene in a great American city dripping with history. For anyone interested in taking a deep dive into arguably Charleston’s biggest historical moment, I would highly recommend Erik Larson’s new book, “The Demons of Unrest.” Lignetics CEO, Brett Jordan, sent me a copy and it is a fascinating account of the election of Abraham Lincoln and the outbreak of the Civil War. At least half of the book is set in Charleston, and the Mills House, our conference hotel, even gets a few mentions.

We gather in Charleston not to have a book discussion, however. Instead, we gather to discuss our businesses, our markets and our shared interests in state and federal policy. We also gather to reconnect with old friends, make new ones and expand on the vendor and partner relationships so vital to our businesses.

Rooms remain available at the historic Mills House. To receive at the special conference block rate, book before June 3.

—Tim Portz
 Executive Director

2024 Annual Conference

Photo of the Week:

The Michigan Brain Trust: Cory Schrock (Lignetics) and Ben Rose (Michigan Wood Fuels) catch up at the 2022 PFI Annual Conference. The PFI and its annual conference has become an instrumental part of the community of friends that make up our industry. Registration remains open for the 2024 Annual Conference. We would love to see you there.

Photo Source: Tim Portz

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Industry News

EIA Monthly Densified Biomass Report

As of February 2024, the monthly data collection included 76 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. These manufacturers had a total production capacity of 13.17 million tons per year and collectively had an equivalent of 2,428 full-time employees.

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Heating Degree Days Data

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Thompson Releases 2024 Farm Bill Overview

House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15) released the following statement after sharing a title-by-title overview of the bipartisan policies and priorities included in the 2024 farm bill.

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Biomass Thermal Energy Council Rising

When the Biomass Thermal Energy Council was first organized in 2008-’09 with the help of a Washington, D.C., association management firm, wood heat was a rising star in the renewable energy universe. A November 2009 Capitol Hill briefing for congressional staff, organized by BTEC, the Pellet Fuels Institute and the Alliance for Green Heat, attracted a large audience.

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Timing Is Everything

Last October, the Pellet Fuels Institute gathered in Washington, D.C., to execute a federal policy fly-in. Three different groups of producer members met with nearly 30 members of Congress or their staff, discussing our industry and the contributions we make to rural economies and the forest products sector within our respective states and districts.

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UK REA Stresses Importance of Biomass Power In Meeting Net Zero Goals

The U.K. Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) on May 15 released a statement highlighting the ongoing importance of biomass power in reaching the U.K.’s net zero goals. The REA also stressed it will continue to support the biomass industry and hold it to high standards. 

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