Pellet Wire

 The Pellet Fuels Institute's Weekly E-Newsletter

PFI Update: PFI events @ HPBExpo; Conference Speaker Abstract Deadline

February 2, 2015

Participate in PFI Events at HPBExpo 

Breakfast & Biomass

Join the Pellet Fuels Institute in Nashville, TN, on Friday, March 6 for Breakfast & Biomass: A Briefing on the Pellet Market. Held at HPBExpo, the breakfast offers a chance to meet with colleagues throughout the pellet industry and to dive in to a variety of timely topics, including:

The 2015 Policy Landscape

2014 Pellet Stove Shipment Report

Pellet Standards

Pellet Market Overview and Opportunities

For more information on how to register and to view the agenda, visit the PFI website.

Please note that all who wish to participate in the breakfast must be registered attendees of HPBExpo

**One breakfast attendee will take home a Louisiana Grills LG700 pellet grill. Thank you to Louisiana Grills and all of our breakfast sponsors: 


If you would like to learn how your company can become a sponsor of Breakfast and Biomass, please contact PFI staff at [email protected]

PFI Standards Program Education

PFI is sponsoring an educational session on the PFI Standards Program at HPBExpo. Open to all attendees, this session will delve into the standards program and what it means for pellet producers, appliance manufacturers, retailers and consumers. With the EPA’s release of the New Source Performance Standards for residential wood burning appliances scheduled for February, this will be a very timely session for all.  Pre-registration is not required. 

PFI Standards Program Education
Friday, March 6
10:30am- 12:30pm
Music City Center, Nashville, TN

PFI Introduces New Sponsorship/Advertising Opportunities

We wanted to alert you to some new opportunities for marketing and showcasing your company through the Pellet Fuels Institute.

This year, we’re excited to introduce all-inclusive sponsorship packages. For a flat annual fee, sponsors can purchase packages that include multiple options for generating exposure for your company in the Pellet Wire, on the PFI website and at PFI events. Each of these packages (except Bronze) is available for a limited number of sponsors and comes with varying levels of benefits and visibility for your company. The price of each package offers a significant savings of 17%-25% off its total value. 

Additionally, PFI is offering members and non-members the chance to advertise in PFI’s weekly email communications and on the PFI website, creating broad exposure for your companies.

We are excited about these opportunities and hope you will take full advantage of them.

>>Click here to learn more.

PFI Members Receive 20% Off Passes and Exhibit Spaces at the Small Log Conference!

Join Andritz and other PFI members at the luxurious Coeur d'Alene Resort in Idaho, March 24-26:

  • Enjoy two full tracks dedicated to wood pellets and pellet exports
  • Benefit from pellet presentations by Stephen Faehner of American Wood Fibers, Tim Portz of Pellet Mill Magazine, and others
  • Learn about wood pellet markets in Japan from a leading Japanese consultant
  • Take a tour of North Idaho Energy Logs' pellet plant
  • Hear the latest research findings in cutting-edge forest residues to biofuels projects
  • and much more!

PFI members receive 20% off full-conference attendee passes and exhibit spaces. Register using the discount code: PFIPromo2015


PFI Seeking Speaker Abstracts: Deadline One Week Away

Thanks to each of you who submitted your ideas for topics to be covered at the 2015 PFI Annual Conference. The PFI Conference Committee has compiled your ideas into six categories, for which we are now seeking speakers.

1. The Global Pellet Market (e.g. economic impact, market opportunities in the U.S. and beyond, understanding the global supply chain, global concerns for existing and future pellet manufacturers, etc.)

2. Enhancing Pellet Operations (to include safety practices at the plant, improving specific aspects of production, best practices in operation, developing contracts, etc.)

3. Tools to Support Pellet Producers (technology based or others, e.g. database development and management, preventative maintenance software, safety training tools, etc.)

4. Industry Compliance (e.g. SFI, PERC, or FSC Sustainability; OHSA; PFI Standards; EPA Regulations, etc.)

5. Pellet Marketing and Promotion (e.g. cross industry marketing, grow markets, attracting international interest, improving understanding of biomass, etc.)

6. Open Category (for all proposals outside the scope of the above categories)

Please consider submitting abstract for one or more of the above categories. Learn more hereDeadline to submit an abstract is this Friday, February 6. Submit an abstract today!    

FEMP Offering Training Series on Renewable Energy Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program is offering a new training series focusing on various renewable energy technologies, including biomass for heat and power applications. The training is geared toward federal energy and facility managers but is open to all.

For more information, visit’s FEMP’s website.

PFI Member Benefits 

Each week, new information is added to the Members Only section of the PFI website. Current members, you simply have to log in with your member name and password to access this information. If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2015, it just takes a few moments to do so right on the PFI website.

If you aren’t a member of PFI and want to take advantage of the numerous benefits PFI membership affords, please visit our website for more information. And, we encourage you to contact PFI staff to find out how PFI membership can benefit your businesses. 

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Industry News

Utah Burn Ban Ignites Outrage Over 'Basic Freedoms'

High Country News
Over 500 people showed up at the historic Cache County courthouse in Logan, Utah, Jan. 21 for a public hearing organized by the state’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ). They tried to squeeze in to a courtroom with a capacity of 160. A line formed out the courtroom doors, down the hallway, outside, and into a parking lot, where on a flatbed truck, wood-burning stoves sat on display, a warm orange glow flickering through their glass doors. This was as good a spot as any for residents to warm up while waiting for their turn to give comments on a proposed seasonal wood burning ban in the county.

The ban would prohibit the use of solid fuel burning devices for over four months every winter in seven northern Utah counties. The Utah DAQ is accepting comments through Feb. 9 and plans to make a decision or revise the rule before the beginning of the 2015/2016 winter inversion season.

Read the Full Article

First of Its Kind Test Focusing on Screening Woody Biomass to Produce Quality Feedstocks

Forest Business Network
Craig Rawlings and I recently spent two cool, overcast days in Eugene, Oregon observing a test to develop new screening technologies for use in-woods with grinders and chippers. The test, conducted by the Waste to Wisdom project — Task 2 Team — experimented with two screening systems (star and deck) using chipped materials from pulpwood and hog fuel ground from logging slash.

Scroll below to get a closer look at this study, which is part of the efforts to produce quality feedstocks for biomass conversion technologies in the Waste to Wisdom (W2W) project. An in-depth photo essay will be available in the upcoming Waste to Wisdom website, which is expected to launch next month.

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Voters Want an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Bill

The Morning Consult
Amidst buzz that the Republican Congress will consider across-the-board energy legislation, new polling figures reveal that they’ll have strong public support for the effort. Eighty-four percent of voters think passing a comprehensive energy bill is either “extremely important” or “very important,” according to a new Morning Consult Survey.

Even though voters rank energy policy as a low priority when compared to things like the economy, healthcare and defense, they strongly support a comprehensive energy bill.

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