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March 10, 2023

From the Director's Desk: Industry Gathers in Atlanta, Below Normal Temps in Forecast, Registration Open for Pellet Fuels Annual Conference 

Industry Gathers in Atlanta

Last week the industry convened at the International Biomass Conference & Expo. Attendance from wood pellet producers (both industrial and premium heating) was strong. The Pellet Fuels Institute hosted its spring Board meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. 

If attendees were judicious in the panels chose to attend, they had an opportunity to hear marketplace discussions spanning the globe and both the industrial markets. Bill Strauss, of Future Metrics, gave two presentations over the course of the conference talking first about the impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act on pellet markets stateside for both industrial and premium pellet producers. During Wednesday's presentation, Strauss offered a look at pellet demand worldwide noting the rapid growth of the Japanese industrial pellet market and the emergence of Vietnam as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wood pellets. Christian Rakos, from the World Bioenergy Association offered his perspective on the demand spike for wood pellets in Europe in the wake of sanctions that impacted Russian pellet volumes available to buyers in Europe. Rakos shared that a mild winter dampened pellet demand in Europe and the high prices that pervaded the market at the beginning of this fall have dropped just as quickly.  

Below Normal Temps in Forecast

A snapshot of the weather for the next two weeks offered by the Climate Prediction Center shows a good chance of below-normal temperatures for the next two weeks. 

This is welcome news for producers in the mid-Atlantic and East as this year’s heating season has been even milder even than last year’s disappointing winter. March sales show high variability with an average of 50,000 tons in the East region. The last two years have fallen short of an average buoyed by strong sales in 2017 (62,808 tons) and 2019 (79,384 tons). The last three years have found March sales in the East tightly clustered around 45,000 tons. A return to the 50,000-tons-plus territory would be welcome indeed as it would help to avoid last year’s dismal U.S. total of 70,535 tons. The industry’s best March for sales was 157,906 tons (U.S. total) in 2019. 

Registration Open for Pellet Fuels Annual Conference  

Attendee registrations for the 2023 Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Conference are now officially open. Please make plans to join the Pellet Fuels Institute membership and board of directors in Austin, Texas June 6-8. We are looking forward to hosting our members and attendees in a great city with great food and music. Please make plans to attend today. 

Register today to secure your spot at the conference.

—Tim Portz
 Executive Director

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Photo of the Week:

Wood Pellet Producers Gather in Atlanta

Wood Pellet Producers Gather in Atlanta: The Pellet Fuels Institute hosted a meet and greet for member and non-member wood pellet manufacturers on Tuesday night at the International Biomass Conference & Expo. Kenny Lisle and Frank Kvietok (Lignetics) chatted with representatives from Greene Team and Lauzon Recycled Wood Energy, Inc before being interrupted for a quick selfie for the Pellet Wire. 

Photo Credit: Tim Portz 

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Industry News

EIA Monthly Densified Biomass Report (now with November data)

As of November 2022, the monthly data collection included 80 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. These manufacturers had a total production capacity of 13.30 million tons per year and collectively had an equivalent of 2,592 full-time employees.

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Heating Degree Day Data

Heating Degree Day Data Weekly Summary
Climate Prediction Center-NCEP-NWS-NOAA
Accumulations are from July 1, 2022 to March 4, 2023:

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Climate Prediction Center 8-14 Day Temperature and Precipitation Outlook

8 to 14 Day Outlooks
Valid: March 16 to 22, 2023
Updated: 08 March 2023

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Warm winter tamps down home heating oil prices

In November of 2022, with home heating oil prices nearing six dollars per gallon due to supply chain issues and the war in Europe, Connecticut residents and lawmakers alike were worried what the winter would bring.

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Enviva delivers record 1.5 million metric tons of pellets in Q4

Enviva Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on March 1, reporting that the company delivered a record 1.5 million metric tons of wood pellets during the three-month period at higher-than expected sale prices.

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Drax: Pellet production up 27% in 2022

Drax Group plc released 2022 financial results on Feb. 23, reporting that the company produced 3.9 million metric tons of wood pellets at its North American facilities last year, up 27 percent when compared to the 3.1 million metric tons produced in 2021.

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