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

July 21, 2023

From the Director’s Desk:  Mark Your Calendars – PFI Fall Fly-In Tuesday, October 17 – Wednesday, October 18 

Mark Your Calendars – PFI Fall Fly-In - Tuesday, October 17 – Wednesday, October 18

This week, the Legislative Affairs and Policy Committee met to finalize a block agenda for our fall fly-in, select a venue and begin our planning process. The next step in our planning process involves YOU. Is this the year you engage in some in-person federal advocacy and tell your story on Capitol Hill?


We would very much like to have our fly-in roster known with firm commitments by August 15. To maximize our potential to land meetings with high-ranking staff or a member of Congress or the Senate themselves, a clear understanding of who will be on the fly-in is key.


The schedule has been built to accommodate folks that can only be away one evening. Our fly-in activities will begin at 3 PM on Tuesday, October 17th and conclude around 3:30 PM or 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 18th, providing people with an opportunity to book an evening flight out of DC on Wednesday night.


Watch for an official invitation to register for the fly-in and reserve a hotel room in the coming weeks

—Tim Portz
 Executive Director

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Photo of the Week:

Blaine’s Golf Hat: Blaine Emery (Lignetics) and Jed Hammell (Staggemeyer Staves) talk proper headwear, elk hunting, archery and wood pellet manufacturing before this year’s Pellet Fuels Institute Golf Tournament in Austin, Texas.

Photo Credit: Tim Portz


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Industry News

EIA Monthly Densified Biomass Report (now with April data)

As of April 2023, the monthly data collection included 77 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. These manufacturers had a total production capacity of 12.92 million tons per year and collectively had an equivalent of 2,493 full-time employees.

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Accumulations are from July 1, 2022 to July 15, 2023

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Q&A: Finding New Niches

It was nearly 20 years ago that Enviva was founded, and over the past couple of decades, the company has amassed a portfolio of 10 operating wood pellet plants with a production capacity of 6.2 million metric tons per year.

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DOE Releases invites applications for wood heater innovation program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is encouraging innovators, researchers and manufacturers to partner with the DOE’s national laboratories to accelerate wood heater innovation.

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Virginia forest products company announces expansion

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced on June 28 that Musser Biomass and Wood Products, a division of family-owned and -operated Musser Lumber Co., will invest $7.5 million and create 10 new, high-paying jobs to expand its operation in Wythe County. 

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