PFI's Weekly Newsletter



August 11, 2017

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Thank You to PFI's 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors! 

Pellet Fuels Institute is grateful to all of our sponsors for enabling the success of our 2017 Annual Conference. Our Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors - Uzelac Industries, Shell, Timber Products, MoistTech Corp., Premier Tech and Andritz - generously donated to sponsor meals, breaks and other goodies that made the conference enjoyable. Our Bronze sponsors set up and monitored booths, attended sessions and donated time, goods, staff and energy. 

We thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible. We couldn't have done it without any of you. Visit our sponsors page to learn more about the 2017 sponsors.

Interested in being part of PFI's conference committee? Contact Carrie Annand for more information.

Uzelac Industries Expands with New Kansas Office

The premier industrial dryer company now offers a second location to serve customers. Uzelac Industries, the premier design-build manufacturer known for its drying systems, has made a home in beautiful Greendale, Wis., since its founding. Now, the company is expanding with a new office in Neodesha, Kan., to better serve customers. The new Uzelac Kansas location offers specialists in parts, service and new systems. 

Please visit PFI's website to learn more. 

Government Affairs Update: Recess Edition

Both houses of Congress are in recess with lawmakers back in their states and districts for the remainder of August. They are slated to return to Washington the week following Labor Day and will confront a couple of "must pass" items in September, namely a bill to fund the government past September 30 when the current funding measure expires. Also looming is the need to address the debt ceiling, which we are expected to bump up against in October.

Among the other "must pass" items this fall is reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and this vehicle may provide a pathway for moving the BTU Act-S. 1480/H.R. 3161. There are necessary tax provisions that need to be included as part of this reauthorization, which would provide the nexus for including our bill. We have reached out to our leads in the House and Senate to communicate to leadership that the BTU Act needs to be part of any energy tax incentive extension package that may materialize as part of this effort.

If this opportunity does not present itself, we will be working to include BTU Act provisions in any tax reform proposals that surface this fall and/or a year-end tax extender package if that emerges.

***New Pellet Wire Feature: Send Us Your Photos!***

Today, we're announcing a brand new Pellet Wire feature. We want to see photos of what's happening with the pellet fuels industry in your neck of the woods. 

Send us photos with captions - facilities, retailers, production, appliances, happy customers! We'll run the photos in Pellet Wire. 

Thanks to Stan Elliot with Pacific Coast Pellets for the first submission! 


Pacific Pellets in Shelton, WA has built up over 15,000 tons of pellets to prepare for the upcoming heating season.

Follow PFI on Facebook and Connect with us on LinkedIn! 

This week, PFI updated its LinkedIn page. We'd like to connect and interact with PFI members and anyone else involved in pellet fuels production! 

Here's how you can help us build our online community:

  1. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn!
  2. Encourage your colleagues and other business associates to follow us.
  3. Send Carrie Annand news or other ideas to post on LinkedIn.

Host an Elected Official at Your Facility for Bioenergy Day - Oct. 18

Wednesday, October 18, marks the day for the Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day. Consider inviting an elected official to tour your facility on Bioenergy Day. Whether it's your town's mayor, a state official, a member of Congress, Senator or Governor, Bioenergy Day is the perfect opportunity to introduce government officials to the pellet industry and its many environmental and economic benefits. bioenergy.

This year, we are highlighting the economic benefits of bioenergy. The presence of bioenergy in a community creates jobs, enhances revenue and forest products markets, and reduces waste. Our video on bioenergy, forest products and forestry in Northwestern Montana will illustrate how manufacturers convert leftover fuels into energy. 

There are many ways to contribute to Bioenergy Day 2017. We've uploaded our Participation Guide on the site to help you brainstorm the ways to mark Bioenergy Day, with some best practices and sample materials. You can also look around our website,, to see how other groups have approached Bioenergy Day. 

Contact Carrie Annand with any questions on Bioenergy Day 2017 or to register your organization's event. 

Have News to Share on Pellet Wire?

We'd love to feature your company's news in a future Pellet Wire! We want to be the first to know your company's recent developments to share them with the wider pellet fuels industry.

Please be in touch with Carrie Annand at [email protected] with information on your company's growth, job openings, promotions or other news. 

Join a PFI Committee

We welcome and encourage all interested PFI members to get involved in our committees. There are many opportunities to help steer the association. No matter where your expertise and interests lie, we have a committee that will suit you. Help us plan our next conference, shape our policy agenda, lead communications outreach or grow the PFI Standards Program. Visit PFI's website for more information. 

Upcoming Industry Events

September 19-21, 2017: 2017 International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion

June 16-21, 2018: Resources for Future Generations (RFG) 2018

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Industry News

Battle Over Biomass Subsidies at State Energy Resources Hearing 
Greenfield Recorder, Massachusetts

It's a local, plentiful energy source, but environmentalists argue that biomass - wood chips or pellets - can't be considered clean energy and shouldn't be subsidized by the state as such.

More than 70 people gathered at Holyoke Community College on Monday for the state's last public hearing on plans to designate the burning of fuel derived from trees as eligible for clean-energy subsidies.

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Ground Broken for Biomass Heater at State Offices 
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, New York

Numerous state and local officials were on hand Tuesday as several state agencies took part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a biomass heating system that will be built for the state office complex in Ray Brook.

Local officials, along with state Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation and New York Power Authority employees, gathered behind the DEC Region 5 headquarters at the future site of a system that will use wood pellets to heat the DEC, APA and New York State Police Troop B headquarters.

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Sierra Institute Biomass Heating Project to Break Ground  
Biomass Magazine

A biomass heating project in Plumas County, California, is set to break ground after a multiyear development process.

Aug. 1, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing and subsequent vote on whether or not the project would move forward. 

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