January 22, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Understanding Fuel Standards

The Pellet Fuels Institute is pleased to announce a webinar on the PFI Standards Program taking place on Wednesday, February 17, at 1pm EST/10am PST. Register on PFI's website and encourage your network to register as well. 

Webinar participants will learn more about the PFI Standards Program, including the impact of the new EPA regulation that applies to pellet burning appliances and their fuel. 

This Webinar is a must attend event for all involved in the pellet industry. 

Webinar speakers will include John Shimek, SVP of Product Development, Hearth & Home Technologies; John Crouch, Director of Public Affairs, Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association; Chris Wiberg, Lab Director, Timber Products Inspection; and Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute.


Contact Carrie Annand at [email protected] for more information.


Register for Breakfast & Biomass in New Orleans, LA


PFI welcomes all attending the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Expo to join us for our annual event, Breakfast & Biomass: A Briefing on the Pellet Market. At the session, we will address the latest trends and issues of importance to all involved in the industry. Join us on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30am in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event will include industry reports, networking opportunities and a full breakfast. 

Please visit PFI's website for more information on how to register for the $35 breakfast.

If you are planning to attend Expo, you're encouraged to book your hotel room soon. Hotel accommodations can be made on the Expo website


Don't Miss Your Chance to Become a 2016 PFI Sponsor

PFI's newly developed 2016 sponsorship program creates multiple opportunities for your company in the year ahead. Your company will have great visibility at PFI events, on the PFI website, and in the PFI newsletter, as well as automatic registration for Breakfast & Biomass and other PFI events. The deadline is January 29 to be able to enjoy a year-long sponsorship of PFI and its programs.

The 2016 Sponsorship packages include benefits such as:

  • 10x10 booth at the PFI Annual Conference
  • PFI Annual Conference registrations
  • Breakfast & Biomass registrations
  • Company logo listed on the PFI website
  • Newsletter advertising
  • Website advertising
  • And more! 

Make sure that your company is taking full advantage of your PFI membership in 2016. A PFI sponsorship ensures that your company is closely involved with all of our events and publications, providing maximum exposure at a minimum cost. 

Join a growing list of PFI sponsors today. Visit the PFI website to learn more.

Paris and Pellets: Riding the Winds of Change

By Christiane Egger

A few weeks ago in Paris, a potentially historical climate agreement was signed and sent a strong message about the important changes that are to come to the worldwide energy sector. The 195 participating nations showed their commitment to reducing greenhouse gases in order to limit the rise in global temperatures. An ambitious transition toward renewable energy sources has been announced with the goal of weaning our societies off fossil fuels by the end of the century.

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Upcoming Industry Events

January 28, 2016 : Western Forestry and Conservation Association Conference

February 24-26, 2016
: World Sustainable Energy Days 2016

March 18, 2016
: Breakfast & Biomass

March 30-April 1, 2016
: Northeast Biomass Heating Expo

April 5-7, 2016
: Argus Biomass 2016

April 11-14, 2016
: International Biomass Conference & Expo 2016

June 6-9, 2016
: European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

June 15-17, 2016
: International Bioenergy Conference

July 24-26, 2016
: PFI Annual Conference

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Industry News

White paper highlights critical areas in pellet making process
Biomass Magazine
On Jan. 12, FutureMetrics LLC released a white paper author and senior consultant John Swaan said could be called wood pellet making 101." The paper highlights several critical areas in the process of making wood pellets. Although the process appears simple and straightforward, Swaan said the reality is far more complex.

Swaan stated in the paper, the apparent simplicity of the process has caused many project developers to fail to incorporate the knowledge, skills and, most importantly, the wisdom gained from experience into the plant designs and operations protocols.

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Washington State University Extension Q&A: Should I use wood ash in my garden?
Tri-City Herald
Q. I heat my house with a wood pellet stove. With the cold weather lately, I have a large amount of wood ash. I read that it is good to put wood ash on your garden and work it into the soil. Is this true?

A. Wood ash, especially hardwood ash, is high in potassium and provides a source of this nutrient. However, wood ash is also alkaline and will increase the alkalinity of the soil. The addition of wood ash to garden soil is helpful only if the soil is acid, significantly less than 7.0 and lacking in potassium. However, you typically only find very acid soils in the parts of Washington that receive more than 20 inches of rain a year.

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Edgecomb forester starting pellet business
Boothbay Register
The state's rapidly shrinking paper industry is putting the squeeze on local landowners who have supplied Maines mills with low-quality pulp for decades. When the Verso Corp. closed its Bucksport mill in 2014, it resulted in one less customer for Maine foresters.

As a 22-year licensed forester, Erik Carlson of Edgecomb is well aware of the state's paper mills struggles over the past generation. One of his largest customers is the Verso mill in Jay. The Androscoggin Mill purchases pulp wood from Carlson and his clients.

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