January 27, 2017

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Government Affairs Update: New Source Performance Standards

Since Congress convened its 115th session at the beginning of the month, two bills related to the New Source Performance Standards for wood heaters have been introduced. The first was put forward by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The legislation (H.R. 453) would simply postpone the effective date for phase 2 of the emissions limits. Instead of a May 15, 2020, compliance date, manufacturers would be required to have Phase 2 compliant equipment by May 15, 2023.

The second bill is a reintroduction of legislation that passed the House last year as part of the energy bill. This bill (H.R 694), introduced by Rep. Rouzer (R-NC) would simply repeal the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for wood heaters. Based on feedback from Members of Congress and their staff, there is considerable appetite to legislate on this issue. Many view the NSPS as another EPA overreach and because of that, the issue has become politically attractive. We will obviously keep you apprised of developments as the 115th Congress moves into full swing.

Softwood Lumber Board Check-Off Program Releases Forestry Video

The Softwood Lumber Board, a USDA check-off program dedicated to promoting the benefits and uses of the U.S. lumber products, this week released a video on the private landowners of Montana. The nearly 12-minute video explores how private landowners work together with the state government to sustainably manage the vast forestlands in Montana. The lessons learned in Montana, and demonstrated in the video, are applicable nationwide.

To watch the video, please visit the Forest Business Network.

Register for Breakfast & Biomass at HPB Expo 2017 in Atlanta, GA

The Hearth Patio & Barbecue Expo 2017 is approaching quickly! The annual event is taking place this year March 2-4 in Atlanta, GA, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

As in years past, PFI will be holding Breakfast & Biomass on Friday, March 3, at 7:30am. Don't miss the chance to network with fellow pellet fuels producers as well as stove manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and others involved in the pellet fuels industry.

Have breakfast and talk biomass with us at the HPB Expo. Registration is open for the $35 event, and is available on the Expo registration webpage.

If you have ideas for topics you'd like to see addressed at Breakfast & Biomass, please contact Carrie Annand at [email protected]

Need Help Talking About the PFI Standards Program and Its Significance? We Are Here to Help!

PFI has created materials to help retailers and consumers learn more about the PFI Standards Program and its Quality Mark.

One pager on the Standards Program: Our informational handout on the PFI Standards Program explains the program and its implications for pellet producers, retailers and stove manufacturers. It also lists the companies that have been qualified for the program, along with their websites.

One pager on the symbols found on pellet bags: We have created a one pager specifically explaining the various PFI logos and marks found on bags of pellets. It helps retailers distinguish the PFI Standards Program Quality Mark from other commonly used symbols. This handout is also ideal for printing off and distributing to customers or posting in a store.

Materials for members of the program: For qualified companies, we have created a marketing kit with suggested language for ensuring that customers and retailers are aware of your company's acceptance into the program and what it means. It also includes suggested language for websites.

If you are interested in receiving any of these materials, please contact Carrie Annand at [email protected]. If you are interested in joining the program, first step is to visit PFI's Standards Program web pages to identify an accredited auditing agency. The agency will help you come up with a Quality Control manual and get you on the path to joining the program.

2017 PFI Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities 

PFI invites you to become a 2017 sponsor! This year, we have developed a new, streamlined sponsorship program that will create multiple opportunities for your company in 2017. Your company will have great visibility at PFI events, on the PFI website, and in the PFI newsletter, amongst other benefits.

The 2017 Sponsorship packages include benefits such as:

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

PFI's membership includes over 100 member companies, and our electronic newsletter is sent to over 3,500 people every week. Now is the time to become a sponsor of this organization. Visit our website to explore how you can become involved.

Follow and Connect With Us on Social Media!

We urge all PFI members to engage with us on social media. By joining PFI in being visible and active on social media, we can make our voices heard more loudly and by many more audiences.

Follow us on Twitter: @PelletFuel
Friend us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pfipellets
Link with us on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/pellet-fuels-institute

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 

March 3, 2017: PFI Breakfast & Biomass

July 23-25, 2017: PFI Annual Conference

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Fuel Availability

Are you a PFI member pellet manufacturer or distributor that has fuel available? Email [email protected] to have your listing updated or added to the PFI website.

Industry News

EPA Biomass Policy is Stifling New Hampshire's Forest Industry
New Hampshire Union Leader
As the second most forested state in the nation, New Hampshire has long recognized the important role woody biomass (mainly forest thinnings and wood waste from forests) energy can play by diversifying its energy mix, providing clean and renewable power, and providing local jobs while benefiting the environment.

The importance of New Hampshire biomass is acknowledged in several policies including New Hampshire's official Climate Action Plan, adopted in 2009. The plan calls for harnessing forest-sourced biomass in "production of electricity (and) heating residential and public buildings...(while employing) sustainable forest management principles."

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European Wood Pellet Market Potential
Biomass Magazine
In 2016, the wood pellet market in Europe reached a size of 19 million tons per annum (Mtpa), while production capacity stood at 23.5 Mtpa, and consists of two largely independent sectors with only limited interaction. The industrial market is focused on large-scale bioenergy generation, while the premium market is focused on small-scale residential and commercial heat generation.

The use of pellets for industrial-scale energy generation has not been widely adopted across Europe, with the U.K., Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands leading the market. Nevertheless, this sector accounted for 51 percent (9.7 Mtpa) of total pellet demand in Europe in 2016, and Pöyry expects further growth in this sector. Demand is likely to reach levels of between 12.4 Mtpa and 20.2 Mtpa by 2025, depending on some outstanding political decisions.

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European Researcher Aims to Get More Value Out of Biomass
Biomass Magazine
Congratulations to Roberto Rinaldi who has been awarded a 2 million European Research Council Consolidator Grant to support his research.

Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a highly prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant to fund his world-leading work on lignin valorization. These highly competitive grants are awarded to outstanding early career researchers to help them consolidate their research teams, develop their innovative ideas and establish themselves as leaders in their fields.

The ERC grants are one of the top funding schemes available to researchers in Europe, and recipients must have an exceptional track record for their career stage. The ERC only considers world-class researchers who submit a research proposal of the highest standard.

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