PFI's Weekly Newsletter



October 20, 2017

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Bioenergy Day 2017: 60+ Organizations Participate; Congressman Westerman Delivers Floor Speech; Pellet Producers, Appliance Manufacturers and Retailers Open their Doors

Thank you to all who participated in the 5th Annual Bioenergy Day! More than 60 organizations in the United States and Canada participated in Bioenergy Day 2017 - the most of any year yet. The pellet fuels industry was well-represented among bioenergy industry advocates including biomass power producers, biofuels manufacturers, universities, Forest Service state and federal offices and state and local governments. Bioenergy Day participants welcomed elected officials, school groups, community stakeholders, members of the media, and customers to learn more about the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy.

Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), chair of the House Working Forests and Biomass Caucuses, kicked off the week by delivering a statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Bioenergy Day and the importance of bioenergy in wood markets and improved forest management. You can view his statement here. Congressman Westerman also posted an editorial on his website on the importance of bioenergy.  


Kuma Stoves displays a Bioenergy Day sign at its Rathdrum, Idaho, manufacturing facility. 

Social media hosted an active discussion of bioenergy on Bioenergy Day. Dozens of photos and media stories were shared using the hashtag #bioenergyday. The U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Forest Service tweeted several times in support of bioenergy to their combined 900,000 followers.

Pellet Fuels Institute sponsored Bioenergy Day, along with the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association and Biomass Thermal Energy Council.

We encourage you to check out the Bioenergy Day website to see all that went on for Bioenergy Day 2017! 

PFI Board of Directors Meets in Atlanta, GA

This week, the PFI Board of Directors met in Atlanta, GA. Here is a photo of them hard at work! Thanks to Board chairman Stan Elliot for the submission! 

Let us feature your pellet mill or hardware shop in a future Pellet Wire! 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 a future edition of Pellet Wire. 

Check Out PFI's Updated Events Page to Plan Ahead for Industry Events

Plan ahead for pellet, barbecue and forestry industry events! Be sure to check our updated online calendar with information on many events happening during the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. Most important, mark your calendars for next year's PFI events! 

Breakfast & Biomass at the HPB Expo in Nashville, TN - March 8-10, 2018

PFI Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC - June 24-26, 2018 

If our calendar is missing any events that you're planning to attend, please send an email to Carrie

MoistTech Corp Announces Its Move in Sarasota, FL

MoistTech Corp. announces its move to 6408 Parkland Drive Suite 104 Sarasota, FL 34243.

MoistTech Corp.® has grown over the past years with the need to expand our corporate headquarters to a larger facility to continue to exceed our customer's needs. Still located in beautiful Sarasota, FL, our move into a new, larger office space accommodates our growing Sales Team, Marketing Efforts, Lab & Sample Testing Facilities and Calibration department with the needed space to expand our efforts.

The new 8,000 square foot facility will enable us to better serve the planning needs of our clients as we continue to grow our team. As of September 2017, MoistTech Corp. has doubled its space and revenue in the last 3 years in which is contributed to their steady approach to customer service excellence, lasting long-term relationships with our clients and investing in our team's success.

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New Bioenergy Day Video - Northwest Montana

The 2017 Bioenergy Day video has been released! Produced in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the video showcases how bioenergy supports the economy and promotes good forest management practices in Northwest Montana. 

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Upcoming Industry Events

March 8, 2018: HPB Expo

March 9, 2018: 2018 PFI Breakfast & Biomass

April 16, 2018: International BiomassConference & Expo

May 1, 2018: Heating the Midwest

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Industry News

Local Business Participates in the 5th Annual Bioenergy Day
WXOW, Wisconsin

More than 50 businesses and organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada have come together to participate in the 5th Annual National Bioenergy Day.

American Home Fireplace & Patio in West Salem was one of those businesses opening its doors to the community to demonstrate the benefits bioenergy provides on a local level.  Bioenergy refers to the generation of electricity and heat from wood and other organic materials that provides a sustainable, renewable, and carbon-friendly energy source. 

The Xcel Energy plant out on French Island provides a unique service to La Crosse county.

"We've got a plant out on French iIland that burns three types of fuel.  It burns the refuse dry fuel from our garbage, it burns wood waste from sawmills and different places, and it also burns wood but it burns railroad ties, shredded up railroad ties, which is a real good way to recycle those railroad ties and make energy out of them," says Mike Herro, Community Service Manager for Xcel Energy.

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High Wildfire Risk Areas Encouraged to Apply for U.S. Forest Service Grants for Projects that Expand Wood Products and Wood Energy Markets   
Sierra Sun Times, California

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service is taking grant applications for projects that expand wood products and wood energy markets, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. Applications may be submitted through Jan. 22, 2018.

Grants provided through the agency's Wood Innovations program not only help reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health, but also create jobs to promote economic vitality in our communities.

In 2018, the program will invest up to $7 million in projects designed to have a long-term impact on lands managed by the agency and other forest lands by leveraging the market for low-value wood. Funding is available to support a diverse range of activities, from completing engineering designs, cost analyses, permitting, or other requirements for the final stages of commercial construction projects using wood as a primary building material as well as developing a cluster of wood energy projects in a specific geographic area. Funding may also support business planning and efforts to accelerate the manufacturing, market adoption, and demonstration of innovative wood products, such as cross-laminated timber.  

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Biomass Operator Seeks Partner to be a Win-Win Neighbor   
Portland Press Herald, Maine

ReEnergy wants to work with a business that could gain from being next to its Maine plants.

The owner of four biomass plants in Maine is looking for a partner to co-locate next to its facilities as a strategy to improve the plants' commercial viability.

ReEnergy Biomass Operations, a company based in New York, owns biomass plants in Fort Fairfield, Ashland, Startton and Livermore Falls. It has filed a request for proposals for a partner with commercial technology to co-locate at one or several of the plants.

The intent is, within three years, to increase the profitability of the biomass plants, and either manufacture bio-based materials from wood, or convert the heat and steam from the energy process into other high-value products.

Examples of industries that could co-locate include biofuels, agriculture and aquaculture. Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 30.

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