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

November 24, 2021

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

From the Director's Desk:

Happy Thanksgiving

Probably, this edition of the Pellet Wire finds you either preparing your own home for holiday guests or in transit to someone else’s home. I wish you all safe travels and the very best this Thanksgiving season. I’m thankful for the privilege of working in a great industry filled with great people. This fall found me on the road, visiting member locations and gathering with our board. I’m passionate about the role our industry plays in the broader forest products sector and thrilled to tell that story, but what gives me the most satisfaction in my role is building relationships with all of you. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Pellet Fuels Institute, and me.

A Strong August

EIA data published last week shows that wood pellet sales in August were a welcome relief from the string of "meh" months that preceded it. For the first time in 2021, the monthly sales numbers exceeded the corresponding month’s sales from 2020. U.S. total shipments were 224,527 tons against the production of 174,906, also a high-water mark for the year. Producers dug into plant inventories to fill orders and U.S. total inventory dropped from 304,185 to 269,886. Heating Degree Days are still lagging historical averages all across pellet land, but in conversations with our producer members, it sounds like November business has been brisk.

Tim Portz
Executive Director

Photo of the Week: Courtesy of Frank Scorzetti

Be Safe Out There (Take 2!): Hunting season is here and that finds many of us in the woods pursuing deer, pheasants, ducks, and grouse. Frank Scorzetti (ProAmpac) is pictured here (second from front) with his family on a recent outing. I wish you all a safe and fruitful season in your neck of the woods. If you think of it, send along a photo. Bonus points (and certain inclusion in a future Pellet Wire) for any picture that also includes wood pellets or a wood pellet appliance.

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Industry News

Heating Degree Days Data (worthy of a bookmark)

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EIA Monthly Densified Biomass Report (with August data)

Highlights for August 2021: As of August 2021, the monthly data collection included 79 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. These manufacturers had a total production capacity of 12.85 million tons per year and collectively had an equivalent of 2,301 full-time employees...

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Japan Proposes Standards for Non-industrial Wood Pellets

The government of Japan on Nov. 9 proposed new Japanese agricultural standards (JAS) for wood pellet fuel used in non-industrial applications, such as residential stoves and commercial boilers. A comment period is open through Dec. 9...

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Private Equity Firms Deal on Wood Pellet Maker

EagleTree Capital LLC has bought Lignetics Inc. from Taglich Private Equity LLC and Mill Road Capital Management LLC.

No purchase price was given in a press release about the deal.

Louisville-based Lignetics uses about 2 million tons of wood waste annually to make up to 1.4 million tons of wood pellets for use in home heating, for barbecues and to make cat litter and horse bedding. It sells at retailers under a dozen brands including Green Supreme, Bear Mountain BBQ, Catalyst Pet and EZ Equine...

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