December 22, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

RISI: Biomass Heat and Energy Growth Have Fueled Significant Global Wood Pellet Market Expansion Over 5-Year Period

Forest market analysts at RISI released a new report this week indicating that the global pellet trade has doubled in the past five years. A rapid switch from coal to biomass in European power markets accounts for much of the growth.

"Over the past five years, the wood pellet industry has expanded more than any other forest product industry, both in terms of wood consumed and dollars invested," said Seth Walker, RISI Bioenergy Economist and author of the new study. "Pellet imports by power plants in England, Belgium, and Denmark are driving demand and investment for pellet-producing countries like the US, Canada, and European suppliers like Latvia, Estonia, and Portugal."

To learn more about RISI and its European Pellet Supply and Cost Analysis, visit or read the press release. The full report is available for purchase.

PFI Standards Program: Reminder of Marketing Materials

As consumers and retailers focus on pellet purchases for the 2016-2017 winter season, we want to remind PFI members of the resources available to you to help you communicate about the PFI Standards Program and what it means for buyers.

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.

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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.

Happy Holidays!

PFI wishes you and your family a happy, warm, and relaxing holiday season. We look forward to a productive 2017!


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Industry News

EPA's Biomass Climate Mess
The Hill
Among the outgoing Obama Administration's principal priorities was limiting U.S. production of greenhouse gases. But in one area, its EPA undercut that goal, putting the U.S. at odds with a global scientific and policy consensus and peer-reviewed American science. When it meets in January, the next Congress should act early to correct the mistake.

What might be called the Age of Sustainability began at the 1992 Rio de Janeiro "Earth Summit." The massive convocation (172 governments; 116 heads of state) set out objectives and activities for dealing with urgent global challenges, particularly identifying strategies for addressing climate change.

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Oakfield Cedar Company Mulls Possibly Expansion of Ashland Sawmill
Bangor Daily News
Katahdin Forest Products, the Oakfield-based maker of cedar log homes, is considering expanding its sawmill in Ashland at the same time that a lumber dispute between the U.S. and Canada leaves a cloud of uncertainty over the market.

Amid ongoing growth in sales of log homes and fences, Katahdin Forest Products is looking at the possibility of "a significant expansion" at its Ashland mill, according to David Gordon, the company's president.

The potential expansion would rely on electricity purchased directly from the nearby ReEnergy biomass power plant at favorable rates and could roughly triple the mill's employment, Gordon said.

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European Commission Approves Drax Biomass Subsidy
The Guardian
The share price of Britain's biggest power station operator has jumped to a five-month high after the European commission approved subsidies for its conversion to burn wood pellets instead of coal.

Drax was awarded a renewable energy subsidy contract by the government in 2014 to switch the third unit of its coal power station in North Yorkshire over to biomass. That prompted a state-aid investigation by the commission, which was concerned the estimates of the plant's performance were too generous and Drax would be overcompensated.

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