February 19, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Get a Full Industry Update at PFI's Breakfast & Biomass at the HPBExpo in New Orleans, LA, March 17-19

PFI welcomes all attending the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo in New Orleans, LA, held March 17-19, to join us for our annual event, Breakfast & Biomass: A Briefing on the Pellet Market.

The agenda has been set for the event, with speakers addressing all aspects of the pellet industry. PFI Chairman Stephen Faehner will preside over the event, providing updates on industry and member activities. Stan Elliot, Co-Chair of the PFI Conference Committee will provide a preview of the 2016 PFI Annual Conference in Asheville, NC. HPBA staff will present their annual report on pellet stove shipments. Finally, Pat Rita of Orion Advocates and John Crouch of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association will give attendees an overview of the policy and regulatory issues facing the industry this year.

The event includes a full breakfast, networking opportunities, and discussion of the latest trends and issues of importance to all involved in the industry. Breakfast & Biomass will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30am in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Please visit PFI's website for more information on how to register for the $35 breakfast.

If you are planning to attend Expo, hotel accommodations can be made on the Expo website. 

PFI Standards Program Webinar

On Wednesday, PFI held a webinar on the PFI Standards Program and its impacts on the pellet fuels and pellet appliance industries. Nearly 80 participants logged in to hear from Hearth & Home Technologies' John Shimek, Timber Products Inspection's Chris Wiberg, Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association's John Crouch, and PFI's Jennifer Hedrick.

The speakers shared the history and significance of the PFI Standards Program for manufacturers and retailers, going over the process for becoming a qualified company as well as how the EPA's New Source Performance Standards for new residential wood heaters, including pellet appliances, are being instituted. 

The webinar is posted on PFI's website and is available to PFI members. Please contact Carrie Annand at [email protected] with any additional questions. 

Save the Date: PFI's Annual Conference Will Be Held July 24-26 in Asheville, NC

The date is set for PFI's 2016 Annual Conference. Join us July 24-26 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC! 

The PFI Annual Conference highlights the various applications of densified biomass, as well as trends and best practices within the densified biomass industry. It attracts a broad range of individuals from the public and private sectors, academia, and local, state and national governments from North America and beyond. The conference features two days of educational sessions as well as industry exhibits, extensive networking opportunities and a golf tournament. 

Visit PFI's website for more information. Be sure to watch this space and registration will open soon! 


Upcoming Industry Events

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

North American pellet exports increased during the third quarter
Biomass Magazine
North American overseas pellet exports increased for the second consecutive quarter in the third quarter of 2015, rising 15 percent from the previous quarter to reach a new record high of just over 1.6 million tons, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The U.S. South continues to be in expansion mode with additional capacity being added during the fall of 2015.

Newly operating pellet plants in the U.S. Gulf Coast region made their presence felt in the third quarter of 2015 with their first shipments to Europe. German Pellets in Louisiana, Drax Biomass's two new plants in Louisiana and Mississippi, and Zilkha Biomass Energy in Alabama all continued their ramp-up of operations.

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The Science Advisory Board wait is over - now we need a policy for forest biomass
National Alliance of Forest Landowners
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel on biogenic carbon emissions completed its final draft report providing recommendations for assessing biomass carbon emissions. Assuming the full SAB approves the report later this spring, the work of the biogenic panel will finally conclude, providing yet another science reference to inform policy.

Not surprisingly, the panels report confirms much of what we already know about determining the carbon neutrality of forest biomass - we should focus on actual changes in forest carbon or "carbon stocks"; we should consider long time frames to fully capture carbon change - the panel believes 100 years is reasonable; we should consider carbon stocks at broad geographic scales; and we should account for economic factors such as the impact of markets on forest investment, replanting and retention.

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