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

March 19, 2021 

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

From the Director's Desk: 

Tax Credit One-Pager Available on

Almost immediately after hearing that the residential component of the BTU Act was signed into law the Pellet Fuels Institute went to work on aggregating information and publishing it on our website. The page was developed with our retail partners and their customers in mind. Next, we set our sights on developing a one-page takeaway to arm our downstream retail partners with something they could give prospective customers to convey the very basics of the tax credit, while also directing them to our website for more information. I’m happy with how the document ended up. It's attractive, punchy, and entirely in black and white. The black and white format recognizes that many retail locations have simple black and white printers on site. The piece was designed to be a handsome document that carries the PFI brand proudly. Please feel free todownload the document and distribute it widely. It does little good unless it lands in the hands of prospective pellet appliance buyers.

PFI Annual Conference is On!

A favorite high school composition teacher told me long ago that my lifetime quota for the use of exclamation points was one. I cannot imagine a better place to use it than to draw attention to our decision to go forward with a in-person annual conference this year. Encouraged by the progress of vaccinations and the careful reopening of venues for in-person gatherings we have made the decision to move forward with a “real” conference. We could not be more excited. We fully expect that our event will look different than events in the past (I think buffet lines and chafing dishes of self-serve food are likely out), but the event will still offer the year’s single best opportunity to network with a broad swath of pellet producers. Details are being finalized and we expect registration to be open by the end of the month. Please watch for forthcoming details.

EIA Data Shows 2020 Pellet Production and Sales Totals Just Short of 2019 Numbers

On Wednesday the Energy Information Administration published the December 2020 data completing the data set for the 2020 production year. Milder temperatures in the East and South softened sales numbers, making December 2020 (177,098 tons) the smallest December in the report’s history. The soft December contributed to a fourth quarter slump that saw the sector sell just over 600,000 tons, 50,000 tons less than the next lowest 4th quarter (650,000 in 2017) since 2016. While sales fizzled a bit in the fourth quarter, the year fell just short of the high-water mark set last year (2,220,264 in 2019 vs. 2,185,880 in 2020). Considering the uncertainty facing the sector just one year ago with questions about the pandemic’s impact on inbound fiber, business continuation, and retailer closures, I’d offer the year ended up as good as anyone may have hoped for. Had some colder temperatures showed up in the fourth quarter we likely would be talking about a record year. 

Tim Portz 
Executive Director

Photo of the Week

Protecting their #1 Asset: A company-wide initiative to offer vaccines to all its employees at Allegheny Wood Products and Appalachian Wood Pellets wrapped up last week. Working in partnership with local health agencies, the organization was able to offer over 250 employees an opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. In this photograph Charles Wagner, Quality Control/Safety Director at Appalachian Wood Pellets, receives the vaccine.

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