March 25, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Pellet Fuels Institute at HPBExpo 2016


PFI leaders, staff and many members gathered in New Orleans, LA last week for HPBExpo 2016. In addition to meeting with hearth retailers, appliance manufacturers, and fuel manufacturers, PFI held its traditional Breakfast & Biomass.

Breakfast & Biomass: A Briefing on the Pellet Market took place on Friday, March 18. PFI Board Chairman Stephen Faehner presided over the breakfast, providing insight on the major PFI events of 2015, including the EPA's NSPS rule, PFI Standards Program developments and membership growth. He was followed by several speakers who gave an overview of the current pellet fuels market trends, a federal policy landscape and a preview of the 2016 PFI Annual Conference.

Pellet Fuels Institute also recognized Ron Leofsky and Jennifer Hedrick for their contributions to the pellet fuels industry.

Presentations from the Breakfast are available to Members on the PFI website

Congratulations to Harold Arnold, Jr., of Fram Renewables, who is the new owner of a pellet grill provided by Louisiana Grills!

A special thank you to our Breakfast & Biomass sponsors: 

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Save the Date!


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 as registration will open soon! Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available now!

Upcoming Industry Events

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

Financial assistance available for installing wood pellet boilers
Biomass Magazine
A nonprofit organization is expanding a program that helps Vermonters switch to high-efficiency wood pellet boilers to provide heat for homes, businesses and other properties in the Northeast Kingdom.

Homeowners are eligible for $1,000 to $5,000 incentives based on a sliding income scale. Owners of non-residential buildings-including businesses, non-profits and municipalities-are eligible for a $10,000 subsidy. These incentives are in addition to rebates currently available from Efficiency Vermont and the Clean Energy Development Fund.

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State to provide additional funding for woodstove exchange program
The state has approved $700,000 for the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program.

The program, which began in 2012, provides rebates to homeowners who replace their old and inefficient wood and pellet stoves with EPA-certified models that are cleaner burning and use less fuel.  The newer stoves use a third less fuel and release 70-90% less particulate matter, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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