July 1, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Reminder: Deadline is July 1st (TODAY) to Book Your Room at the Omni Grove Park Inn; Register for the Annual PFI Golf Tournament

We hope to see you in Asheville, NC for the PFI Annual Conference taking place July 24-26! 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.

If you are planning to join us, remember to make your reservation at the Omni Grove Park Inn by the end of the day TODAY, July 1, to take advantage of the conference rate. Please contact the hotel directly to reserve your room at 1-800-THE-OMNI (800-843-6664).

There's still time to register! The early bird deadline has passed, but members and non-members can still sign up to attend. Register today!

The PFI Annual Conference 2016 has a robust agenda lined up, with first class speakers to discuss some of the pellet fuels industry's most pressing issues, including panels on market growth, policy, operations and technology.

There are sponsorship and exhibitor packages available that feature free access to the conference, complimentary golf tournament registration, promotion to hundreds of potential pellet fuels customers, and more.

Sponsorship and exhibition at PFI's Annual Conference offer fantastic marketing and networking opportunities for all involved in the pellet fuels industry. Each year, colleagues from across North America and beyond attend this can't miss conference featuring two days of educational sessions, industry exhibits and social events. For information on sponsorships and exhibition, please contact PFI at [email protected].

Don't forget to sign up for the 2016 PFI Golf Tournament! Taking place the morning of Sunday, July 24, the tournament will be played on the legendary Omni Grove Park Inn golf course. The Donald Ross-designed course has been played by PGA stars Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus, and features views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Conference Speaker Preview: Brian Moran of Drax Biomass

At the PFI Annual Conference, attendees will hear the latest from industry experts on policy, technology, market opportunities, and much more.

Robert Rice is Professor of Wood Science at the University of Maine. He holds a bachelor's degree in Physics and a doctorate in Forest Products, and his background includes 10 years of industrial experience in engineering, marketing and contracts administration. Bob's work includes technical issues related to heat and mass transfer, wood physics and bioenergy studies. He oversees an accredited pellet testing laboratory that is fully equipped to provide energy related testing in a number of areas. He has provided marketing and technical assistance to over 150 companies located in Maine and other states as well as in Europe, South America and Africa.

Visit PFI's website to view the full conference agenda.

Host an Event for Bioenergy Day 2016, Taking Place on October 19

October 19, 2016, marks the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day! Many pellet fuels manufacturers are planning facility tours and other events to emphasize the many economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy to elected officials, customers, the media and other stakeholders.

We urge anyone interested in building ties to their communities to consider hosting a Bioenergy Day event, either on your own or jointly with other bioenergy businesses or supporters in your region.  There are many resources available to help you plan, including a Participation Guide on theBioenergy Day website. Previous participants are also willing to share best practices, lessons learned, and other tips to ensure a smooth and successful event. 

Thanks to many sponsors, including the U.S. Forest Service, and participants, Bioenergy Day has grown each year. Organizations across the country have engaged their communities on bioenergy, earning dozens of media stories and helping more people understand bioenergy. State and local governments, elected officials, universities and businesses have all recognized bioenergy in its many forms. Biomass power, domestic and export pellets, biogas, anaerobic digesters, combined heat and power - all of these types of bioenergy are part of Bioenergy Day.

To learn more, visit www.bioenergyday.com, or send an email to Carrie Annand at [email protected]


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Industry News

PHI Group to Acquire US Wood Pellet Maker
Bioenergy Insight
PHI Group, a US public company focused on conventional energy and renewables, announced that the company has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire a wood pellet manufacturing company in southeastern US.

The identity of the target company and certain details will be kept confidential until closing, PHI Group said in a statement.

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UK EU Exit Could Benefit UK Wood Pellet Producers
UK wood pellet producers supplying the UK premium pellet market will benefit in the short term from the UK's vote to leave the EU, UK Pellet Council chair John Westmacott said.

Producers within the UK could benefit from a weaker pound against the dollar and euro, which would make the cost of imports more expensive. But UK premium pellet prices are unlikely to be affected in the short term, Westmacott said. Meanwhile, a large European supplier to the UK premium market posited that a weaker sterling against the euro and less competition from cheap European imports could give UK producers scope to raise prices to consumers.

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BC Biomass Producers Brace for Post-Brexit Uncertainty
Vancouver Sun
The United Kingdom power is British Columbia's biggest buyer of wood-pellet biofuels and Thursday's Brexit vote to leave the European Union just made the province a more expensive place for them to do business.

The value of the pound plummeted by seven per cent against the Canadian dollar in currency trading Friday on international markets, which makes it tougher to negotiate new sales into the U.K., said Gordon Murray, executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada.

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This Fourth of July, You Can be a Grill Master
Queens NY Chronicle
Every Fourth of July, there's one thing Americans look forward to lighting up - the barbecue, of course.

And while every grill master has a secret for the perfect hamburger or hot dog, one Rego Park resident can say he knows the best way to serve up a mouthwatering steak fresh off the barbie.

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