July 15, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Sign Up Today for the PFI Annual Conference in Asheville, NC; 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.


There's still time to make your reservation at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Please contact the hotel directly to reserve your room at 1-800-THE-OMNI (800-843-6664).


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.  

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

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]

Golf Tournament

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: FutureMetrics' Bill Strauss

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

Stan Elliot, Pacific Coast Pellets, Shelton, WA. Stan has spent the past 14 years in the wood pellet business. Stan worked for Bear Mountain Forest Products prior to taking his current position in 2011. During his time with Bear Mountain, Stan introduced Bear Mountain's very successful line of BBQ pellets. Stan has enjoyed participating and speaking at pellet conferences in the US, Sweden, Austria and Italy. Stan is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and he lives with his wife Lisa in Tacoma, WA.

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



Pellet Fuels and Equipment Auction Scheduled for July 20

Okanaga Pellet Company, Inc., located in West Kelowna, British Columbia, is holding a live auction on July 20 to liquidate its assets. More than 100 items - including vehicles, equipment and even office supplies - will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Participants may join on-site or online.

For more information on the auction and its listed items, please visit the auction website

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

How Biomass Can Provide Carbon Benefits
Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor
Bruce E. Dale's July 11 op-ed "Old MacDonald Had a . . . Climate Offender" paints a picture of the Clean Power Plan-and the underlying science-that is far from reality.

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Lunenburg Wood Pellet Proposal Gets State Backing
WXAX Vermont
Plans for a wood pellet manufacturing plant in Northern Vermont just received a little financial help.

Governor Peter Shumlin announced that $550,000 dollars has been awarded to the town of Lunenberg which will lend the money to Kingdom Pellets.

They plan on transforming the paper mill in Gilman into a wood pellet manufacturing plant and creating 21 jobs in the Northeast Kingdom. The money comes from a state community development grant.

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Woodland Animals Largely Unaffected By Pellet Harvesting
WUNC North Carolina
New research from N.C. State suggests harvesting wood debris after logging doesn't have a major impact on small animal populations.

Wood pellets made from scraps left behind after clear-cutting are increasingly in demand as biomass, a renewable energy source to fuel power plants in Europe and parts of the United States.

But until recently, little was known about how wood debris harvesting impacts woodland animals. N.C. State forestry professor Christopher Moorman led a four-year study examining how birds, toads and other species use debris at logging sites throughout the South. He concluded the biomass harvest has little impact.

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OSU Cascades Eyes Biomass for a 'Net Zero Energy' Campus
KTVZ Central Oregon
A grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture could enable planners at Oregon State University-Cascades to move closer to achieving net zero energy usage across the future campus by studying the potential of integrating a woody biomass thermal energy system and campus-wide biomass district energy to provide heat to campus buildings.

The $193,910 grant was awarded by the USDA Forest Service's Wood Innovations grant program and will be used to determine the technology and space requirements of a campus-scale biomass thermal energy system.

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