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

July 9, 2021 

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

From the Director's Desk: 

Dog Days?

For the past month, most of the country west of the Mississippi has been gripped in a punishing heatwave, making the upcoming 2021-22 heating season feel a long, long way away.

Still, July is an important month for wood pellet producers as summertime production reaches full steam as plant teams work to put adequate inventory on the ground in preparation for both early-buy and early fall sales that really are just 60-75 days away.

I suspect this July will look quite different than last July and the July of 2019. Each of the previously mentioned Julys saw robust production and hearty sales. Last July, sales nearly reached 200,000 tons (192,924), a significant departure from the 125,000 – 130,000 ton pattern just a few years ago. Similarly, production in July in 2019 and 2020 topped 170,000 tons after hovering in the low 100,000 ton range. While I doubt the industry will return to the numbers more common in 2016-18, I think we’ll likely see us split the difference. Why? Inventory.

July often sees the industry reach a high-water mark of sorts regarding standing inventory. Volumes begin to draw down in August, making July the peak of our annual inventory build. Last year we topped out at 211,938 tons. In March, after a very soft late winter, we had already reached 170,000 tons. I expect these numbers kept producers from running their plants quite as hard April through June, perhaps a lucky break considering what we have heard about hiring particularly for harder to fill night or weekend shifts. We won’t know until mid-October but I suspect we’ll exit this July with more inventory on the ground than last July, but not by much. I’d say the industry ends up with somewhere between 230,000 and 250,000 tons on the ground after posting a string of months where production was 85-90% of 2020 numbers. By then we’ll have some indication of how much inventory consumers were sitting on as the summer sales figures start to come into sharper focus.

I hope your summer is going well and that you are able to spend some quality time with friends and family.

Wishing you a safe and productive two weeks.

Tim Portz 
Executive Director

Send Us Photos! Help us build a collection of photos of our members, their pellets mills, and product! Send images to Tim Portz at [email protected].


Follow PFI on Twitter, Friend Us on Facebook, and Connect with Us on LinkedIn 

We'd like to connect and interact with PFI members and anyone else involved in pellet fuel production! 

Here's how you can help us build our online community:

  1. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn!
  2. Encourage your colleagues and business associates to follow us
  3. Send Tim Portz news or other ideas to post on PFI's social media

Have News to Share on Pellet Wire?

We would love to feature your company's news in a future Pellet Wire! Let us be the first to know about your company's recent developments, and we will share them with the broader pellet fuels industry.

Please get in touch with Tim Portz via email at [email protected] with information on your company's growth, job openings, promotions, or other news. 

Join a PFI Committee

We welcome and encourage all interested PFI members to get involved in our committees. There are many opportunities to help steer the association. No matter where your expertise and interests lie, we have a committee that will suit you. Help us plan our next conference, shape our policy agenda, lead communications outreach, or grow the PFI Standards Program. Visit PFI's Committee Page for more information.

Connect with PFI
Join PFI

Fuel Availability

Are you a PFI member, pellet manufacturer, or distributor that has fuel available? Email [email protected] to have your listing updated or added to the PFI website.

Thanks for Your Continued Support of PFI! 

Not a member yet? Learn more about how PFI can work for you and join today! 


Industry News

Traeger Files for U.S. IPO (Bloomberg)

Traeger Inc., a maker of fancy barbecue grills, filed to go public in the U.S. -- right after much of the country pulled out grills for July 4 celebrations...

Read More

UK moves up deadline to end coal-fired power generation to 2024 (Biomass Magazine)

The U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on June 30 announced that the U.K. government will move up the deadline to remove unabated coal from the country’s energy mix by one year, to Oct. 1, 2024...

Read More

Vilsack names Moore as new US Forest Service chief (Biomass Magazine)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on June 28 named Randy Moore as the new U.S. Forest Service chief. Moore will replace current Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, who is scheduled to retire on July 26...

Read More

Company eyes Jeanerette for $70 million plant

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Delta Biofuel CEO Philip Keating announced the company is evaluating Iberia Parish for a planned $70 million renewable fuel plant...

Read More



Pellet Fuels Institute

[email protected] | (206) 209-5277 |