September 30, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Vermont Pellet Heating Information Session a Model to Build Interest in Pellet Heating

The New England-based Northern Forest Center is holding a community information session in Vermont to help residents learn more about heating with pellet fuels. The session will provide attendees with basic knowledge about pellets and pellet appliances, as well as the economic and environmental benefits of wood heating. The Center will also share details about how to take advantage of local incentives for heating with wood. 

"Switching to wood pellet boilers is the right thing to do, even when oil prices are low," said Maura Adams, program director for the Northern Forest Center. "Buying local wood pellets is good for our economy just the way buying local food is. One hundred percent of what we spend on wood pellets keeps circulating in the local economy, but 78 percent of what we spend on heating oil leaves the local economy."

The goal of the Center's Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative is to demonstrate the reliability and efficiency of wood pellet boilers and create a market for bulk delivery of wood pellets. Wood pellets are a reliable, renewable, local fuel with a stable price history. Demand for pellets creates jobs for rural communities, and using wood pellets instead of oil reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Other benefits of the program include strengthening markets for low-grade wood, which provides a financial incentive to forestland owners to keep their forests intact, and opportunities to stabilize and increase employment in forest-based businesses.

Read more at Biomass Magazine

Register for Heating the Midwest

The 2016 Heating the Midwest conference is taking place October 11- 13 in the Upper Peninsula's Harris, Michigan. 

Established in 2011, Heating the Midwest represents more than 200 industry, government, non-profit, university and tribal organizations committed to increasing awareness, education and outreach for heating with biomass in the Midwest. We promote thermal biomass to a large constituency, including government policy makers and entities, institutions, municipalities, businesses and consumers. 

2016 is shaping up to be a great conference and we are hoping you are able to participate!

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Please be in touch with Carrie Annand at [email protected] with information on your company's growth, job openings, promotions or other news. 

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Host an Event for Bioenergy Day 2016, Taking Place 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 the Bioenergy 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, or send an email to Carrie Annand at [email protected]Watch the 2016 Bioenergy Day video on YouTube. If you're holding an event, be sure to let us know the details and tweet about it using the hashtag #bioenergyday!


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October 11-13, 2016: Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo

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Industry News

TPP Trade Deal will Help Georgia Poultry and Wood Pellet Industries 
Savannah Now
In the modern global economy, nearly every American business faces stiff competition from all corners of the world. From local farmers here in Georgia to large corporations, trading with our international economic allies has become the norm and exporting our goods has helped to support hundreds of thousands of high paying jobs across the state and country. Unfortunately, our businesses often face many challenges when they attempt to bring their goods to new and emerging markets. We need to ensure that our strongest industries have the support they need to succeed internationally.

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Molding the Bulk Pellet Market 
Biomass Magazine
"Embryonic," "very young," "in its infancy," "growing"-these are all terms people working to expand the domestic bulk wood pellet distribution infrastructure use to describe its current state. And that's in the Northeast, the most developed region of the U.S. Elsewhere, the word "nonexistent" is accurate. 

When describing how the bulk pellet distribution infrastructure should be modeled, a simple explanation for this complex problem is heating oil. A customer with an oil furnace is confident multiple companies can provide bulk fuel oil deliveries. Conversely, heating oil distributors are assured that enough customers exist to justify storage and truck investments needed for a regional depot. Fuel from a centralized location is delivered to a decentralized storage tank, where trucks load up and drive to nearby customers. The driver unwinds a hose, flips a switch and fuel is dispensed into the customer's fuel tank as the output is accurately metered. A relatively long-term, hands-off supply of heating fuel is successfully delivered. 

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Wood Suppliers Lose Sales as Fossil Fuel Prices Drop
Watertown Daily Times, New York
Philip A. Clement, owner of Burrville Sawmill Inc. and Phil's Firewood, sold more wood this year than last year, despite a mild winter.

Mr. Clement said that he sold 4,000 face cords in 2016, 500 face cords more than in 2015.

"It's been really busy the past month-and-a-half and two months," he said

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