October 30, 2015

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Register for Breakfast & Biomass: A Briefing on the Pellet Market - March 18, 2016 in New Orleans


It’s not too early to start thinking about the 2016 HPBExpo! PFI is pleased to announce next year’s Breakfast & Biomass, our annual event at the expo to address the latest trends and issues of importance to pellet fuels manufacturers, retailers and suppliers.

Breakfast & Biomass will take place on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30am in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event will include industry reports, networking opportunities and a full breakfast. The PFI Conference Committee is at work on the program and we welcome your input. Please email Carrie Annand at [email protected] with any comments or ideas.

Registration is open for the $35 breakfast. Please visit PFI’s website for more information. 


Biomass Thermal DC Summit - Washington, DC on November 18

PFI invites you to join members of PFI and other organizations at the Biomass Thermal DC Summit, to be held November 18th in Washington, DC.  Organized by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and supported by the Pellet Fuels Institute, the summit provides opportunities to meet with Members of Congress and their staffs as well as other renewable energy-related groups regarding the substantial benefits of biomass thermal energy use: increased rural economic activity, energy independence, healthier forests, and effective tax policy.

We need your support for biomass energy and encourage you to join us in Washington, DC on November 18th. PFI will schedule meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on your behalf. You simply need to let us know if you’d like to attend.

Kindly let us know by Monday, November 2 if you plan to participate so that we may begin scheduling meetings on your behalf. We’ll follow up with you on the appropriate details and logistics.

For more information or to sign up, please contact PFI staff.


USDA Wood Energy Grants Announced

The U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

This Request for Proposal focuses on the following priorities to:

  • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands. 
  • Reduce costs of forest management on all land types.
  • Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

Please visit the U.S. Forest Service website to learn more about the grants and the application process. 

Upcoming Industry Events 

  • November 3-5: WPAC AGM 2015
  • November 18: Biomass Thermal DC Summit / PFI Fly-In
  • February 24-26, 2016: World Sustainable Energy Days 2016
  • March 18, 2016: Breakfast & Biomass
  • July 24-26, 2016: PFI Annual Conference

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Industry News

Grant will help fund biomass boiler
Worcester, MA Telegram
Berlin Memorial Elementary School has received a grant to convert from a heating oil boiler to a highly-efficient biomass boiler heating system. The $178,900 grant from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is the fifth award for project implementation from the Schools and Public Housing Integrating Renewables and Efficiency (SAPHIRE) Program.

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Biomass regains Congressional ally
Biomass Magazine
Biomass thermal energy is too often treated by Congress as the underappreciated offspring of alternative energy. This may soon change, as the House Biomass Caucus has recently been rechartered under the leadership of freshman Rep. Bruce  Westerman, (R-Ark.), who holds a master of forestry degree from Yale, and second-term Rep. Ann Kuster, (D-N.H.).   The last time there was a Biomass Caucus in the House was 2012.

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European Biomass Association releases annual bioenergy report
Biomass Magazine
The European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) recently released its annual statistical report, providing an outlook on European bioenergy for 2015, with a comprehensive overview of the latest market trends in bioheat, bioelectricty and biofuel sectors.

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Enviva reaches milestone
Roanoke-Chowan News Herald
When Enviva arrived in the Roanoke-Chowan area four years ago, company officials said the Maryland-based operation would be a “game-changer” in the local area. Based on the latest employment numbers at Enviva’s two local pellet mills as well as related jobs in the logging and trucking industries, they have lived up to their word.

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