May 1, 2015

PFI Conference Registration Opens

The 2015 PFI Annual Conference is quickly approaching and registration is now open

The Pellet Fuels Institute 2015 Annual Conference will be held Sunday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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. 

It's not too early to start making plans to join us in heart of the Revolutionary City of Williamsburg!

Registration Fees & FAQs | Sponsorship Opportunities | Hotel & Travel

We are also excited to announce new sponsorship and exhibitor packages for the PFI Annual Conference.  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 Lucia Regan at [email protected] or 206-922-2468.

The 2015 PFI Annual Conference will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge in the historic Revolutionary City of Williamsburg.  Discounted room rates are available for attendees so be sure to book your room soon!  During registration, you’ll also have the option to purchase Williamsburg Attractions Passes for you and your guest for only $20/each (more than $30 in savings!). This pass will give you access to Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area sites, art museums, and most day-time programming.  Read more about the pass on the registration page.

In addition to its luxury accommodations and premier meeting space, Williamsburg is easily accessible from Richmond, VA, and offers tons of family-friendly activities. Visit “The Historic Triangle” of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown (which includes Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center).  World renowned theme park, Busch Gardens, and Water Country USA are both less than 15 minutes away and Virginia Beach is only a quick hour drive!

Please contact PFI staff for more information about the conference at [email protected] or 206-209-5277. 

John Shimek Joins PFI Board 

During its meeting on April 22 in Minneapolis, the PFI Board of Directors appointed John Shimek, Senior Vice President of Sales (North America) for Hearth and Home Technologies, to the PFI Board of Directors. John brings to the Board a wealth of knowledge about biomass energy and extensive expertise in sales and marketing.

John fills the seat held by Bob Sourek who stepped down from the Board in March after 17 years of dedicated leadership and service within the organization.

Don't forget to register for PFI Standards Program Webinar on Tuesday, May 19

Join us on Tuesday, May 19 at 4pm ET/1pm PT for a webinar on the PFI Standards Program! Please register on PFI’s website to get the log in information for the webinar. We will also be sending a reminder email to all registered participants on May 18, the day before the webinar takes place.

We will hear from several speakers on the program’s latest developments, especially following the EPA’s release of the final New Source Performance Standards Rule.

This webinar is open to all. However, it's a must for pellet retailers who want to know more about the PFI Standards Program and its participants. The session will help retailers understand the PFI Quality Mark, and educate them on where to purchase pellets from producers meeting the requirements of the PFI Standards Program and displaying the PFI Quality Mark on their bags. Finally, it will help retailers answer questions from customers about the program as they make their purchasing decisions.

Webinar Panelists

  • Richard Thomas - Owner, Courtland Hearth & Hardware
  • Chris Wiberg - Manager, Timber Products Inspection
  • John Crouch - Director of Public Affairs, HPBA
  • Jennifer Hedrick - Executive Director, PFI

PFI’s Standards Program offers many benefits – to pellet producers, retailers, stove manufacturers and consumers. To read about one pellet producer’s experience with the PFI Standards Program, please visit PFI’s website

Please contact Carrie Annand at [email protected] for more information. 

PFI Seeking Participants for June Washington, DC

This June, PFI will hold a fly-in in Washington, DC, and we invite you to join us for a day of meetings with Members of Congress and Administration officials. 

No prior experience in lobbying is required and PFI will provide the tools and training to prepare you for the meetings. PFI will schedule all meetings on your behalf.

PFI has a dedicated group of members who attend the fly-ins each year, and we are eager to add other members to our lobbying efforts. The fly-in provides an excellent opportunity for you to meet with congressional leaders from your districts to showcase your businesses and address concerns impacting your business operations. Our focus will be targeted asks on tax legislation, including the Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act. We will also address the New Source Performance Standard Rule and any outstanding concerns related to the rule’s implementation.

Please contact PFI staff with questions or to confirm your participation. Exact dates will be announced in the next several weeks.

Not a member of PFI? Contact PFI staff about how to join the association and participate in the June fly-in. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senior White House Advisor Brian Deese Announce Partnerships with Farmers and Ranchers to Address Climate Change 

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 23, 2015 -- In a speech today at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. Building on the creation of USDA's Climate Hubs last year, the new initiatives will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors.

Through these efforts, USDA expects to reduce net emissions and enhance carbon sequestration by over 120 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e) per year – about 2 percent of economy-wide net greenhouse emissions – by 2025. That's the equivalent of taking 25 million cars off the road, or the emissions produced by powering nearly 11 million homes last year.

To read the full release, click here.

To read the accompanying fact sheet click here.


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“In many rural areas around New Hampshire, Rural Development funding is crucial to recover from the effects of harsh winters and maintain municipal infrastructure,” Kuster said.  “I’m particularly excited to see Bethlehem Elementary making the transition to biomass heat, a renewable energy source that will help keep students warm during the frigid winter months.  I congratulate the recipients of these grants, which will help both towns thrive and serve the citizens of the North Country well.”...

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Canada, formerly the global leader in wood pellet exports, fell behind U.S. exports in 2012. According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. wood pellet exports accounted for more than $500 million of trade in 2014. Wood pellets can be used for heating homes and businesses and as fuel for small-scale industrial boilers, but in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands, wood pellets are used predominantly for utility-scale electricity generation...

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