May 15, 2015

Reminder: PFI Standards Program Webinar Happening Tuesday, May 19

On Tuesday, May 19 at 4pm ET/1pm PT, PFI will be hosting a webinar on the PFI Standards Program. Please register on PFI’s website to get the log in information for the webinar. We’ve had a great response so far but there are still plenty of spots left.

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. The webinar is open to all involved in the pellet fuels industry. Here’s what participants will get out of the webinar:

Pellet Retailers: Learn about the Quality Mark, be prepared to answer questions from customers about the program, and find out where to order PFI Graded Fuel.

Pellet Producers: Hear from experts about how to enroll in the program, and what the new EPA New Source Performance Standard Rule (NSPS) means for you.

Stove Manufacturers: Learn how EPA’s NSPS Rule could affect your business. A pellet retailer with decades in the business will also be discussing his personal experiences with qualified fuels.

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

We will also be sending a reminder email to all registered participants on May 18, the day before the webinar takes place. Please contact Carrie Annand at [email protected] for more information

Reserve Your Space for the 2015 PFI Annual Conference! 

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.   

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The BioEnergy Act of 2015 would establish a competitive, cost-share grant program at the U.S. Department of Energy to improve technologies for drying and compressing woody biomass, which improves fuel quality and allows biomass producers to more easily transport wood products from forested areas to market.

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New Hampshire Senate Committee Votes to Restore Renewable Energy Fund
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“The real question is what sources of funds is the Senate going to draw upon to put that money back,” said House Finance Committee Chair Neal Kurk, R-Weare.  “It’s great if there were enough money not to dip into that fund, as well as cut back on a number of different things, but where is the money going to come from?”

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Chelsea, New Hampshire Courthouse to Get a New Biomass Boiler
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Chelsea — The assistant judges in Orange County will hold a public meeting next week to discuss replacing the aging oil-fueled boiler in the historic county courthouse with a more environmentally friendly heating system.  Assistant Judge Vickie Weiss said the existing 20-year-old boiler that heats the Orange County Courthouse is on its last legs, and the meeting will let the judges gauge support for the improvement project.

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