July 27, 2015

PFI Annual Conference a Success


Nearly 200 members of the pellet industry gathered in Williamsburg, Virginia last week for the PFI Annual Conference. The conference featured a fine array of speakers, covering topics including the annual world view of the pellet market, technologies to assist pellet operations, new markets for wood pellets and carbon and sustainability messaging. Many of the conference presentations have been posted to the PFI website for your view.

PFI Chairman Darryl Rose and the Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps kick off the 2015 PFI Annual Conference

You can read more about the event via coverage from our friends at Biomass Magazine.

Jeff Thiessen of Dansons congratulates the winner of a new pellet grill, Donald Land of PASS

For those of you who attended, if you have not done so, please complete the conference evaluation  at your earliest convenience. Your feedback is crucial to our planning efforts for future conferences. 

Thanks to the PFI Conference Committee, led by Stephen Faehner of American Wood Fibers and Troy Jamieson of Somerset Pellet Fuel for your leadership and organization of this event.

Winners of the 2015 PFI Annual Conference Golf Tournament 

A special thanks to all of our exhibitors and sponsors, especially our major sponsors below: 

2015 Conference Gold Sponsors:



Be sure to check your inboxes soon for an announcement on the 2016 location.

PFI Board Elections, Leadership Changes

At last week’s PFI Annual Conference, outgoing Chairman of the Board Darryl Rose announced the results of the election of new directors to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. The following members were elected to serve a three-year term on the PFI Board:  

Stan Elliot, Pacific Coast Fiber Fuels/Olympus Pellets
Troy Jamieson, Somerset Pellet Fuel
Derek Nelson, Forest Business Network
Mike Reid, Northeast Wood Products
Jim Roecker, Georgia Biomass
Chris Wiberg, Timber Products Inspection 

The 2015-2016 Board met on Tuesday, July 21 and elected officers for the coming year. The following members of the PFI Board comprise the Executive Committee: 

Stephen Faehner, American Wood Fibers, Chairman
Chris Amey, Rentech, Vice Chairman
Stan Elliot, Pacific Coast Fiber Fuels/Olympus Pellets, Secretary Treasurer
Darryl Rose, Energex, Past Chairman 

The Pellet Fuels Institute honored several outgoing members of the PFI Board for their leadership to the association. A special thanks is in order to the following members for their dedication and service on the Board and PFI committees throughout the years. 

Scott Jacobs, AgriRecycle
Jase Locke, Bliss Industries
Bob Sourek, Bear Mountain Forest Products
Jeff Thiessen, Dansons/IBL

On behalf of the Board and members of the association, PFI would like to thank Darryl Rose of Energex for serving as chairman of the Board for the past year. As noted above, Darryl remains on the Executive Committee and transitions to the Role of Past Chairman. Thank you Darryl!  


PFI Seeks Committee Volunteers

It has often been said that committees are the lifeblood of the association, as their work provides a number of resources to the association, including recommendations to the Board on a variety of subject matters, logistical decisions, and policy positions.   

Are you a PFI member that would like to become more involved? The Pellet Fuels Institute has numerous committees that work to advance the interests of the densified biomass industry. 

Committees for 2015-2016 are forming now and include:  

  • Conference
  • Export & Domestic Bulk Fuel
  • Membership
  • Promotions & Communications
  • Research, Statistics and Education
  • Standards
  • U.S. Government Affairs 

We encourage you to consider serving on a committee. A specific skill set is not necessary, however, we welcome members with expertise in the areas specific to the committees above.

More information on committees, including how to sign up, can be found here. If you’d like to speak to a member of the PFI staff, contact our office at [email protected] or 206- 209-5277

EPA's NSPS: Next Steps for Pellet Producers

By Chris Wiberg | July 16, 2015

On May 15, the U.S. EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for new residential wood heaters went into effect. This is just over four years after the pellet fuels industry was put on notice (March 2011) that the 1988 NSPS would be updated to include pellet-burning appliances. Though the regulation itself is no surprise, we have all long anticipated what the regulation might say, and have tried to prepare ourselves for the requirements that would be published. In many cases, we anticipated correctly, but we also had several surprises when reading the final wording of the rule. There were also ambiguities. In several instances, EPA provided language indicating regulatory requirements, but did not provide clear enough language for the industry to know how to comply. 

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Industry News

Senate panel advances $95B tax break package
The Hill
Senate tax writers cleared a hodgepodge of expired tax breaks on Tuesday, as lawmakers insisted they don’t want to wait until year’s end to restore a group of incentives that historically has had bipartisan support.

The Finance Committee voted to extend the roughly $95 billion collection of tax breaks, known as “extenders” in Washington-speak, through 2016 by a 23-3 vote, in the latest example of Congress’s stop-and-start approach to the preferences. Sens. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) were the no votes.

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Capital actions for pellet fuel
Biomass Magazine 
The uptick of pellet production has spurred discussion in the U.S. and abroad of the strategies needed to piece together a sustainable position for pellet fuel in both the power and thermal marketplaces. Industry leaders say U.S. producers may find an assortment of policy areas and regulatory schemes laden with positive potential for the pellet sector.

Some standouts include developments abroad, such as the U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change Contract for Difference (CfD) subsidy program and the Sustainable Biomass Partnership, as well as developments on U.S. producers’ soil, such as the upcoming release of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the development of its associated accounting framework for biogenic carbon emissions and the EPA’s new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. 

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Cold Spring clerk passionate about wood-pellet grilling
COLD SPRING – Jeff Hennen wouldn’t describe himself as a grilling expert.

In fact, for many years, the store clerk at Do It Best Hardware in Cold Spring said he was average at best.

Then he discovered wood pellets.

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Editorial: There is a new use for our trees - providing wood pellets as a potential valuable fuel source
The Advocate
While he’s typically called the state’s agriculture commissioner, veterinarian Michael Strain is actually head of the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry. That last part is why he has been so enthusiastic about the impact of a growing industry for Louisiana’s pine forests, providing wood pellets as a renewable energy source.

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After 'and' dispute, stability expected for Maine heating incentives
Bangor Daily News
PORTLAND, Maine — The three-letter word “and” prompted some four-letter words in Augusta this year, for politicians on both sides of the aisle and particularly for companies that do heating system installations or replacements.

But state incentives for people to replace home heating oil systems or upgrade to more efficient units should hold steady after all of the uncertainty earlier this year, according to Michael Stoddard, executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust.

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