September 11, 2015

In this issue of the Pellet Wire:

Plus pellet industry news from Florida, New York, and Vermont  

PFI Conference Committee Seeks Your Input

The PFI Conference Committee, under the leadership of co-chairmen Craig Rawlings of Forest Business Network and Stan Elliot of Pacific Coast Fiber Fuels, seeks your valuable input on future PFI conferences. If you’ve attended the PFI Annual Conference in the past, or would like to in the future, please take a few moments to complete this brief survey. The survey will take you less than one minute, AND by responding you will be entered to win a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.

Your opinion matters! Please help the committee with its planning efforts today.

Complete the PFI Annual Conference Survey

For more information on the PFI Annual Conference visit our website.

2016 PFI Annual Conference: Be sure to keep watching this space as an announcement on the dates and location for the 2016 PFI Annual Conference is coming soon.  


National Bioenergy Day Video Features Pellet Plant 

The Third Annual National Bioenergy Day, occurring on Wed., October 21, is quickly approaching. This year’s National Bioenergy Day video was released this week, featuring Northeast Pellets in Ashland, Maine. The video highlights the role of bioenergy in the forest products industry and economy of Northern Maine.

National Bioenergy Day continues to grow, with more than 60 organizations participating, representing power, pellets and biofuels as well as universities and state governments. The U.S. Forest Service, along with the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, provides support for the annual day, along with a range of additional companies and organizations, including the Pellet Fuels Institute.  

Events will be held across the country to highlight the use of bioenergy. Consider hosting a tour at your facility to educate those in your community about the benefits of pellets. Please visit to register your National Bioenergy Day event and to view the video!


Energy Department Offers $6 Million for Native American Clean Energy

The Energy Department announced on September 2 a $6 million grant opportunity to establish clean energy and energy efficiency projects on tribal lands. The Department's Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations, village corporations, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to install facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects and community-scale clean energy projects on Indian lands. 

Tribal lands comprise nearly 2% of U.S. land, but contain about 5% of all the country’s renewable energy resources. With more than 9 million megawatts of potential renewable energy capacity on tribal lands, these tribal communities are well positioned to capitalize on their energy resources for local economic growth. Currently, few tribes own and operate the energy infrastructure that they depend upon. Deploying more clean energy on tribal lands will also make the tribal energy infrastructure more resilient. 

Read more on the Energy Department website.  

Upcoming Industry Events 

  • September 14-17: International Training Seminar Biomass Heating 2015
  • September 20-22: 5th Annual USIPA Exporting Pellets Conference
  • October 21: 3rd Annual National Bioenergy Day
  • October 27-29: West Statewide Wood Energy Team Meeting 2015
  • November 3-5: WPAC AGM 2015
  • February 24-26, 2016: World Sustainable Energy Days 2016

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Industry News

Timber business booming in North Florida
Orlando Sentinel
The towering grove of century-old longleaf pines surrounding Roger Ward's family home is a rare site in this verdant swath of north-central Florida: Most pines here are cut and processed for profit as soon as their 15-to-18-year growth cycle is complete. 

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N.Y. looks to wood to cut energy costs
Ithaca Journal 
As winter approaches, New York is enhancing its Renewable Heat NY program to provide renewable and budget-friendly heating solutions.

When it comes to heating a home or business, many New Yorkers living in rural areas where natural gas is not available often rely on propane or oil, which are subject to price fluctuations, or wood.

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Wood pellet boiler rebates available in Vermont
Biomass Magazine
Through a generous opportunity, Vermonters now have a short-time frame before the new year to capitalize on a fantastic incentive offering that helps them save money, while supporting Vermont jobs and sustainable forests, while making sure they stay warm this winter.

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Vermont law school releases report on sustainable biomass use
Biomass Magazine
The Institute of Energy and Environment at Vermont Law School recently released a report covering sustainable ways to increase the use of woody biomass for electricity generation while protecting Vermont’s forests.

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