Feb. 12, 2019 - Pinnacle Renewable Energy announced yesterday that operations at its wood pellet production facility in Entwistle, Alta., have been temporarily suspended.
Feb. 4, 2019 - Japan is studying the potential for a seismic increase in wood pellet imports from western Canada – especially from British Columbia. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has engaged the Japanese Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) to examine the business case for increasing wood pellet co-firing with coal from the current level of two per cent, up to 20 per cent, resulting in a potential annual demand of 30 million metric tonnes of wood pellets, worth some $6 billion a year. Japan prefers Canada as a supply source due to our country’s reputation for high quality, reliable supply and strong sustainability credentials.
Feb. 4, 2019 - Skeena Sawmills Ltd. and Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PacBio) have entered into a long-term off-take agreement for wood pellets. Under the terms of the agreement, PacBio will purchase all of the pellets produced at Skeena Sawmills’ new, state-of-the-art pellet plant, in support of PacBio’s long term supply agreements with power producers in Japan.
Jan. 10, 2019 - Mr. Yoshinobu "Yoshi" Kusano has joined FutureMetrics as a policy advisor regarding the Asian wood pellet markets.
Jan. 7, 2019 - From a North American producer’s perspective, 2018 was one of the best years in quite some time for the wood pellet trade. After several years of tempered development following the ramp up of the Drax power station in the UK, new markets and consumers drove strong growth in global demand. Imports to Denmark, South Korea and Japan all increased at least 40 per cent from previous highs, with Japanese wood pellet imports more than doubling. Better market conditions and less inventory also led to strong growth in North American and European heating markets after several weak years.
Dec. 11, 2018 - Fire crews safely extinguished a minor fire at Great Northern Pellets in Upper Musquodoboit, N.S., on the weekend.
Dec. 3, 2018 - The European Pellet Council, governing body of the ENplus certification for wood pellets, has announced the launch of a revision process for the scheme’s procedures and requirements. As part of ENplus efforts to constantly meet the needs of the pellet market, this third revision in the scheme’s history will factor in stakeholders’ feedback, as well as the latest scientific data and its own certification management experience.
Nov. 30, 2018 – Timberlands International Inc., a subsidiary of Active Energy Group (AEG), has received two five-year commercial cutting permits to harvest 100,000 m3 annually on the Great Northern Peninsula.
Nov. 22, 2018 - The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) held a workshop on conducting incident investigations at the Westin Vancouver Airport Hotel on Nov. 20. This workshop was produced in co-operation with WorkSafeBC and media partner Canadian Biomass magazine. The 35 participants included pellet plant operators, maintenance personnel, and representatives from insurance companies, universities, fire detection equipment suppliers, and WorkSafeBC.
Nov. 2, 2018 - Enviva announced that the conditions precedent to the organization’s previously announced take-or-pay off-take contracts to supply 630,000 metric tons per year (MTPY) of wood pellets to a major Japanese customer have been satisfied and the agreements are now firm.
Oct. 30, 2018 - I was recently struck when reading the article Learning from close calls: NB mill takes action after two fires, at the willingness of the company involved to not only state that they had a near-miss incident, but to explain in detail their lessons learned from the fires.
Oct. 29, 2018 - FutureMetrics has released a new brief white paper that illustrates why all countries, states, or provinces that are serious about lowering carbon emissions in the power generation sector should include the use of pellets as a replacement for coal in their portfolio for renewable generation.
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