Oct. 10, 2017 - For many of the people who reside in the northwestern region of New Brunswick, the name Groupe Savoie is well known. In addition to being a major employer in the area, the specialty hardwood products manufacturer is very active within the communities it operates and runs Fondation Hector Savoie, a non-profit organization that assists low-income families throughout northwestern New Brunswick.
Sept. 29, 2017 - Since 2010, Canadian wood pellet exports have increased by 240 per cent, from one million tonnes in 2010 to 2.4 million tonnes in 2016. Last year’s exports totalled $408 million. Pellet producers have invested in new plant capacity, employed more people and paid more taxes while continuing to grow an industry using a raw material that was formerly a waste product of the sawmill industry.
Sept. 28, 2017 - Southeast Alaska is a remote island chain, located about 1,100 kilometres north of Seattle, Wash. Most of the region’s goods are imported by barge, creating logistical and economic challenges not faced by many other parts of the U.S. This also applies for many types of wood products. Although the region is heavily forested (including the 17 million acre Tongass National Forest), there are no commercial wood pellet mills capable of supplying the region’s needs.
Sept. 22, 2017 - The European Pellet Conference is the largest annual pellet event worldwide. It is the meeting place for the global pellet community and a great opportunity to get informed about current trends in the pellet and bioenergy world. The event attracts more than 500 experts to Wels, Austria by delivering the latest news about markets, technologies and policies. It also offers interactive events that provide valuable networking possibilities for exchanging experience and developing new cooperations and partnerships.
Sept. 20, 2017 – Working to improve safety measures in the wood pellet industry is, thankfully, not an uncommon topic these days, but a safe work environment can only be achieved if all members of a team are engaged and committed to adopting that safety culture. Day 2 of the WPAC conference offered attendees some personal insight on the dangers of ignoring safety.
Sept. 15, 2017 - The U.K. government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation on proposals for controlling the costs of biomass conversions and co-firing.
Sept. 8, 2017 - The Pellet Fuels Institute today announced the qualification of PA Pellets of Ulysses, Pennsylvania, to the PFI Standards Program as the 38th facility qualified for the program. The PFI Standards Program is a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel. PA Pellets’ parent company, Biomaxx, Inc. previously qualified its Arcade, New York facility Dry Creek Products into the program.
Aug. 28, 2017 - Workers at Pacific Bioenergy's pellet facility in Prince George, B.C., are salvaging wood pellets after a small fire broke out in one of the silos.
Aug. 24, 2017 - Ontario-based International Wood Industries (IWI) has cleared its first hurdle to building a sawmill and pellet plant in Bonfield, Ont. Town council approved the rezoning of the site this week.
Aug. 16, 2017 - China is a bit of a mystery to Canadian wood pellet producers. The Canadian wood pellet industry has traditionally relied on the European power market and more recently has penetrated Japan and South Korea. From time to time we have had casual inquiries from potential Chinese buyers, but nothing serious materialized. We believed that with its large population, its reliance on coal, and its insatiable energy demand, China would eventually see the benefits of using wood pellets to lower GHG emissions and reduce pollution.
Aug. 15, 2017 - FutureMetrics' latest white paper is a high-level overview of the Japanese industrial wood pellet sector and how policies drive current and future demand.
Aug. 10, 2017 - A Nova Scotia forest products company has signed a tentative agreement to purchase the Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plant in Musquodoboit, N.S. The plant closed in 2016 and went into receivership.
Aug. 4, 2017 - One of the largest pellet plants in Quebec, Energex, could also be the oldest. Max Béraud, the mill manager, does not even hesitate to call it an antiquity! Created in 1983 by BioShell – in the midst of an oil crisis – the plant located in Lac-Mégantic, Que., in the Eastern Townships benefited from the know-how and oil standards in place to develop its efficiency.
Aug. 3, 2017 – The environment committee of the European Parliament (ENVI) is suggesting amendments to European Commission’s proposal on the use of energy from renewable sources (RED II), removing the option for countries that are not party to the Paris climate agreement to demonstrate sustainability of biomass at the forest holding level.
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