June 10, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Austrian Biomass Association Video Demonstrates Economic Benefits of Heating with Wood

An Austrian Biomass Association video demonstrates the value of heating with wood: "Wood creates jobs. And adds value to the region. The foresters, loggers, mechanics, heating plant operators, and employees working in the region also spend their money in the region. 

"No question: the use of oil and gas also adds value. However, the vast majority of this value lies outside of your region: on oil rigs, refineries, docks, in sea transport and pipelines. Only a small portion of the value stays in your region. 

"When we heat with wood, the money stays in the region. It ensures prosperity and a high standard of living for us and our children. And besides all that: wood is cheaper than oil."

View the full video on Youtube

Host an Event for Bioenergy Day 2016, Taking Place on October 19

October 19, 2016, marks the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day! Many pellet fuels manufacturers are planning facility tours and other events to emphasize the many economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy to elected officials, customers, the media and other stakeholders.

We urge anyone interested in building ties to their communities to consider hosting a Bioenergy Day event, either on your own or jointly with other bioenergy businesses or supporters in your region.  There are many resources available to help you plan, including a Participation Guide on theBioenergy Day website. Previous participants are also willing to share best practices, lessons learned, and other tips to ensure a smooth and successful event. 

Thanks to many sponsors, including the U.S. Forest Service, and participants, Bioenergy Day has grown each year. Organizations across the country have engaged their communities on bioenergy, earning dozens of media stories and helping more people understand bioenergy. State and local governments, elected officials, universities and businesses have all recognized bioenergy in its many forms. Biomass power, domestic and export pellets, biogas, anaerobic digesters, combined heat and power - all of these types of bioenergy are part of Bioenergy Day.

To learn more, visit www.bioenergyday.com, or send an email to Carrie Annand at [email protected]

Reserve Your Space at the 2016 PFI Annual Conference in Asheville, NC!

Don't miss this year's PFI Annual Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina! Registration opened last month for the conference, taking place July 24-26, 2016. 

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. 

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
We are also excited to announce 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 PFI at [email protected]


Upcoming Industry Events

June 6-9, 2016 : European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

June 15-17, 2016
: International Bioenergy Conference

July 24-26, 2016
: PFI Annual Conference

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Industry News

Pocatello Company Proposes Potlatch Wood Pellet Mill
KSL.com, Idaho
A Pocatello-based company wants to operate a wood pellet plant in northern Idaho that has been closed since 1981.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that Centennial Renewable Energy Solutions LLC has been working with the city of Potlatch for more than a year in hopes of taking over the former Potlatch Mill. The facility would create pellets from residual wood scraps and sawdust from area mills.

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Power from Pellets: Drax Facilities Boost Timber Industry in Louisiana and Mississippi, Port in Baton Rouge
The Advocate, Louisiana
Reducing dependence on fossil fuels has been one of the great issues of the 21st century for businesses and governments. Officials with a British power company think they have an answer to reducing carbon emissions, thanks to wood produced in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Vermont Clean Energy Jobs Report Features Wood Energy Data
Biomass Magazine
A recent report on Vermont's clean energy industry has determined the state has the highest number of per capital clean energy jobs in the nation. The wood energy industry is among the clean energy industry segments addressed in the report.

The 2016 Clean Energy Industry Report was released by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Department of Public Service in May. It determined the state added more than 1,400 clean energy jobs over the past year, bringing the total number of Vermonters employed by sector to 17,715. This equates to approximately one in 17 workers, or 6 percent of the state's workforce. According to the report, Vermont currently has the highest number of per capita clean energy jobs of any U.S. state.

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Roger Sedjo and Stephen Shaler: Congress Confirms Biomass Helps Fight Climate Change
Gainesville Sun 
In a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation, the Senate recently passed a far-ranging energy bill. Critics quickly homed in on a unanimously adopted amendment recognizing the renewability and carbon benefits of biomass energy derived from wood and plant material. That designation puts biomass in the same category as wind, solar and other renewables in the eyes of federal officials.

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