October 9, 2015

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Join Waste to Wisdom for Oct. 23 Webinar on Underutilized Feedstocks

The Waste to Wisdom feedstock development research team will present innovative methods of producing quality feedstocks from forest residues that are currently underutilized or wasted. The main topics to be presented include:

  • Separating/sorting tree tops from logging residues during timber operations
  • Quality of feedstocks produced from tops and limbs/branches
  • Baling limbs/branches for efficient handling and transportation
  • Testing screening technologies for controlling feedstock sizes 

The presentation will cover the study methods used, data analysis, summaries of results, and implication of the research work for forestland owners and biomass energy industry. All these efforts have been performed under the goal of efficient utilization of forest residues as a way to cost-effectively manage forest residues, maximize environmental benefits, and create opportunities for production of bioenergy and bio-based products. 

The Pellet Fuels Institute is proud to be a partner in the Waste to Wisdom Initiative.

Register for the webinar here


Celebrate National Bioenergy Day

The Third Annual National Bioenergy Day is Wednesday, October 21, and there are facility tours, panel discussions and many other events happening across the country. Be sure to check www.bioenergyday.com for updates on National Bioenergy Day, and to see if there’s an event near you. 

Will you be in Washington, DC on October 21st? If so, join the newly re-established Biomass Caucus for a kickoff briefing on Capitol Hill at 1:30pm EDT. More information will be available soon.   

PFI is a proud supporter of National Bioenergy Day. Click here to learn who is hosting events throughout the U.S. and in your community. 


PFI Annual Conference: Survey Winner Announced

Thanks to each of you who provided input on the PFI Annual Conference. Your responses will be valuable to the PFI Annual Conference Committee as it plans conferences and other PFI events in the coming years. 

Congratulations to Jonathan Littlejohn of Hassell and Hughes Lumber Company, who was entered in a drawing with other survey respondents, and wins a $100 gift card from Amazon.   

EPA Defends New Emissions Rules to House Republicans

Party lines prevailed Wednesday at a House hearing on power-plant regulations that the government calls necessary to fight climate change.    

The Environmental Protection Agency regulations in question require states to submit plans within the next three years, detailing how they will meet more rigorous carbon-emissions standards at new fossil-fuel power plants by 2030.    

Republicans with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce told the EPA's Janet McCabe on Wednesday that the rule effectively implements a cap-and-trade program without congressional approval.    

McCabe, the acting EPA administrator for air and radiation, rejected these suggestions, directly telling the committee multiple times that the program does not create a cap-and-trade program.     

Furthermore, the EPA reached out to utilities in developing the rules, and they supported states taking up rate-based plans as part of their efforts to comply, McCabe said.

Read the full story at Courthouse News Service.   

Upcoming Industry Events 

  • 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
  • July 24-26, 2016: PFI Annual Conference

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Industry News

GSA teams with Energy Department for RFI
Federal Times
The General Services Administration and Department of Energy jointly announced a request for information, asking industry partners for energy-efficient solutions in federal buildings. The RFI is part of the GSA’s Green Proving Ground initiative and DOE’s High Impact Technology Catalyst program, which seek building science offering that are energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable. The partnership between the two agencies is to help ensure federal buildings will operate more productively, while using less energy and creating a smaller carbon footprint.

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Model neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative progress celebrated, subsidies available (Maine)
Daily Bulldog
FARMINGTON - Participants in the Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative gathered recently to celebrate the program’s success. So far, the program has helped install high efficiency wood pellet boilers in 23 homes and 8 non-residential buildings. Subsidies are still available for two homes and three non-residential projects. In addition, the program's participants have saved more than $180,000 by buying wood pellets manufactured in Maine instead of fossil fuel from out-of-state sources. 

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Gearing up for wood pellets: Bay State logger turns to Morbark to debark material for clean chip market (Massachusetts)
When Paul Davis went looking for a way he could process more wood material into clean chips and increase his profits, he turned to Morbark for the machine to do the job. Paul, the owner of Forward Enterprises Inc., which has logging and chipping operations, already had a flail chain debarker – with two chain flails – for debarking low-grade hardwood material, and he also had a Morbark chipper to make the chips. In fact, he already was making clean chips, which were being supplied to a plant that manufactures wood fuel pellets. 

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