June 5, 2015

Reserve Your Space for the 2015 PFI Annual Conference! 

Detailed conference agenda now available - Register Now!

Pellet Fuels Institute 2015 Annual Conference  
Sunday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 21, 2015 
Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Check out the various educational sessions presented at this year’s conference.  2015 conference topics range from “Policy Update: State, Regional and National Initiatives” to “Global Pellet Market Overview and Analysis”.  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.

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Are you looking for a way to maximize your marketing budget? Explore the new sponsorship and exhibitor packages for the PFI Annual Conference. For information on sponsorships and exhibition, please contact Lucia Regan at [email protected] or 206-922-2468.

Please contact PFI staff for more information about the conference at [email protected] or 206-209-5277

2015 Conference Gold Sponsors:

USDA Announces Restart of BCAP

On June 1, the USDA announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility.

Financial assistance is available through BCAP for costs associated with harvesting and transporting agriculture or forest residues to facilities that convert biomass crops into energy. Eligible crops may include corn residue, diseased or insect infested wood materials, or orchard waste. The energy facility must first be approved by USDA to accept the biomass crop. Facilities can apply for, or renew, their BCAP qualification status beginning today. $11.5 million of federal funds will be allocated to support the delivery of biomass materials through December 2015. Last year, more than 200,000 tons of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands were removed and used to produce renewable energy, while reducing the risk of forest fire. Nineteen energy facilities in 10 states participated in the program.  Read Full Release >>

Pellet Fuels Workshop To Be Held in Linz, Austria

The Upper Austrian Energy Saving Association is holding a workshop September 14-17 in Linz, Austria, on biomass heating. PFI is a Partner for the conference, which will cover technical training sessions on biomass heating technology and marketing opportunities, including site visits to local pellet production facilities. The seminar will focus on small- to mid-scale projects fueled by wood pellets and wood chips and covers solutions for homes, smaller commercial/public buildings and district heating grids (up to a few hundred kilowatts). Topics covered include:

  • Success factors for developing a regional/local biomass heating market

  • Technology overview (combustion, emissions), system designs

  • Fuel standards and logistics (wood pellets, wood chips)

  • Business and financing models, marketing

To learn more about the conference, please visit the website for the host, Oekoenergie-Cluster

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Industry News

Subsidies offered for wood pellet boilers in Adirondacks 
North Country Public Radio
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) A non-profit group is offering subsidies to help Adirondack residents and businesses switch to high-efficiency wood pellet heating systems.

The Northern Forest Center is holding information sessions June 8 in Saranac and June 9 in Saranac Lake to explain the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative.

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Boiler system finance legislation passes New York Senate
Glens Falls Post Star
The state Senate on Monday passed legislation to extend the maximum period of term municipalities can finance a heating system from 10 to 15 years, Sen. Elizabeth Little announced.

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Butte wood stove changeout program aims to clean air, save money
KTVM Montana

BUTTE, Mont. - A new program by the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department may be cleaning up the air and saving Butte residents money at the same time.

Health officials said older wood-burning stoves emit small airborne particles that possibly cause breathing problems.

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