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    Made from renewable forest byproducts and unmerchantable material, wood pellets from Canada provide a renewable, sustainable fuel source for generations to enjoy. | Read More

  • Sustainable

    Only 9% of the world’s forest are certified. Over 42% of them are in Canada, making it an ideal source for sustainable wood pellets. | Read More

  • Renewable

    WPAC members rely on sawmill waste and forest harvest residuals for the bulk of their fibre supply, allowing 100% resource use. | Read More

  • Fossil Fuel Alternative

    Whether on their own or co-fired with coal, wood pellets provide a lower carbon footprint and renewable energy source. | Read More

  • Innovative

    WPAC continues to support R&D in key wood pellet areas like safety, efficiency, fuel stability, energy content and more. | Read More

Association News and Publications

The Netherlands (NL) was briefly the world's largest importer of industrial wood pellets for co-firing. Under its former biomass support scheme - Milieukwaliteit van de Elektriciteitsproductie or MEP – wood pellet consumption for co-firing peaked at about 1.5 million tonnes annually. However, from 2012 and 2014, imports declined rapidly and eventually stopped altogether, as power utilities' MEP contracts expired.

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Production at Rentech Inc.'s Canadian pellet plants improved during the second quarter of 2016, with average weekly production increasing by 50% and 10% at Wawa and Atikokan, respectively, as compared to the average weekly production during the first quarter, the company reports.

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The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (“WPAC”) is inviting proposals for its Expanding Export Markets Program for the fiscal year April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.  Interested parties can download the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) document here.

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"Twenty years ago, we produced 4,700 tons of pellets. We now produce as much in only two weeks,” Granules LG general manager Ken St-Gelais proudly states.

With recent investments for improved automation and controls, the St-Félicien mill, in the northern Lac-Saint-Jean region, produced 120,000 tons in 2015. And it is expected to reach 125,000 tons in 2016.

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When Hector Savoie and his son, Jean-Claude, acquired Restigouche Hardwood Ltd. and Cèdre Restigouche Ltd. in 1978, it’s unlikely they knew that their New Brunswick-based company, Groupe Savoie, would eventually evolve into an international dealer of specialty hardwood products. The company has grown leaps and bounds since its inception nearly 40 years ago, with 650 people employed through Groupe Savoie’s wood products facilities in Moncton, Kedgwick and St. Quentin N.B., and Westville, N.S.

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WPAC Safety Committee

The Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada ("WPAC"). The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council.

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Industry News

  • IEA Bioenergy releases global bioenergy report

    IEA Bioenergy releases global bioenergy report Sept. 26, 2016 - Canada has no binding national or provincial targets regarding the share of renewable energy in gross final consumption, a report from IEA Bioenergy finds. IEA Bioenergy released online this month its IEA Bioenergy Countries’ Report 23.09.2016. The[…]

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  • Edmonton to spend $3.3 million on green power

    Sept. 23, 2016 - Edmonton city council voted this week to spend $3.3 million over three years to purchase renewable electricity.The funds are intended to encourage the production of wind, solar and biomass energy sources in Alberta, and to help[…]

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  • Yukon schools consider biomass heat

    Sept. 23, 2016 - Yukon territorial government is considering installing wood burners at three Yukon schools to reduce their reliance on heating oil. The government says the switch to biomass is a way to promote the local forest industry.Read the[…]

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The Pellet Advantage

Efficient and Plentiful Production

Wood Pellet Association of Canada members are world leaders in the design and operation of modern pellet plants.

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Innovating our way to a safer, better product

Wood pellets are a safe, reliable modern fuel. But they are still a fuel, requiring care in producing, shipping and storing.

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Renewable and sustainable? Energy really can grow on trees.

There is no single energy source capable of solving our dependence on fossil fuels. Instead we need to look to a mix of new fuels, including wood pellets.

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