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  • Pellets

    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 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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In its Climate Leadership Plan, the Government of Alberta will phase out coal power by 2030, replacing one-third with natural gas and two-thirds with renewables. Alberta also said that it intends to ensure that capital is not unnecessarily stranded.

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The UK’s Drax Power Station was the destination for 74 per cent of Canada’s wood pellet exports in 2015.

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Safety

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

  • BioFuelNet Canada calls for biofuel proposals

    Aug. 24, 2016 - BioFuelNet Canada has launched three new calls for proposals in areas related to the development of advanced biofuels: social outreach, techno-economic analysis and novel approaches. Each project is being funded $22,500 for the period of 2016-2017.[…]

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  • Group calls for national energy efficiency plan

    Aug. 23, 2016 - A group of 10 architecture, energy and environmental stakeholders are pressuring the federal government to create a national plan to improve the energy efficiency of Canadian buildings.   The group sent a letter to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr[…]

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  • B.C.'s climate plan is ineffective: Jaccard

    Aug. 22, 2016 - In a contributed article to the Globe and Mail, Mark Jaccard, a professor of sustainable energy in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, writes that B.C.'s newly released climate policy is "cynically[…]

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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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