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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

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    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

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

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

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

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Not so long ago, the Netherlands was Canada’s largest market wood pellet export market. But when the former MEP subsidy scheme expired, Dutch wood pellet co-firing ceased, as did wood pellet imports. Canadian producers have not shipped any meaningful volume to the Netherlands since 2011. Fortunately other markets have since flourished. Growth in the UK, Belgium, Italy, Korea, and Japan has been remarkable.

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The Government of the Northwest Territories first began to look seriously at biomass in 2007, when the growing need to manage costs and carbon emissions started to become too difficult to ignore. Rather than keep moving forward with piecemeal investments in clean energy, the government decided to come up with a territorial biomass strategy that would set out objectives for the future.

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Though wood had been used to heat homes in the North since time immemorial, establishing a full-blown biomass industry in the Northwest Territories is a feat that’s only gotten underway in the last 10 or 15 years.

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Energy costs are the major driver behind the rising cost of living in the Northwest Territories, where distance and isolation shackle communities to an expensive supply chain of oil and gas to keep the lights on and the furnace running during those dark, cold winters.

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The European Commission’s directorate-general for competition is investigating whether the UK government’s support of the biomass conversion of Lynemouth Power Station (LPS) complies with EU state aid rules, putting in jeopardy a project that would consume 1.5 million tonnes of wood pellets annually.

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  • Biomass project review underway in N.S.

    August 26, 2015 – Nova Scotia’s Department of Energy is requesting information about the impact of stopping some of the province’s biomass projects. According to a CBC report, the information request sent to Nova Scotia Power is in response to[…]

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  • New study looks at global biomass market

    August 25, 2015 – Taiyou Research has released a new report looking at opportunities, trends and challenges in the global biomass market for the next decade. According to the report, over the years to come, biomass will grow within the[…]

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  • BIO study shows emissions reductions from biofuel

    August 24, 2015 - Over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by 589.33 million metric tons,[…]

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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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