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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

  • 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

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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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December 1, 2015 - Latvia is a tiny Northern European country located east of Denmark on the Baltic Sea. Aided by a magnifying glass, it is possible to see Latvia on a map, bordered by Estonia to the north, Russia and Belarus to the east, and Lithuania to the south. 

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October 8, 2015 - The top five export destinations for Canadian wood pellets in 2014 were United Kingdom, United States, Italy, South Korea, and Japan. However, in the spring of 2015, South Korea took itself off this list by imposing new wood pellet import restrictions. The result was that Canadian producers could not legally comply with South Korea’s new requirements and pellet exports from Canada to South Korea all but dried up.

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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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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

  • Engie commissions biomass heating plant

    April 29, 2016 - French utility Engie increased its fuel diversification with the commissioning of its converted Saint-Ouen biomass co-firing boiler in Paris, France, the firm said in its first-quarter 2016 results today. The boiler began co-firing biomass in January,[…]

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  • Covanta 'economically dispatches' bioenergy facilities

    April 29, 2016 – The announcement of the first quarter financial results included a few points noting the ‘economic dispatch’ of Covanta Holding Corporation’s biomass facilities. From the release: “Energy revenue from non-EfW operations decreased by $13 million, primarily driven[…]

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  • Quebec biogas plant nears completion

    April 29, 2016 – The long-awaited biogas plant in Saint-Hyacinthe is nearing completion, with operations expected to be in full swing by the fall. According to an article from the Daily Commercial News, the $85 million production facility will begin[…]

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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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