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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

Nov. 24, 2016 - In 2014, EU Member States agreed on a new Climate and Energy Framework that sets new targets for the year 2030: (1) at least 40 per cent cuts in GHG emissions (from 1990 levels), (2) at least 27 per cent share for renewable energy, and (3) at least 27 per cent improvement in energy efficiency.

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When handled properly, wood pellet fuel is safe and benign. Wood pellets are made by drying and compressing pure wood particles. Naturally occurring lignin softens during pelletizing and then hardens during the cooling process to bind wood particles together as pellets. It is hard to imagine how such a pure product could be dangerous.

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With the wood pellet industry hurting from low fuel prices, warm winters, and unhelpful government policies in many countries, is there a light in the gloom? The potential of global markets was the topic de jour during the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference, which took place in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C., Sept. 20-22.

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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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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

  • Vancouver passes green building policy

    Dec. 2, 2016 - Developments in Vancouver built after May 1, 2017, must produce at least 50 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions, city councillors agreed this week.The council voted to enact a strict green building policy on Tuesday that[…]

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  • RI Canada forum focuses on a thriving low-carbon economy

    RI Canada forum focuses on a thriving low-carbon economy November 29, 2016 - Together for a thriving low-carbon economy. That is the theme for the inaugural Renewable Industries Canada forum taking place today at The Westin in Ottawa, Ont. This forum was designed to engage participants in critical and[…]

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  • Switzerland votes to keep nuclear energy longer

    Nov. 28, 2016 - A referendum in Switzerland has shut down a plan to accelerate the closure of the country's five nuclear plants and switch to other energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass energy.The plan would have seen[…]

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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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Argus Wood Pellet Index

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