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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

Rodenhuize Power Station (RPS), a 240-megawatt biomass fuelled plant located in Ghent, Belgium, is one of the largest consumers of Canadian wood pellets. Formerly a coal power station, the plant was converted in 2011 to operate entirely on wood pellets. RPS is a joint venture between Electrabel (a subsidiary GDF SUEZ that owns 73 per cent) and Ackermans & van Haaren (owning 27 per cent). The project cost an estimated €125 million – about $170 million Canadian. WPAC's Gord Murray reports on his onsite visit.

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With just over two months until the Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference opens its doors in Montreal, organizers have released information about the preliminary agenda for the two-day conference.

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Presentations from the over 25 speakers at the sold-out 2013 Wood Pellet Association of Canada AGM and Conference are now available for download. Thanks to our presenters for an excellent slate, and to the over 300 people who took part.

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The Southeast U.S. recently passed British Columbia to become the world’s largest wood pellet exporting region. Russian production is also growing rapidly. Unless the fibre supply situation improves for B.C.’s pellet producers, the province will soon slip into third place behind Russia and possibly even fourth place behind the Baltic countries.

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The carbon debt issue surrounding Europe's use of North American biomass is not an issue according to findings published in a report released by the European biomass association AEBIOM, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC), and the US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA).

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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

  • BC tech companies win farm innovation challenge

    March 22, 2017 - Two B.C. companies that have developed unique biomass solutions for the agriculture industry are among the four winners of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Innovation Council’s Innovation Challenge. Vancouver’s Boost Environmental Systems developed[…]

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  • Editorial: Alternative bio-facts?

    March 21, 2017 - A recent report on the carbon neutrality of biomass has ruffled some feathers in the biomass community. The Impacts of the Demand for Woody Biomass for Power and Heat on Climate and Forests, a report created[…]

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  • Calgary Transit weighs switch to renewable diesel

    March 20, 2017 - Candaxa Energy, a renewable fuels company based in Calgary, is pitching to city councillors the idea of Calgary Transit switching to renewable diesel. According to a report from the Calgary Sun, Candaxa's Jeff Brookman says 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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