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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

Three years ago, Canadian Biomass featured Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station on its cover (January 2014). Staff at OPG and particularly those in northwest operations look back with pride on the Atikokan conversion from coal to biomass and the many parallel successes enabled by this conversion.

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Jan. 24, 2017 - We can now be cautiously optimistic that prospects for Canadian wood pellet producers are beginning to improve as we have now entered 2017.

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The past few years have been challenging for wood pellet producers and pellet production project developers. A temporary plateau in demand growth for new co-firing or full conversion power plant projects in the industrial pellet market has led to an excess of production capacity. A series of warm winters in Europe compounded by low fossil fuel prices have depressed demand for pellets and new pellet stoves and boilers in the heating pellet markets. What will the future bring to the wood pellet markets? This article will try to answer that question.

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Homeowners in New Brunswick will be shelling out to heat their homes this winter, with prices for fuel increasing across the board. The prices of firewood and wood pellets remain the cheapest options, with the hike in price attributed only to HST.

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On November 21, Canada's environment minister Catherine McKenna announced the country's plan to virtually eliminate the use of traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030. However, Ottawa recognizes that provinces need flexibility and is willing to negotiate agreements that would allow some plants to stay open so long as equivalent emission reductions are achieved elsewhere. The federal government has agreed to negotiate a deal with Nova Scotia that will allow the province to burn some coal after 2030 in high-demand winter months, while it achieves deep emissions reductions in its electricity sector.

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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

  • Duke Energy investing $11 billion in cleaner energy

    April 27, 2017 - A modernized generating fleet and additional investments of $11 billion in cleaner energy are spurring Duke Energy to establish an aggressive carbon dioxide reduction goal: 40 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.The goals are spelled out[…]

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  • BTEC publishes new Community Biomass Handbook

    April 24, 2017 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) has published the fourth volume of the Community Biomass Handbook, developed by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and co-authored by BTEC Director Marcus Kauffman of the Oregon[…]

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  • NRCan asks for input on Canada's energy future

    April 21, 2017 - Natural Resources Canada is looking for public input on Canada's energy future and the path to reducing the country's carbon footprint. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr today launched Generation Energy, a website that invites[…]

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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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