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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

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and the BC Forest Safety Council have finalized a SAFE certification system specific to the pellet industry, a move that was originally announced at the Pellet Fuel Institute (PFI) 2011 annual conference.

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A new report from WPAC research director Staffan Malin outlines steps that pellet mills can take to assess and minimize the risk of dust explosions in their facility. Published in late August, the detailed report discusses risk assessment, dust sampling and categorization methods, methods to reduce the risk of a dust explosion, and ways to mitigate the effect of an explosion should one occur.

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In May, WPAC president Robert Tarcon and I visited the London offices of CME Group to learn about their new central clearing service for over-the-counter (OTC) wood pellet swaps. CME Group is the world’s largest operator of financial derivatives exchanges, which include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade and the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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WPAC Research Director Staffan Melin has published an indepth look at the potential Canadian market for bulk wood pellets. The 27-page report includes information from across Canada on opportunities to use wood pellets to replace coal in power generating plants.

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WPAC Executive Director Gordon Murrray presented on market trends, opportunities, and potential threats at the Pellet Fuels Institute AGM in Connecticut. See a news brief here, or see the entire presentation here.

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Safety

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

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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