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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

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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Energy costs are the major driver behind the rising cost of living in the Northwest Territories, where distance and isolation shackle communities to an expensive supply chain of oil and gas to keep the lights on and the furnace running during those dark, cold winters.

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The European Commission’s directorate-general for competition is investigating whether the UK government’s support of the biomass conversion of Lynemouth Power Station (LPS) complies with EU state aid rules, putting in jeopardy a project that would consume 1.5 million tonnes of wood pellets annually.

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Using a track and field metaphor, Europe has lapped North America in the race to reduce global warming and develop clean renewable energy. The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) provides the so-called 20-20-20 targets that mandate 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a 1995 base level; 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption; and for 20 per cent of energy to be renewable. This has resulted in Europe becoming the largest global wood pellet market, accounting for 80 per cent of consumption, far ahead of second place, USA, and third place, South Korea.

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The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (“WPAC”) is inviting proposals for its Expanding Export Markets Program for the fiscal year April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Interested parties can download the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) document here.

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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

  • Report calls for boost to clean tech research in Canada

    July 18, 2017 - As the federal government accelerates Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy, it needs more smart policy to build markets, unlock private investment and secure innovation, according to a report by Analytica Advisors, an Ottawa-based cleantech research[…]

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  • FutureMetrics adds senior economist, director to team

    July 17, 2017 - Seth Walker has joined FutureMetrics as a Senior Economist and Director of Business Development. In addition to bringing a fresh analytical perspective, Walker will be developing new reports and products to enhance FutureMetrics' offerings to the[…]

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  • Merritt biomass power plant on track for fall start

    July 12, 2017 - The Merritt Green Energy project in B.C., a 40-megawatt biomass-fuelled power plant, has finished site construction and is in the commissioning stage.John Turner, vice-president of operations at Veolia North America, told the Merritt Herald the plant[…]

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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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