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Welcome to www.pellet.org’s power generation page. Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant information on co-firing with wood pellets.

As a sustainable renewable resource, wood pellets offer significant environmental advantages, and are a proven co-firing option for existing coal plants. They may even help sustain current generating assets over a longer lifetime.

Where co-firing has occurred, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced significantly, as have noxious emissions like nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxides and mercury.

With each conversion from coal or other fossil fuels to biomass, big improvements are made. Plants converting to biomass can also create more local jobs and help support Canada’s important forest sector. That helps keep the lights on for all of us.

Have a look around - there’s information on the GHG profile of wood pellets versus coal, on the sustainability of Canadian wood pellets, employment possibilities within the wood pellet supply chain, and a few case studies of power generating stations that have made the switch.


UNADJUSTEDNONRAW thumb 237dThe vast majority of Canadian wood pellets are made from sawmill residuals - sawdust. The rest are made from the residuals from harvesting operations for sawmills and pulp mills, or low-grade timber from forest industry harvest sites that has no other economic value. Think firewood.

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Fotolia 142179690 Subscription Monthly MSustainability should be top of mind for any company that wants to stay in the game in today’s world.

As important a role as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions play, we also need to focus on noxious emissions versus coal.

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carbonchartCoal power has long been tempting because it is often the cheapest fuel on the market. Yet that only makes sense if environmental costs are excluded. Coal currently produces 1/5th of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

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Fotolia 177545963 Subscription Monthly MThe wood pellet industry already employs thousands across Canada in manufacturing, harvesting and transportation. It has the potential to create many more thousands of jobs across Canada by replacing less sustainable heating and power generation fuels.




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Atikokan3When the Ontario government introduced the Green Energy Act in 2009, it sought to create a greener economy. The elimination of coal-fired energy generation, targeted for the end of 2014, meant that there would be a need for an increased amount of renewable energy solutions for Ontario’s energy supply mix. But it also meant that it was up to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to find new solutions for generating electricity at several key power stations across the province.


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fa24f9745ef1d31206ce1973dbde487b XLIt all began with the Ontario government’s mandate to end the use of coal power generation in the province by the end of 2014.




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25 Several carriagesIn April 2013, Drax completed the conversion of the first of three coal boilers to fire exclusively on biomass. On Dec. 9, former U.K. energy secretary Edward Davey visited the Drax Power Station to celebrate Drax becoming one of Europe’s biggest renewable electricity generators. 

Drax Power Station consists of six 660 MW power units, giving a total capacity of just under 4,000 MW, making it the largest power station in the U.K.


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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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Sustainable power

The vast majority of Canadian wood pellets are made from sawmill residuals - sawdust. The rest are made from the residuals from harvesting operations for sawmills and pulp mills, or low-grade timber from forest industry harvest sites that has no other economic value. Think firewood. Read more...

Breathing easier - pellet emissions vs coal

Sustainability should be top of mind for any company that wants to stay in the game in today’s world.

As important a role as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions play, we also need to focus on noxious emissions versus coal.

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  • RICanada calls Clean Fuel Standard a 'critical step'

    Dec. 14, 2017 - Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) congratulates Environment and Climate Change Canada on their release of the preliminary Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) regulatory framework, serving as a critical step to achieve the Government of Canada’s ambitious commitment to[…]

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  • Federal Clean Fuel Standard a 'flexible regulation'

    Dec. 14, 2017 - The federal government has released its Clean Fuel Standard with the aim of publishing draft regulations by late next year.Environment and climate change minister Catherine McKenna said the standard will "give Canadians better access to clean[…]

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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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