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When handled properly, wood pellet fuel is safe and benign. Wood pellets are made by drying and compressing pure wood particles. Naturally occurring lignin softens during pelletizing and then hardens during the cooling process to bind wood particles together as pellets. It is hard to imagine how such a pure product could be dangerous.

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With the wood pellet industry hurting from low fuel prices, warm winters, and unhelpful government policies in many countries, is there a light in the gloom? The potential of global markets was the topic de jour during the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference, which took place in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C., Sept. 20-22.

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The Netherlands (NL) was briefly the world's largest importer of industrial wood pellets for co-firing. Under its former biomass support scheme - Milieukwaliteit van de Elektriciteitsproductie or MEP – wood pellet consumption for co-firing peaked at about 1.5 million tonnes annually. However, from 2012 and 2014, imports declined rapidly and eventually stopped altogether, as power utilities' MEP contracts expired.

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Production at Rentech Inc.'s Canadian pellet plants improved during the second quarter of 2016, with average weekly production increasing by 50% and 10% at Wawa and Atikokan, respectively, as compared to the average weekly production during the first quarter, the company reports.

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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, 2016 to March 31, 2017.  Interested parties can download the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) document here.

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