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"Twenty years ago, we produced 4,700 tons of pellets. We now produce as much in only two weeks,” Granules LG general manager Ken St-Gelais proudly states.

With recent investments for improved automation and controls, the St-Félicien mill, in the northern Lac-Saint-Jean region, produced 120,000 tons in 2015. And it is expected to reach 125,000 tons in 2016.

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When Hector Savoie and his son, Jean-Claude, acquired Restigouche Hardwood Ltd. and Cèdre Restigouche Ltd. in 1978, it’s unlikely they knew that their New Brunswick-based company, Groupe Savoie, would eventually evolve into an international dealer of specialty hardwood products. The company has grown leaps and bounds since its inception nearly 40 years ago, with 650 people employed through Groupe Savoie’s wood products facilities in Moncton, Kedgwick and St. Quentin N.B., and Westville, N.S.

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In its Climate Leadership Plan, the Government of Alberta will phase out coal power by 2030, replacing one-third with natural gas and two-thirds with renewables. Alberta also said that it intends to ensure that capital is not unnecessarily stranded.

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The UK’s Drax Power Station was the destination for 74 per cent of Canada’s wood pellet exports in 2015.

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Halifax-based East Coast Environmental Law’s (“ECELAW”) purpose is to encourage innovative and effective environmental laws in Atlantic Canada. In December 2015, ECELAW released the report Forest Biomass Energy Policy in the Maritime Provinces: Accounting for Science, written by lawyer Jamie Simpson. Simpson’s purpose is to evaluate Maritime provincial government policies regarding forest biomass energy.  

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