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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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December 1, 2015 - Latvia is a tiny Northern European country located east of Denmark on the Baltic Sea. Aided by a magnifying glass, it is possible to see Latvia on a map, bordered by Estonia to the north, Russia and Belarus to the east, and Lithuania to the south. 

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October 8, 2015 - The top five export destinations for Canadian wood pellets in 2014 were United Kingdom, United States, Italy, South Korea, and Japan. However, in the spring of 2015, South Korea took itself off this list by imposing new wood pellet import restrictions. The result was that Canadian producers could not legally comply with South Korea’s new requirements and pellet exports from Canada to South Korea all but dried up.

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Not so long ago, the Netherlands was Canada’s largest market wood pellet export market. But when the former MEP subsidy scheme expired, Dutch wood pellet co-firing ceased, as did wood pellet imports. Canadian producers have not shipped any meaningful volume to the Netherlands since 2011. Fortunately other markets have since flourished. Growth in the UK, Belgium, Italy, Korea, and Japan has been remarkable.

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