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Jan. 26, 2015 - For those off the gas grid, wood pellets offer a Canadian-made, carbon-neutral way to heat their operations. The annual Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference is the opportunity in 2015 to find out more about the automated technology and applications around this proven energy source.

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Global wood pellet consumption will be about 24 million tonnes in 2014. More than 80 per cent will be consumed in the European Union (EU) for heat and power generation. Europeans like wood pellets for home heating because they are cheaper than the alternatives – gas, oil, or electricity. And they use wood pellets to replace coal in power generation because pellets are cleaner and can greatly reduce GHG emissions.

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Presentations from the sold out 2014 WPAC Conference and AGM in Vancouver are now available for download.

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Wood pellets are designed to burn – they're made from highly combustible dust that is pressed into pellet form and must be treated with care to prevent this fuel from lighting before it has been added to the boiler.

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The United Kingdom (UK) has emerged as Canada’s largest market for wood pellets, accounting for one million tonnes in 2013 (63 per cent of Canadian exports) and up from 794 thousand tonnes in 2012. The United Kingdom (UK) has emerged as Canada’s largest market for wood pellets, accounting for one million tonnes in 2013 (63 per cent of Canadian exports) and up from 794 thousand tonnes in 2012. And since the UK market is dominated by large power utilities replacing coal with wood pellets to reduce CO2 emissions, its climate change policy is of vital interest to pellet producers.

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