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

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The U.K. Energy Act received royal assent from the Queen on Dec. 18, 2013, and could lead to an extra 14 million tonnes of pellet demand.

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Mark November 17 to 19 on your calendars. The Wood Pellet Association of Canada has chosen those dates for a repeat performance of its hugely successful AGM and conference.

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Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is an important lesson for those responsible for fibre allocation in British Columbia.

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Rodenhuize Power Station (RPS), a 240-megawatt biomass fuelled plant located in Ghent, Belgium, is one of the largest consumers of Canadian wood pellets. Formerly a coal power station, the plant was converted in 2011 to operate entirely on wood pellets. RPS is a joint venture between Electrabel (a subsidiary GDF SUEZ that owns 73 per cent) and Ackermans & van Haaren (owning 27 per cent). The project cost an estimated €125 million – about $170 million Canadian. WPAC's Gord Murray reports on his onsite visit.

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