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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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With just over two months until the Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference opens its doors in Montreal, organizers have released information about the preliminary agenda for the two-day conference.

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Presentations from the over 25 speakers at the sold-out 2013 Wood Pellet Association of Canada AGM and Conference are now available for download. Thanks to our presenters for an excellent slate, and to the over 300 people who took part.

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The Southeast U.S. recently passed British Columbia to become the world’s largest wood pellet exporting region. Russian production is also growing rapidly. Unless the fibre supply situation improves for B.C.’s pellet producers, the province will soon slip into third place behind Russia and possibly even fourth place behind the Baltic countries.

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The carbon debt issue surrounding Europe's use of North American biomass is not an issue according to findings published in a report released by the European biomass association AEBIOM, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC), and the US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA).

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