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On July 23, 2014, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) hosted a workshop in Prince George devoted to the issue of combustible dust. The thirty-two participants included representatives of all of WPAC’s BC producing members as well as WorkSafeBC (WSBC). The workshop objectives were to improve the pellet industry’s collective knowledge about combustible dust (CD) management, to hear the results of WSBC’s Phase IV dust inspections, and to learn about WSBC’s new combustible dust policy.

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The Argus Biomass Trading Conference in London, England, held annually in April, has gained a reputation as one of the “must-attend” gatherings of international power utilities, traders, ports, terminals, ocean shippers, pellet producers, equipment manufacturers and other sectors of the international wood pellet industry. This year’s event lived up to its billing. About 15 WPAC members made the trip to London.

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The European Union Emissions Trading System is the largest multi-country, multi-sector greenhouse gas emissions trading system in the world. So how is this relevant to wood pellets? The short answer is that it is meant to make coal too expensive for power generators. Well then, how well is it working?

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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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