Association News and Publications

The annual European Pellet Conference (EPC) took place in Wels, Austria from February 27 to March 1, 2018. Scott Bax of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, John Arsenault, WPAC’s Director of Market Access and Promotion, and I (Gordon Murray) participated. The EPC is one of the largest annual global wood pellet events with about 560 participants. The event focusses mainly on the commercial and residential applications for wood pellets. Speakers and participants come from Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

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Feb. 7, 2018 - According to Argus Biomass Markets, Germany's RWE expects to start co-firing biomass at its 600 MW coal-fired plant in the Netherlands by the end of this month. Argus reports that RWE plans to co-fire 50pc biomass at Amer 9, which will consume around 900,000 t/yr, and that further work will be carried out to increase co-firing to 80pc in the coming years.

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The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) is co-operating with the Government of Ontario and the Embassy of Canada to Italy in Rome in organizing a wood pellet trade mission to Italy from February 19 to 23, 2018.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECC) has invited WPAC, along with other potentially affected trade associations, to participate on a stakeholder committee and a technical committee to give input toward developing the federal Clean Fuel Standard.

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Jan. 17, 2018 - Two important developments took place in Europe today in the U.K. and at the European Parliament.

First, the U.K. government's Renewables Obligation Consultation results were announced, and as a result Drax announced plans to convert a fourth boiler to biomass.

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