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The wood pellet industry employs 2,500 British Columbians. Photo courtesy Pinnacle Renewable Energy.

In 2018, the Government of British Columbia released its Clean Energy Plan, promising to create opportunities for all while protecting the province’s clean air, land and water. Remarkably, the plan gives almost no consideration of forest-based bioenergy. Nevertheless, the government did commit to renew the province’s bioenergy strategy, which now – two years later – it is working on. Alarmingly, the government is planning to exclude the use of solid biofuels for heat in B.C. The wood pellet industry is deeply troubled by this.

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WPAC Dust Safety Week photo
Raw material storage at wood pellet plant. Photo courtesy WPAC.

Combustible wood dust in confined storage could present a risk of fire and explosion if it’s not managed effectively. The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has developed tools to improve safety and lower the risk when working around wood fibre storage.

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Working together at the Granules LG pellet plant.

In Canada, June 21, the summer solstice, has been designated National Indigenous Peoples Day. As stated by the Government of Canada, this is a day to “recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.” It is also a time to look forward to the opportunities that lie in front of us.

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Pinnacle record breaking shipment
A cargo hold being filled with wood pellets at Pinnacle’s Westview Terminal, Prince Rupert, Canada. Photo credit: Pinnacle Renewable Energy.

On May 29, 2020, Pinnacle Renewable Energy set a new record for the largest load of wood pellets ever shipped from Canada when the Panamax-class vessel MV Siboney M departed Westview Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert, B.C., with 63,601 tonnes of wood pellets bound for the United Kingdom. A Panamax is the largest vessel class in terms of width and length that is able to pass through the lock chambers in the old Panama Canal.

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PacBio bobtail fire
Photo courtesy Pacific BioEnergy

Pacific Bioenergy’s (PacBio) salvage and reforestation program is demonstrating the important contribution that a strong, competitive bioenergy sector can make in advancing sustainable forest management and contributing to a low-carbon economy.

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