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Oct. 6, 2017 - We know the majority of Canadians live within 160 kilometres of the U.S. border. I’ve read various stats, most of which peg the number between 70 and 90 per cent. And less than one per cent of the population lives in Canada’s northern territories, which represent about 40 per cent of the country’s land mass.

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Oct. 6, 2017 - Since 2010, Canadian wood pellet exports have increased by 240 per cent, from one million tonnes in 2010 to 2.4 million tonnes in 2016. Last year’s exports totalled $408 million. Pellet producers have invested in new plant capacity, employed more people and paid more taxes while continuing to grow an industry using a raw material that was formerly a waste product of the sawmill industry.

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Sept. 20, 2017 – Working to improve safety measures in the wood pellet industry is, thankfully, not an uncommon topic these days, but a safe work environment can only be achieved if all members of a team are engaged and committed to adopting that safety culture. Day 2 of the WPAC conference offered attendees some personal insight on the dangers of ignoring safety.

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Sept. 19, 2017 - Transitioning away from coal. That was the main theme at Day One of this year’s WPAC conference in the nation’s capital.

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China is a bit of a mystery to Canadian wood pellet producers. The Canadian wood pellet industry has traditionally relied on the European power market and more recently has penetrated Japan and South Korea. From time to time we have had casual inquiries from potential Chinese buyers, but nothing serious materialized. We believed that with its large population, its reliance on coal, and its insatiable energy demand, China would eventually see the benefits of using wood pellets to lower GHG emissions and reduce pollution.

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