PFI Seeks Your Input on Conference Agenda

November 26th, 2013 in News

Planning for the 2014 PFI Annual Conference is underway and the PFI Conference Committee welcomes your ideas for panel topics. In the past we have featured topics across a wide range of subject areas including: Pellet Mill Safety, Production Improvement and Efficiency, Emerging and Growing Markets, Fire Prevention, Raw Material Sourcing and Sustainability, and Policy [...]

Biomass: Most Important RE Carrier Globally

November 20th, 2013 in News

Energy Renewable Focus USA Edited by Gail Rajgor In energy terms biomass is the most important renewable energy carrier globally. It is used for the provision of heat, electricity and transportation fuels. Traditionally most of the organic material used within the worldwide energy system helps to cover energy demand for cooking and heating; this use [...]

2014 PFI Annual Conference Dates and Location Selected

November 4th, 2013 in News

PFI is pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual Conference will be held July 27-29 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, FL! In addition to the luxury accommodations, premier meeting space, Orlando offers excellent accessibility and tons of family-friendly activities. Building upon the success of this year’s conference in Asheville, NC, with [...]

Pellet Heating Helps Oregon National Guard

October 28th, 2013 in News

Biomass Magazine by Sue Retka Schill Pellet boiler heating systems will help the Oregon Army National Guard meet its ambitious goal of net zero energy at all of its 53 installations statewide by 2020. ORARNG, which volunteered to participate in broader initiative of 19 pilot projects at U.S. Army sites across the country targeting net [...]

Wood remains cheapest heating option in Pocahontas County

October 24th, 2013 in News

By Geoff Hamil The Pocahontas Times Heating fuel prices vary widely from year to year, as supply and demand constantly fluctuates. Common heating options in Pocahontas County include wood, wood pellets, oil, kerosene, propane and electricity. The following analysis calculates the cost of each fuel necessary to produce one million British Thermal Units (BTU) of [...]

Kentucky Replacing Coal with Biomass

October 17th, 2013 in News, News Archive

By Anna Simet Biomass Magazine Yesterday, the Kentucky Public Service Commission approved a 20-year contract to give Kentucky Power Co.  permission to purchase electricity from a 58.5-MW biomass plant proposed by ecoPower Generation, near Hazard, Ky. Kentucky Power’s main impetus behind the PPA has been that it needs to replace capacity generated by its Big [...]

Household Heating Costs Projected to Rise from Last Winter

October 9th, 2013 in News, News Archive

October 8, 2013 U.S. Energy Information Administration More than 90% of the 116 million homes in the United States are expected to have higher heating expenditures this winter (October 1, 2013-March 31, 2014) compared with last winter, mainly because of higher projected prices for residential natural gas, propane, and electricity, according to the U.S. Energy [...]

Quality Management for Expanding Standards Requirements

September 24th, 2013 in News, News Archive

By Chris Wiberg Biomass Magazine Quality management of the pellet production process is essential for assuring that the end product conforms to the intended product quality requirements. Going back 20, 10 or even five years, those for the pellet industry have been relatively loosely defined. As a result, quality management systems commonly in place at [...]

PFI Announces Agreement with USDA and Industry Groups

September 12th, 2013 in News, News Archive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              CONTACT: Jennifer Hedrick                                                                                                                         (703) 522-6778 EDT The Pellet Fuels Institute Announces Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Industry Groups September 12, 2013 (Washington, DC) — The Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) [...]

USDA Awards Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects, Announces Parternship to Expand Wood Energy Use

September 11th, 2013 in News, News Archive

U.S. Department of Agriculture Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of our nation’s forests. The new partnership includes USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute. He [...]

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