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From Biomass Magazine
By Renewable Energy Vermont

Through a generous opportunity, Vermonters now have a short-time frame before the new year to capitalize on a fantastic incentive offering that helps them save money, while supporting Vermont jobs and sustainable forests, while making sure they stay warm this winter.

Vermonters can get up to $5,500 to help switch from fossil fuel to local wood heating. Cash incentives are available from the Clean Energy Development Fund and Efficiency Vermont. Renewable Energy Vermont and the Renewable Energy Resource Center have partnered to help promote the incentives.

“We’ve been very happy with our decision to switch to a wood pellet boiler. Not only do we save money every year on our fuel bill, but we also love the fact that we’re helping to keep forests intact and logging jobs going,” says Mark Bushnell of Middlesex.

Vermonters who make the switch to wood pellet fuel typically save $1,500 annually when compared to oil and propane fuel heating options. And for those who are used to whole-home heating through their traditional boiler, the wood pellet boiler keeps it simple and complete. Advanced wood pellet boilers are fully automatic, so there’s no work for the home or business owner.

“I heated my home for years with a standard wood stove, but I’m happier with my wood pellet boiler. The new boiler is much more efficient and better for the environment because it is cleaner burning. And it feels great to be off fossil fuels,” says Susan Clark of Middlesex.

Wood pellet boilers, though not well known in the United States, are the primary way of heating in some parts of the world, including Upper Austria where more than 40,000 homes and businesses heat with wood from their background in an easy, seamless way. In fact, the State of Vermont and Upper Austria are involved in a Sister Statehood Agreement to help learning across both sides of the Atlantic to increase the uptake of this sustainable, local heating option.

“For many years, Vermont has been a national leader in the use of modern wood heating systems in large buildings like schools, office buildings, and apartment buildings. With pellets now available in bulk using specialized delivery trucks that conveniently blow pellets into a fuel bin and heating systems that are fully-automated, many homeowners and small businesses are also making the switch from oil and propane,” said Adam Sherman of the Biomass Energy Resource Center.

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From Biomass Magazine
By USDA Farm Service Agency

On Aug. 19, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment has begun for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for energy or biobased products within designated projects areas. The funds are available from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Biomass energy facilities or groups of producers may submit proposals for new BCAP project areas. Proposals will be accepted on www.grants.gov through Nov. 6. USDA will also allocate $7.7 million towards four existing BCAP project areas in New York, North Carolina, Ohio/Pennsylvania and Kansas/Oklahoma, targeting the establishment of an additional 10,500 acres of shrub willow, giant miscanthus, and switchgrass for energy. Project area sponsors include Chemtex International, Aloterra Energy LLC, Abengoa Biomass LLC and ReEnergy Holdings LLC. Farmers and forest landowners may enroll for biomass establishment and maintenance payments for these four sites through Sept. 25.

In June, USDA began accepting applications from foresters and farmers seeking financial assistance for removing biomass residues from fields or national forests for delivery to energy generation facilities; the deadline for those applications is Sept. 4. The retrieval payments are provided at a cost-share match of $1 for $1 up to $20 per dry ton with eligible crops including corn residue, diseased or insect infested wood materials, or orchard waste. The energy facility must first be approved by USDA to accept the biomass crop, and deliveries to the facilities can continue until Dec. 11.

The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes funding each year for the program to assist with the establishment and delivery of biomass for energy or biobased products. To date, BCAP has provided incentives for producers across more than 48,000 acres in 71 counties and 11 different project areas. For more information on the program or to enroll in updates, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap or contact your local FSA county office. To find your nearest FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing, and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

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From Platts McGraw Hill Financial

Canada exported 781,083 mt of wood pellets in the first half of 2015, nudging up 1% on the year-earlier period, as increased deliveries to the UK offset declines in shipments from Italy and South Korea, according to Statistics Canada data Monday.

The country's H1 pellet exports to the UK -- Canada's largest customer for the fuel -- were 587,205 mt, up 26% on the year.

Exports to Italy in the six-month period declined 62% on the year to 42,799 while those to South Korea fell 47% to 33,221 mt.

Sources said weak demand in the residential heating pellet market explained the on-year fall in Italian deliveries, while the drop in Canadian shipments of industrial pellets to South Korea was attributed to stiffer competition from local Asian suppliers such as Vietnam and Malaysia.

The US remained the second-largest destination for Canadian pellets, taking delivery of 90,288 mt in H1, up from 87,945 mt in the corresponding 2014 period.

Total Canadian pellet exports in June were 128,403, 5% higher on the year but 8% lower than May. Of this amount, 97,326 mt were shipped to the UK, up 39% on a year earlier but 12% lower than May.

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From Biomass Magazine
By Anna Simet

To put together this survey, our team worked with Pellet Mill Magazine editorial board members—who are mainly pellet plant CEOs/operators—so we have a hunch the results will be of interest to you.

Are you a manufacturer of wood pellets? Or, do you work at a plant and can speak on its behalf or forward to the appropriate person?

If so, I have a quick favor to ask of you, and you’ll be rewarded for your time.

My colleagues have put together a survey that we would really appreciate you take. It’s short, and it’s easy, and doesn’t require any typing at all, just some clicking. It is aiming to gain insight as to how producers get their product to market, beginning with onsite storage and working its way to how they are currently managing the distribution of their product.

To put together this survey, our team worked with Pellet Mill Magazine editorial board members—who are mainly pellet plant CEOs/operators—so we have a hunch the results will be of interest to you.

We promise, survey responses will remain confidential and the information will be presented only in aggregate. The survey results will be featured in the September/October issue of Pellet Mill Magazine, which is focused on distribution and distribution infrastructure.

So as a reminder, the more responses we get, the more valuable the results will be. Since the survey was launched earlier this week, they’ve been coming in steady, we’re pushing 40 as of right now—here’s a little sneak peek at to the info we have received.

Question No. 3:

How much of your annual production is sold to Big Box retailers?

Less than 50%.................... 58.2% of respondents

Between 50 and 75%..........23.53% of respondents

Between 75 and 90%...........11.76% of respondents

Over 90%.............................5.88% of respondents

And one more:

Question No. 6:

How many orders during the 2014-15 heating season was your facility not able to

Immediately fill (back ordered)?

None………………………..42.86% of respondents

Between 1 and 30……..42.86% of respondents

Between 30 and 100…..8.57% of respondents

More than 100…………….5.71% of respondents
 

Those are the results of two of 12 questions, so if you're interested in seeing what the others are, go view/take the survey here,  and we’ll soon deliver the results, which we are confident will be interesting and helpful.

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