On November 8, 2011, the Pellet Fuels Institute announced the launch of the PFI Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade fuel.
The American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) serves as the program’s accreditation body, providing program implementation and enforcement, as well as facilitating program enrollment.
Lignetics has been accredited by a PFI Standards Program auditing agency and are permitted to display the Quality Mark on their bags of fuel found in the marketplace.
- Linn, West Virginia Facility (Registration Number: 03304)
- Kenbridge, Virginia Facility (Registration Number: 03434)
- Sandpoint, Idaho Facility (Registration Number: 03208)
There are three main documents that serve as the basis of the program. These documents have been modified over the last year and contain a variety of new information.
Pellet Fuels Institute Standard Specification for Residential/Commercial Densified Fuel This document is the backbone of the program. It outlines the actual grade parameter test method requirements for densified fuels registered in the program.
Pellet Fuels Institute Residential/Commercial Densified Fuel QA/QC Handbook Provides quality control and quality assurance procedures for the production of residential /commercial densified fuels.
American Lumber Standard Committee, Incorporated, Residential/Commercial Densified Fuel Enforcement Regulations This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the auditing agencies, the laboratories, and the oversight requirements of the Accreditation Body.
A fourth document, the North American Grading and Quality Management System for Residential/Commercial Densified Fuel, should be used as a supplemental reference tool. It outlines the roles of all program entities.
PFI Standards Background
PFI initiated redevelopment of its standards in 2005 and has implemented a program that has been proposed to be incorporated by reference into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Residential Wood Heaters. EPA is mandating the regulation of pellet fuel through its NSPS and has voiced its support of the PFI Standards Program for inclusion in the NSPS. A draft of the NSPS is expected to be released by EPA in Summer 2013.
For the purposes of the NSPS, pellets that are tested through the PFI Standards Program are assured to be qualified to a specified grade and can be properly matched to the appliances that are permitted to burn them.
The PFI Standards Program addresses the needs of consumers, fuel and appliance manufacturers and the EPA. The greatest differences between previous programs and the current program include: independent third party inspections, sampling, testing and overall program oversight. Many key components of the earlier program remain intact.