BBI International to Publish Pellet Magazine

By Rona Johnson | March 21, 2011

The European Union’s goal of having at least 20 percent of its energy consumption be produced from renewable energy sources by 2020 has led to an increase in the demand for wood pellets, which plants in the U.S. and Canada are eager to supply (see page 16).

In fact, an estimated 1.6 million tons of pellets were shipped from North America to the Netherlands, the U.K. and Belgium in 2010, which is double the amount that was exported in 2008, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

BBI International, publisher of Biomass Power & Thermal, is well aware of the increase in pellet use in the EU and the interest of many in North America and other countries to produce pellets for export and will be publishing a new biannual magazine called Pellet Mill Magazine.

The magazine will cover everything from production technology to supply and demand to pellet fuel standards to policy and environmental standards. The first issue of the magazine will be printed in April and sent to all Biomass Power & Thermal subscribers. It will also be distributed to attendees at our International Biomass Conference & Expo and at all of our regional biomass conferences.

The first edition of Pellet Mill Magazine will include columns from industry leaders, several staff written features and a couple of features from freelancers, one in Brazil and the other in the U.K.

Although it may be too late for you to send in feature-length contributions for the first issue, which are due March 30, the deadline for the second issue is in mid-September. So if you have a story idea or want to write a contribution for the second issue, please let me know.

Speaking of pellets, you will want to read this month’s Thermal Dynamics column by John Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat and a member of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (see page 10). Ackerly writes about how the U.S. needs to have a national inventive program to replace older wood and pellet stoves, set stricter emissions standards for new stoves and develop strategies to concentrate on the use of pellet appliances instead of wood stoves in urban air-quality and non-attainment areas. These measures would ensure that heating with wood and pellet stoves continues and would make it more attractive to lawmakers.

It is not really far-fetched to imagine the government helping to replace wood or pellet stoves, when it is currently helping to replace homeowners’ appliances with energy efficient models and has even replaced people's clunker cars.

It is important for our legislators to understand how important the wood and pellet stove industry is to America’s energy independence and the job market. And, it’s much easier to get government support if the industry is as clean and green as possible.