If You Care About the Pellet Industry, You'll Care About This

By Luke Geiver | October 02, 2012

Project developers who’ve been contemplating the economic benefit of a biomass-based heating installation in New Hampshire may have received the proof needed to justify an investment in renewable heat. Earlier this year, the state became the first to assign a full credit for renewable thermal production under the state’s renewable portfolio standard. As usual, there’s more to the story.

In the upcoming issue of Pellet Mill Magazine, Anna Simet explains how a multi-year strategy aimed at adding renewable heat to New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standard all played out. Simet discusses the complicated approach pellet supporters took to prove to legislators why renewable heat makes sense and how to capitalize on one of the state’s abundant resources. For an education in state-based renewable energy credit scoring, or an explanation of why New Hampshire’s inclusion of renewable heat could have an impact on surrounding states, give Simet’s piece a read.

For those interested in the pellet industry’s impending move towards a third-party quality verification system, we covered that as well. The idea of a quality certification system that would ensure a level playing field amongst all producers isn’t the issue, we learned, as most in the industry are for a system that would support guaranteed product parameters (ash content, bulk density, etc.) through bag labeling. The real issue is instead related to something all of us, in any industry, care greatly about: time and money. The standards piece in the upcoming issue outlines how the industry feels about paying more money for new testing, and how the industry will implement new time-consuming testing measures. If you have any time or money invested into the pellet industry, give that piece a read too.