Canadian pellet consumption forecast to grow
An annual biofuels report filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the rapidly expanding Canadian pellet industry, noting production increased by approximately 33 percent from 2010 through 2012.
The country was home to 42 pellet plants with a combined capacity of 3 million metric tons last year. In 2010, Canada was home to only 33 plants with a combined capacity of 2 million metric tons.
Since 2006, the vast majority of Canadian pellets have been exported, but the percentage of product being shipped overseas has been reduced in recent years. In 2014, the report predicts that 2.21 million metric tons of the 3.23 million metric tons of pellets produced in Canada will be exported.
While production has grown rapidly, consumption of wood pellets in Canada held relatively steady from 2006 through 2011, averaging between 65,000 and 95,000 metric tons per year. Consumption increased to 233,000 metric tons last year and is projected to reach 690,000 metric tons in 2014.