WPAC approves Michele Rebiere as its new president and director

On March 10, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada announced that its board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Michele Rebiere as the new president and director of the trade association.
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Green Building Standard under consideration to include biomass

The Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, or Standard 189.1, may include a definition of biomass, as well as requirements pertaining to the use of the source in the future.
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Drax acquires Billington Bioenergy

Drax has announced the acquisition of Billington Bioenergy Ltd., the U.K.'s second largest wood pellet distributor. The move signals the power generator's intention to enter the country's growing biomass heat sector.
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Project aims to help Adirondack residents switch to pellet heat

Financial and technical assistance to help homeowners and businesses switch to high-efficiency wood pellet heating is now available to Adirondack homeowners and businesses through the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative.
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Viridis Energy subsidiary secures supply agreement

Viridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., has secured a contract with an existing supplier for exclusive distribution of up to 18,000 metric tons of 100 percent Douglas fir pellets.
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EIA reports illustrate bioenergy growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, forecasting that total renewables used for electricity and heat generation will grow by 2.9 percent this year.
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Blazing a trail for biomass apprentices

Leading players in the U.K.'s biomass industry have joined forces to develop a skills standard under the British government's Apprenticeship Trailblazers program. The Biomass Installation Engineer program is led by Neil Harrison of re:heat.
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GAIN report highlights status of U.K. pellet demand

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network focuses on the U.K. wood pellet market. The report estimates the U.K. imported 4.6 million metric oven dried tons of wood pellets last year.
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UN funds biomass heating projects in Moldova

The United Nations Development Programme has announced the second stage of a project in Moldova that aims to install dozens of biomass heating plants and hundreds of biomass boilers.
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Industry Events

Le Salon Bois Energie 2015

March 19-22, 2015
Parc Expo
Nantes, France

2015 Small Log Conference

March 24-26, 2015
Coeur d'Alene Resort
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo 2015

April 16-18, 2015
Cross Insurance Arena
Portland, Maine

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Heating the Midwest

April 20-20, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 1-4, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2015
Hilton Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska



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