LC Energy acquires Harvest Wood Fuels bulk pellet business

By LC Energy | January 10, 2013

LC Energy, one of England’s leading specialists in sustainable wood fuel supply, has announced its acquisition of Harvest Wood Fuels bulk pellet business, a top supplier of high grade wood pellets based in Tilford, Surrey, England.

LC Energy operates across the south and east of England with an established base of public, private and commercial sectors from primary schools and care homes to global hotel groups, leisure parks, hospitals and international airports. As well as developing a leading reputation for the supply of biomass wood fuel solutions—including design and feasibility, service and maintenance, LC Energy has been recognized for its policy of supplying wood chip fuel which is sustainably harvested and sourced locally.

“Harvest Wood Fuels has built a reputation for supplying sustainably sourced pellets to customers across the region, and this responsible approach chimes perfectly with ours,” said Mark Lebus, managing director of LC Energy. “Additionally, their expertise in the bulk pellet market complements our experience and, in bringing the two companies together, we feel we will be able to grow the market for wood fuel energy across the board.”

“There is no doubt that this is a market with excellent potential,” he added. “We’re already seeing a significant increase in the numbers of organizations and householders recognizing the value of wood fuel energy, both for reducing their carbon footprint and lessening their reliance on fossil fuels.” Harvest Wood Fuels source their premium pellets from local producers who use local woodland management arisings as a raw material. Wood chip is used to fire boilers in industrial, commercial and some large residential applications but the carbon-neutral1 pellets are used in a variety of other heaters, including wood pellet boilers, existing hearths or solid fuel burners in private homes. Being more compact and requiring less storage space than wood chip fuel, the pellets are ideal for domestic use and in smaller buildings.

 “We place sustainability at the centre of all that we do and this is why we chose a wood pellet boiler to heat our school,” said Richard Dunne, head teacher at Ashley Primary School in Walton on Thames, one of Harvest Wood Fuels’ longest standing customers. “We have been very pleased with the service provided by Harvest Wood Fuels and the merging of their pellet business with LC Energy, together with the opportunities this will provide is really exciting.”

“Our raw materials do not have to be transported far, reducing the carbon footprint and the cost of producing the fuel. It also provides much needed support to the local woodland industry of the Surrey Hills—one of the most beautiful and wooded parts of the UK,” said James Little, former MD of Harvest Wood Fuels and newly appointed head of business development at LC energy. “I am thrilled to be moving to LC Energy. We will have a tremendous opportunity to build and invest in the future of the pellet supply business. This is especially important in view of the expected introduction of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for householders in summer 2013. Industrial and commercial customers already benefit from grants available through RHI. Our vision is to establish a sustainable local supply of wood pellets throughout the UK by setting up a network of small scale production plants at sawmills and other sources of raw material.”

“The sale of Harvest Wood Fuels to LC Energy makes a lot of sense, and I look forward to seeing the two sides of the business flourish in this fledgling, but rapidly growing industry,” said business entrepreneur, Lance Trevellyan, who founded and sold Harvest Wood Fuels bulk pellet business to LC Energy.  Trevellyan has recently received planning permission at his Group’s Tilford site to develop a sawmill, a wood chip fired combine-heat-and-power (CHP) plant and wood pellet production. The plant will generate both electricity and heat from wood chip to be used in the production of dry wood chip (a proportion of which will be used to fuel the CHP plant) and Grade A1 wood pellets for wholesale to LC Energy.

“This development fits perfectly with our ethos of supplying locally made wood pellets to local end users—we are very excited about the prospect of being able to purchase quality wood pellets, produced