New Hampshire-based New England Wood Pellet becomes first manufacturer to qualify for Pellet Fuels Institute's pellet fuel standards program

LOS ANGELES , March 25, 2013 () – New England Wood Pellet LLC (NEWP) of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, has become the first manufacturer to qualify for the Pellet Fuels Institute’s (PFI) pellet fuel standards program.

The Pellet Fuels Institute, in a March 19 announcement on its website, said NEWP would now be allowed to display the PFI Quality Mark on its bags, indicating the company’s wood pellets are in compliance with the fuel grade listing on the bag.

The PFI Quality Mark also helps ensure the wood pellets are properly matched with the correct appliances.

To qualify for the pellet fuel standards program, NEWP collaborated with PFI, Timber Products Inspection Inc. and the American Lumber Standard Committee. Timber Products Inspection will provide auditing and third-party laboratory testing services over the next year to ensure NEWP remains in compliance and produces consistent-quality wood pellets, according to the PFI statement.

NEWP has three manufacturing plants with a combined capacity of more than 250,000 tons located in New Hampshire and New York, according to its website.

PFI Executive Director Jennifer Hedrick said, “NEWP's qualification to the PFI Standards Program is a significant milestone for the industry and PFI.” Hedrick added that a number of other companies were attempting to quality for the program. According to PFI, 29 companies representing a total of 48 pellet mills indicated their intent over the last year to enroll in the program.

Chris Wiberg, Manager of Biomass Services at Timber Products Inspection, said: “NEWP has worked hard to develop their program, and I am not surprised that they have stepped forward as the first pellet manufacturer to obtain qualification in this program.”

PFI has been developing the pellet fuel standards program since 2005. The organization’s goal is to develop industry-wide uniform certification standards in order to boost product quality.

The primary source of this article is a statement on the website of the Pellet Fuels Institute, Arlington, Virginia, on March 19, 2013.

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