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Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit

The Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit will offer attendees a one-day, intensive exploration of the biomass industry’s most dynamic market segment. Fueled by global policies aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of energy products, the market for wood pellets has grown steadily since the early 2000s. While industry forecasts about the rate of growth may vary, the consensus is that global demand will continue to rise for the next decade.

The Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit will bring together the world’s most informed market observers to bring attendees up to speed on existing, expanding and emerging markets for pellets and the policy and marketplace dynamics shaping them.

Industry experts will provide updates on:
  • The Industrial Pellet Market in the United Kingdom and impact of a conservative majority in Parliament on this vital market.
  • The policy situation in the Netherlands and what it means for this promising market.
  • Heating markets throughout Europe and the momentum of appliance sales throughout the region.
  • The state-of-play in South Korea and what it means for North American producers.
  • When other Asian markets like Japan and China might begin to emerge.
  • Appliance sales and efforts to grow heating markets in North America.
  • Opportunities and challenges producers face in the retail market in the United States.
  • Non-energy markets for wood pellets (absorbents, animal bedding and barbecues)
  • Global pellet production trends including new players like Vietnam, Russia and eastern Europe.
The Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit is a perfect complement to the technical content available to pellet producers within the International Biomass Conference & Expo. Together, these two events offer industry professionals an unrivaled opportunity to gain not only the very best in market forecasts and business intelligence, but also best practices in pellet production, dust control, operations and maintenance, plant safety and much, much more.

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If you have any questions on registration or rates please give us a call at 866-746-8385.

Summit Registration$495.00

*Price includes admission, food and beverage, to the International Biomass Conference & Expo's Grand Opening & Welcome Reception on Monday night

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Program Agenda

Monday, April 11

8:00 am – 8:30 amBreakfast in the Expo
Room 208B
8:30 am – 8:45 amWelcome
Room 208 A
Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
8:45 am – 10:15 amExamining Domestic Wood Pellet Markets in a Low Fuel-Oil Price, Pre-Clean Power Plan Environment
Room 208A
Long before pellet manufacturers began eyeing export markets, the industry grew because of the increased use of wood pellets as a heating source in domestic markets. Wood pellets offered a cheaper route to Btus than fuel-oil and customers installed pellet appliances to take advantage of the discount. A recent drop in oil prices has erased this discount and producers are feeling the marketplace impacts of this change. This panel will look closely at the situation producers are facing, how consumers are responding and the potential for new markets created by the Clean Power Plan.
  • Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
  • William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics
    The Clean Power Plan and a U.S. Industrial Pellet Market
  • Katie Fletcher, Associate Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
    Exploring the Results of Pellet Mill Magazine’s Producer Survey on the Business Impacts of Current Market Conditions
  • Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat
    Examining How Increased Global Demand for Wood Pellets has Impacted Fiber Baskets in North America
  • Charlie Niebling, Principal & Partner, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC
    Domestic Pellet Heating Markets: Up One Year, Down the Next
10:15 am – 10:45 amNetworking Break
Room 208B
10:45 am – 12:15 pmThe Marketplace Efficiencies Available to the Wood Pellet Industry via Commodification
Room 208A
As the global wood pellet market continues to grow and expand, the need for greater marketplace efficiencies steadily increases. The industry currently finds itself on the verge of attaining a commodity status. This panel will investigate what this transition means for the industry, the benefits to the industry and the remaining challenges that must be overcome before wood pellets are bought, sold and move with the fluidity of other commodities.
  • Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
  • Todd Bush, Partner, Copenhagen Merchants Group
    The Role of a Trader
  • Dayre Lashnits, U.S. Commodity Sales Manager, Euronext
    Using Wood Pellet Futures to Generate Greater Marketplace Efficiency and Flexibility
  • Chris Wiberg, Lab Director, Timber Products Inspection/Biomass Energy Laboratory
    Looking at Quality Certifications through the Lens of a Commodified Wood Pellet Industry
12:15 pm – 1:30 pmNetworking Lunch in the Expo
Room 208B
1:30 pm – 3:00 pmState of Play: Market Conditions in Key Pellet Buying Regions in Europe and North America
Room 208A
Europe has and continues to set the pace regarding the use of wood pellets for both thermal and electric energy generation. The market has become increasingly dynamic with changes in leadership in the United Kingdom and an evolving subsidy regime in the Netherlands. This panel will bring attendees up to speed on which markets are growing, which are flat and which may be at risk.
  • Seth Walker, Bioenergy Economist, RISI
    The European Pellet Market in the Face of Policy Uncertainty, Low Energy Prices and a Strong Dollar
  • Christian Bach, Founder, North American Biomass
    Big Box and Small Retail: What Is and Isn’t Needed in the 2016-17 Heating Season
3:00 pm – 3:30 pmNetworking Break
Room 208B
3:30 pm – 5:00 pmState of Play II: Market Conditions in Emerging Asian Markets
Room 208A
A well-developed market for wood pellets in Asia would almost certainly mark the product’s emergence as a low-carbon, global energy commodity. Opportunities in China, Japan and South Korea excite producers because of their volume potentials, but the orders have not materialized at the pace many were hoping for. This panel will look more closely at what is generating the interest in wood pellets in these markets, how the opportunities there differ from those in Europe and which Asian producers North American producers will likely find themselves competing with.
  • William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics
    Pellets in Asia - How Japan and China's Demand will Impact the Industrial Pellet Sector
  • Stan Elliot, Vice President, Pacific Coast Pellets
    Mirage or Market: A Producer’s Perspective on the Opportunities and Challenges Presented by Asian Pellet Buyers
  • Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
    Examining Energy and Pellet Production in Key Asian Pellet Buying Markets
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmGrand Opening & Welcome Reception for the International Biomass Conference & Expo
Hall AB
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