Gernsbach, Germany: Over the course of the first quarter, a total of 1.727 million tonnes wood pellets were produced by pellet plants in the US. This represents a 5.4 percent increase vis à vis the comparative period of the preceding year, reports EUWID.
According to figures of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) at the US Department of Energy, production of wood pellets for the heating market and of industrial pellets developed along contradictory lines. Whereas production of industrial wood pellets increased by 11.5 percent to 1.364 million tonnes in the first three months, production of high quality wood pellets for the heating market decreased by 12.6 percent to 362,590 tonnes.
There are also more considerable changes concerning the mix of raw materials used for the first quarter vis à vis the comparative quarter of the preceding year.
Accordingly, producers increased use of roundwood by 29.4 percent to 599,300 tonnes, whereas in contrast the use of sawmilling residue ranges from the sawmill industry decreased by 21 percent to 489,400 tonnes.