Forest Energy Corporation Announces Qualification into Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program

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Forest Energy Corporation announces its qualification into the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) Standards Program for wood pellet fuel. Forest Energy Corporation (FEC) is only the sixth company to qualify for the PFI Standards Program.

Although we have always had an extensive in-house testing program, now it is overseen by an independent third party, providing everyone that extra level of confidence in the products from Forest Energy.

Forest Energy Corporation, a leader in the wood pellets (http://forestenergy.com/our-products/wood-fuel-pellets/) and biomass industry, earlier this week announced its qualification into the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel. Forest Energy Corporation (FEC) is the sixth company to qualify for the PFI Standards Program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Forest Energy Corporation into the PFI Standards Program,” said Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director of the Pellet Fuels Institute. “It takes time, effort and dedication to qualify for the program and we are proud to see how much the Standards Program has grown in a year and a half. We thank these companies for leading the way and we look forward to many more program members."

In qualifying for the Standards Program, Forest Energy Corporation joins existing program members New England Wood Pellet, Curran Renewable Energy, American Wood Fibers, Lignetics Inc. and Marth Peshtigo Pellet Co. With the addition of Forest Energy Corporation, nearly half of the pellets manufactured for residential heat consumption within the United States are produced under this program.

Rob Davis, owner of FEC stated, “Although we have always had an extensive in-house testing program to provide our customers consistent quality product, now it is overseen by an independent third party, providing everyone that extra level of confidence in the products from Forest Energy.”

Program participants can display the PFI Quality Mark – a sample of which can be found attached – on their wood fuel pellet bags, signifying their qualification to the program requirements. This quality mark will help guide consumers' decisions about which brand of pellets to purchase.

To meet the criteria of the PFI Standards Program, participants work monthly with an independent accredited auditing agency and testing laboratory. Random monthly audits are performed at production facilities to ensure qualified companies are following a quality assurance and control program. Pellets are tested according to the program specifications, also on a monthly or more frequent basis. By taking these steps, participants ensure that their pellet quality meets the standards and remains consistent.
For further details on the PFI Standards Program, including a list of qualified auditing agencies and testing labs, producers and consumers should visit http://www.pelletheat.org/pfi-standards or http://www.alsc.org.

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The Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) is a North American trade association based in Arlington, Virginia, that represents a range of contributors to the pellet industry, including companies that manufacture wood pellets and pellet manufacturing equipment, or provide other products and services to the densified biomass industry at large.

Forest Energy Corporation, located in Show Low, AZ, manufactures wood pellets, densified wood logs, horse and small animal bedding, among other products. For more information on Forest Energy Corporation, visit http://www.forestenergy.com.

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