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Energex receives PFI qualification

The US fuel manufacturer Energex has been qualified into the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) Standards Program, a third-party accreditation programme providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel.

Energex has qualified its Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, and Lac-Megantic, Quebec, facilities, becoming the eighth company to join the PFI Standards Program.

The PFI Standards Program now counts fifteen qualified pellet manufacturing facilities across North America.

‘We are very proud to include Energex as the newest member of the PFI Standards Program,’ says Jennifer Hedrick, executive director of PFI.

‘It is especially encouraging to welcome the first Canadian facility as the programme continues to grow, with an increasingly larger share of the market earning the right to place the PFI Quality Mark on their product bags.’

In qualifying for the Standards Program, Energex joins existing members New England Wood Pellet, Curran Renewable Energy, American Wood Fibers, Lignetics, Marth Peshtigo Pellet Co., Forest Energy Corp., and Indeck Ladysmith.

Energex Corp. CEO Bruce Lisle says: ‘Providing high quality pellet fuel continues to be paramount to success in our industry. This programme ensures that we are always providing our market with the best fuel possible.’

Programme participants can display the PFI Quality Mark on their pellet bags, signifying their qualification to the programme requirements.

The Quality Mark demonstrates to consumers that the product comes from a facility that submits its product to regular third party audits by an independent accredited auditing agency and testing laboratory.

Random audits are regularly performed at production facilities to ensure qualified companies are following a quality control programme.

Wood pellets are tested according to the programme specifications, also on a monthly basis.

By taking these steps, participants ensure that their pellet quality remains consistent.