Picardy: The price of wood pellets is rising – Le Courrier picard

Rising production costs for several months have driven up the price of wood pellets, a relatively inexpensive heating method so far. Many people try to feel full in the middle of summer, fearing a big increase in the fall. The sector is reassured about production capacities and believes that wood remains the most competitive energy.

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Waking up at 4 a.m., Friday, July 29, 2022, customers of Harley’s Brico Dépôt store, in Aisne, thought they’d gotten a good deal. In the week, The store offered a promotion at 5.49€ per 15kg bag, compared to an average of 8.50€. Most, ”
Due to supply difficulties and high prices of raw materials
”, the store will explain, the commercial promotion will not take place, and the 15 kg bag will finally be offered at 8.90 euros. Faced with the ire of hundreds of frustrated customers, the brand will agree to sell the goods at the price declared in the catalog, but within ten bags each person.

The event says a lot about the tension prevailing in the wood pellet market, or pellets, Its price rose in a few months from 280 to 600 euros per ton. As usual, fear of scarcity drives up demand and has a natural effect on prices. However, there are very tangible reasons for this increase in pellet prices, starting with the higher production costs associated with energy prices. Making pellets involves crushing, drying and pressing sawdust and sawdust with electrically operated machines. To this must be added the cost of transportation, but also the fact that countries such as Russia, Belarus and Ukraine supplied 15% of the pellets consumed in France before the war.

According to the segment, granules have “never been so competitive”

Among the owners of pellet stoves, who are worried that prices will rise again by winter, we sometimes rush to specialized stores to fill in the blanks. ”
We have a lot of requests, but at the moment we manage to follow them
‘, reassures this employee of Granulated Delivery, a company specializing in Méru, in Oise, which nonetheless displays the color on its website homepage with this clear message:
Do not wait to save money, the price per ton will reach 1000 euros in September!

Despite everything, at Propellet, an organization that brings together industry professionals, we assure that no one will run out of pellets this winter. ”
The outlook for increased production capacity is encouraging and the French players are very active in ensuring supply and meeting consumers’ needs.
”, reassures the sector, which states that despite this increase, this mode of heating remains highly competitive.

The increase in the cost of raw materials, electricity, transportation and packaging is a direct consequence of the increase in the price of wood pellets. However, due to the economic situation, pellets increase less than other energies, and in the end they will never be competitive.

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