Notice of temporary ENplus wood pellets suspension closure as the UK market and supply chains are now restructured

Early last year (2022), The UK Government decided to temporarily suspend the need for GB users to only use ENplus A1 standard wood pellets to be eligible for RHI payments. This allowed domestic users and smaller biomass boiler owners to avail of alternative pellets as the challenging market conditions meant it was very difficult to get ENplus A1 wood pellets when needed.

With many wood pellet importers reorganising their supply chain, The Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) has decided to announce the closure of the temporary suspension which will come to an end on Wednesday, 22nd November 2023.

What does this mean?

If you have been using non-certified wood pellets, you will need to use up all this stock by this date to receive RHI payments. To be eligible for RHI payments in GB, you will need to be using ENplus A1 wood pellets to get a BSL number.

We are expecting a very busy heating season this winter with demand to be very high for our locally produced wood pellets. With this in mind, we are encouraging all our customers who need a refill or have room to take more wood pellets, to order now to avoid potential disruptions and take advantage of the current prices and lead times.

Why did we encourage customers to still use  ENplus® A1 certified wood pellets?

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balcas energy wood pellets

A key advantage of ENplus® is that pellet quality is managed throughout the entire supply chain including production, storage, and transport to the end consumer.

Here at Balcas Energy, Our UK-produced high-quality biomass pellets are manufactured sustainably from virgin wood residue as a co-product of Balcas’s sawmilling process. Balcas Energy carefully screen, test, and quality check each pellet to comply with the highest quality accreditation.

The original timber is either spruce or pine. They are locally sourced from sustainably managed forests. There is no waste or recycled wood used in the manufacturing process of our biomass Wood Pellets

What are the potential issues with using non ENplus®A1 certified wood pellets?

With customers using noncertified wood pellets they are most likely going to encounter one of the following:

  • Higher ash content –up to 10 times greater. More ash means less energy efficiency and increased boiler maintenance.
  • Lower ash melting temperature – greater risk of clinker causing blockages on the grate and reduced efficiencies.
  • Higher chlorine contents – The risk of accelerated heat exchanger corrosion in your biomass appliance.
  • Higher percentage fines content due to lower durability.

Balcas Sustainability Manufacturing Process

Balcas is a business that is focused on the future. And there is no better future than one we can control.

At Balcas we believe that sustainably managed forests are our future. So we innovate with timber, taking care to use it as efficiently as possible, ensuring four trees are planted for every one we harvest.

Forests are the lungs of the planet and we are proud of the contribution that we are making towards fighting climate change:

If you need to speak to us about our locally produced high-quality wood pellets, please contact us by clicking HERE.

Thank You,

Balcas Energy