Picardie: le prix des granulés de bois flambe

Picardie: le prix des granulés de bois flambe

The increase in production costs has for several months caused an increase in the price of wood pellets, a relatively cheap heating method until now. Many people try to refuel in the middle of summer, fearing an even more significant increase in the fall. The sector is reassuring about production capacities and believes that wood continues to be the most competitive energy.

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Waking up at four in the morning on Friday, July 29, 2022, customers at Harly’s Brico Dépôt store in Aisne thought they were getting a good deal. During the week, the store displayed a promotion at 5.49 euros for a 15 kg bag, compared to 8.50 euros on average. But, ”
due to supply difficulties and rising raw material prices
“, the store will explain, the commercial promotion will not be carried out, and finally the 15 kg bag will be exhibited at 8.90 euros. In the face of the anger of hundreds of disappointed customers, the brand will agree to sell the merchandise at the price advertised in the catalog, but within the limit of ten bags per person.

The event says a lot about the tension that reigns in the market for wood pellets, or pellets, whose price has skyrocketed, going from 280 to 600 euros per ton in a few months. As usual, the fear of shortages drives up demand and naturally has an impact on prices. However, there are very concrete reasons for this increase in the price of pellets, starting with the increase in production costs, linked to energy prices. The manufacture of pellets consists of crushing, drying and compressing sawdust and wood chips with machines that work with electricity. To this must be added the cost of transport, but also the fact that countries such as Russia, Belarus and Ukraine contributed 15% of the pellets consumed in France before the war.

According to the sector, the pellet, however, “has never been so competitive”

Pellet stove owners, worried that prices will rise again in winter, sometimes run to specialty stores to refuel. ”
We have many requests, but for the moment we manage to follow
“, assures this employee of “Granulate Delivery”, a company specialized in Méru, in the Oise, which nevertheless shows the color on the home page of its website with this explicit message: ”
Don’t wait to save money, the price per ton will reach 1,000 euros in September!

Despite everything, at Propellet, an organization that brings together professionals in the sector, we ensure that no one will be left without pellets this winter. ”
The prospects for increased production capacity are encouraging and French players are very active in ensuring supply and meeting consumer needs.
“, reassures the sector, which recalls that despite this increase, this type of heating continues to be largely competitive.

The increase in the cost of raw materials, electricity, transport and packaging have as a direct consequence the increase in the price of wood pellets. However, given the economic situation, the pellet grows less than other energies and in the end it will never have been so competitive.

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