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If you'd like to stay abreast of the current wood pellet situation please keep an eye on our social media accounts - we will be updating the stock and availability situation there in real time.
Alternatively, if you would like to be notified on email when we have pellet availability, please provide your email address below.

Latest Wood Pellet Stock Update

**10.40 19/01** If you missed out on Firepower Pellets & Platinum Plus we have more stock that will be made available to order from 11

**09.10 19/01** More Wood Pellet stock will be made available at 11.00 
**16.50 18/01** Don't worry if you weren’t able to order today. We have more Wood Pellet stock arriving tomorrow at 11.00. 
**10.30 18/01** We have stocks of Firepower Pellets, Platinum Plus, Woodlets & Granulta. Stock will be made available to order at 11.00. We would advise ordering online to avoid disappointment.  
**09.25 18/01** Stock update due shortly, stock will be made available at 11.00 
**11.00 17/01** Unfortunately, no stock update currently. Our next post regarding wood pellet stock will be mid afternoon. 
**11.20 16/01** We have sold out of all of today allocation of Firepower & Platinum Plus.
**10.30 16/01** Stock of Firepower Pellets* & Platinum Plus will be made available at 11.00. Our arrivals of Platinum Plus stock this week are backloaded, if you miss out today don't worry. We have a huge amount of Platinum Plus arriving at our warehouse are the back end of the week. (*Firepower to be sold as a preorder dispatching from Wednesday 17/01) 
**10.45 15/01** Stock of Firepower Pellets & Woodletswill be made available at 11.00. Granulta will be made available for presale for dispatch on Wednesday. Firepower Pellets are arriving into our warehouse all week. We will be making Firepower stock available all week from 11.00 

**20.00 12/01** Pellet Shortage Update Issued

**12.00 12/01** Platinum Plus is now out of stock. We will have a stock update shortly & will post accordingly. 
**10.50 12/01** Platinum Plus will be made available from 11.30. Initially only a small amount of stock will be made available, more stock is due to follow very soon after. 
**10.00 11/01** Firepower Pellets Wood Pellets have for a short period been removed from presale. We will post an update once we remake stock available. 
**15.30 10/01** We are now out of stock of Platinum Plus. We're due to receive waves of stock next week, we will post an update prior to stock being made available online. 
**16.00 09/01** We are out of stock of Woodlets our next arrival is due next week now, we will post our next update upon the next arrival into our website. 
**10.00 08/01** Platinum Plus stock will be made available 12.00. Platinum Plus will also be made available in Full Pallet quantities but capped to one Full Pallet per customer.

Firepower Pellets have also been made available for Preorder dispatching from our warehouse on Thursday 11/01. We have waves of stock arriving this week, we will email with all, & every stock update this week. Due to demand we advise ordering online! 

**13.00 04/01**A limited quantity of Woodlets will be made available for sale at 14.00.
**11.00 02/01** Granulta will be made available at 12.00 02/01. Due to demand we advise ordering online. 
**12.09 28/12** Firepower Pellets & Woodlets are now out of stock.
**11.20 28/12**
Firepower Pellets & Woodlets will be back in stock at 12PM. . 
**15.00 22/12**
Firepower Pellets are now out of stock. The next arrival date is curretnly due on the 28th 
**14.00 22/12** 
Firepower Pellets will be made available for sale at 14.30. We advise ordering online due to demand 
**15.00 20/12** 
Granulta will be made available at 15.00 20/12. Order oniline now 
**12.06 19/12** 
Firepower Pellets is now out of stock. We will post an update shortly regarding the next arrival date. 
**10.10 19/12**Firepower Pellets will be made available at 11AM 19/12. We advise ordering online due to demand
**15.30 18/12** Bulk Bags Pellets now available for dispatch from 21/12 
**15.20 18/12** Granulta is now out of stock. We will post a stock update shortly
**12.20 18/12** Woodlets are now out of stock. We will update reagrding the next arrival date soon
**11.10 18/12** Stock of
Woodlets & Platinum Plus is now back available with same day dispatch. We advise ordering online due to demand 
**09.20 18/12** Limited quantity of Woodlets wood pellets will be made available to order this afternoon. We will post once the stock has been published.

**17.00 15/12** If you’ve not ordered your wood pellets yet, DON’T PANIC!!! We can still fulfil wood pellets before Christmas. 
 
Pellets are arriving that we can dispatch from Wednesday. With our Premium Shipping this will enable your order to be with you before Christmas. We advise before ordering check the dispatch & estimated arrival date. This can be found before confirming your order & or on your invoice after your order has been confirmed.
 
Our plan is to continue to post every & all stock arrivals via our website or via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages. We hope ensures everyone is best informed of incoming stocks.

**11.16 15/12** Firepower Pellets is now out of stock
**10.00 15/12** Firepower Pellets available for sale. We advise ordering online due to demand 
** 17.30 14/12 Firepower Pellets will be make available to order at 10AM 15/12
**17.00 14/12** Platinum Plus available for sale - dispatching from 15/12
**14.00 14/12** Platinum Plus stock will be made available to order online at 5PM - 14/12. Order online to ensure you don't miss out.

Wood Pellet Shortage??

 

Update 12 January



We are still seeing large scale shortages across the market with most bagged suppliers providing 50% or less of their typical winter volumes.

The European fibre situation is still in a critical stage - The Latvian Government has recently declared a disaster in the forestry sector due to flooding. This means that producers in Latvia have been able to trigger the Force Majeure provisions in their supply contracts to avoid non-supply penalties. The Latvians are not the only producers who have been struggling with the conditions - indeed most of the Eastern European producers from Russia across the Baltics and Ukraine and Belarus have suffered from similar challenges. Fortunately the weather has turned in the last week, allowing most logging operations to recommence, however there is a significant delay from the time timber is felled until a pellet can be delivered to a consumer. We don't believe the production challenges will abate until at least the middle of February, by which time the pent-up demand in the market is likely to keep supply tight and prices high well into the start of April.

Despite the market challenges, White Horse Energy is bringing substantial quantities of product to the market (at present our weekly volumes are 30%-50% up on last year). Unfortunately to deliver these volumes our costs have shot up dramatically (by 30%-40%/tonne). At present we have managed to limit the impact on the consumer to an increase of just 16% over prior years. Our ambition is to secure as much supply as possible for our customers in order to ensure that everyone who needs pellets can get pellets. As soon as we are able, we will reduce our pricing in line with our supply costs. While it is very difficult to determine exactly when this will happen, we'd like to think we would see price reductions from the end of February.

Our long-term view remains that next winter we will see pellet prices somewhere below this winter's pricing, but above previous winters. Despite what has contributed to a perfect storm for the pellet market this year, wood pellets remain a very stable priced energy commodity relative to the alternatives - Electricity, Gas and Oil regularly see price swings far in excess of what the pellet market has seen this year. 


Why
If you’re shopping for wood pellets right now you’ve probably noticed that the majority of retailers either don’t have stock, or have dramatically increased their prices. Fundamentally, what we’re looking at is a European wide shortage of wood fibre (the raw materials pellets are made from) that has severely restricted supply and massively increased the cost of pellets at point of manufacture. For the short term we expect availability to remain patchy throughout December with supply normalising to some extent in January, but for prices to remain where they are (or in some cases increase further) until at least April.
 

The Situation in Europe
For the last few years the European pellet market has been in a position of oversupply. An abundance of the wood fibre used to manufacture pellets combined with a number of mild winters contributed to create a buyers’ market where pellets were readily available and prices were at historic lows.
This winter, a number of biomass fuelled power stations in Europe have come on line. These have created significant demand for the same raw material. Additionally, much of Europe has had an unseasonably warm and wet Autumn – this has led to timber operations in many European forests being halted. They rely on frozen ground providing access to their heavy machinery into the forests – when the ground is wet and unfrozen, they either can’t gain access because their kit gets stuck, or their operations are significantly hampered.
So, we’ve got significantly higher demand (from both the traditional wood pellet market and biomass power industry), and significantly lower supply of raw material. In some cases, we’ve seen raw material costs increase by as much as 90%, in others the raw material just isn’t available, regardless of what one is willing to pay.
Due to this materials shortage, the majority of pellet producers are running at reduced capacities. Quite a lot have simply ceased production until the raw materials are available again.
Finished pellet prices are now around 30% - 20% higher now than they were last year.
 
The Impact in the UK
The UK is currently a net importer of wood pellets (i.e. we import more than we export.) Hence any prices changes in Europe are quickly reflected in the local market - UK producers who have been forced to sell at a loss in recent years to compete with imports are suddenly able to charge a ‘sensible’ price to their retailers.
Last week these supply side pressures were further exacerbated by strong winds on the East coast of England which meant that a number of container ships with significant stock on them were unable to dock until nearly a week after they were due.
White Horse Energy prides ourselves on holding sufficient buffer stock to deal with these eventualities. Unfortunately, it seems a number of our competitors don’t – hence when customers weren’t able to buy pellets from their normal retailer, they bought from us instead. Great news for us, but unfortunately our stock holdings weren’t able to deal with volumes in excess of double our projections, combined with a delay in inbound stock.
We are still seeing much stronger sales of pellets than anticipated for the time of year. As a result, all of our pellets are currently being sold with a future dispatch date (See the wood pellet page for up to date details). These are updated constantly and are visible on the website by product. We will never sell a pallet of pellets that we don’t have, so while there may be a delay in dispatch compared to our normal service, you can be confident that if we have sold you pellets, these will be with you in line with the delivery date estimate on your invoice – typically sooner.


The Impact for White Horse Energy Customers
We expect UK supply of pellets to be somewhat patchy throughout the remainder of December (and hence place some pressure on our availability). However, we are confident that come January things will have settled somewhat.
 
In terms of pricing we anticipate prices staying the same, or if they do increase, increasing only marginally from current levels from now until the end of March.
 
Retail prices are currently up 10-15% on a year ago. Given that wholesale prices have increased 20-30% and raw material prices have increased by up to 90% I think the market as a whole has done a very good job at finding additional efficiencies and absorbing costs in order to limit the price increase being passed on to consumers.