Fuel Choice Legislation Initiatives

Ban on Gas Ban Bills in Our Affiliate Throughout 2020, an increasing number of jurisdictions (both cities and states) began considering new “decarbonization” initiatives that will severely limit – or even ban – natural gas and propane in new homes. Three states in our affiliate, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, are working on legislation to prevent … Continue reading Fuel Choice Legislation Initiatives

Update: ASHRAE 62.2

Following the ASHRAE Board of Directors approval of Addendum ‘A’ (restricting vent-free appliances in ASHRAE-compliant homes to the point they are essentially not allowed), those who were opposed to the addendum are working towards an appeal. However, in January, the 62.2 Committee introduced a new motion to ban vent-free appliances in 62.2-compliant homes outright. The … Continue reading Update: ASHRAE 62.2

Biomass Stove Tax Credit Expires December 31, 2020

The $300 tax credit for purchasing a qualifying biomass stove is set to expire on December 31, 2020. In order to claim the credit on a 2020 tax return, both the purchase AND complete installation must happen on or before December 31, 2020. See our tax credit website page for more information, including FAQs, consumer … Continue reading Biomass Stove Tax Credit Expires December 31, 2020

Save the Biomass Stove Tax Credit – Send Congress an Email

The 25C tax credit for biomass stoves is a $300 dollar-for-dollar credit which has traditionally been retroactively extended each year for the last few years. The credit will expire after December 31, 2020 if it isn't extended by Congress. Legislation is being discussed in Congress that would extend the credit past December 31, 2020 if … Continue reading Save the Biomass Stove Tax Credit – Send Congress an Email

Status of EPA’s Proposed Sell-Through for Step 1 Products

It has been two months since the comment period for EPA’s COVID-19 sell-through proposal closed. EPA has indicated they likely will not issue a Final Rule until late September or early October. Keep in mind that it is still illegal to sell a Step 1 product unless the EPA acts. The sell-through period would come … Continue reading Status of EPA’s Proposed Sell-Through for Step 1 Products

State Enforcement of EPA’s NSPS Underway

As expected, states are beginning to enforce the EPA’s NSPS. HPBA has received notices from the California and New York Attorneys General announcing active enforcement against Step 1 appliances being offered for sale. While EPA has indicated that federal enforcement of the wood heater NSPS is a low priority, states have the authority to enforce … Continue reading State Enforcement of EPA’s NSPS Underway

Biomass Stove Tax Credit Included in House Infrastructure Bill

The “INVEST in America Act” (H.R. 2), infrastructure legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 1, contained updates to energy efficiency tax credits, including the biomass stove tax credit. This legislation, however, is not expected to pass the Senate, as there is disagreement between parties on details of the bill. The legislation would extend the … Continue reading Biomass Stove Tax Credit Included in House Infrastructure Bill

HPBA Submits Comments to EPA on Proposed COVID-19 Sell-Through Relief from NSPS Deadlines

On July 6, 2020, HPBA submitted comments to EPA in support of its proposed sell-through package which, if enacted, would provide sell-through for Step 1 products from the date the rulemaking is finalized until November 30, 2020. Unless and until EPA formally adopts the sell-through proposal, it remains illegal to sell or offer for sale … Continue reading HPBA Submits Comments to EPA on Proposed COVID-19 Sell-Through Relief from NSPS Deadlines

Biomass Stove Tax Credit Proposed Increase

HPBA sent a letter to Congressional leadership that calls for some changes in the Section 25C tax credit for homeowner energy efficiency improvement in the bipartisan Home Energy Savings Act of 2019. Those changes include: the lifetime limit being cleared and setting a new lifetime limit of $2,400, increase the credit for biomass stoves from … Continue reading Biomass Stove Tax Credit Proposed Increase