Urge Congress to Provide Step 1 Sell Through Period in COVID-19 Relief Package

The U.S. Congress has been working on multiple pieces of legislation that would provide relief to Americans in the wake of impacts by the coronavirus (COVID-19). So far, enacted legislation has addressed general small business concerns and tax policy, but not industry-specific relief. The EPA’s Step 2 deadline of May 15, 2020 still stands, regardless … Continue reading Urge Congress to Provide Step 1 Sell Through Period in COVID-19 Relief Package

EPA Denies Sell Through in Final Rule; Coronavirus Impacts

HPBA received news last week —just prior to the opening of the 2020 HPBExpo – that EPA’s Final Rule addressing sell-through was finalized and made available online. To our great disappointment, the Final Rule does not include sell-through for any covered product category. Read hpba's press release Coronavirus COVID-19 Impacts HPBA is aware of the … Continue reading EPA Denies Sell Through in Final Rule; Coronavirus Impacts

Stoves to Homes Initiative: An Alternative for Step 1 Stoves

With the May 15, 2020 deadline to sell Step 1 products fast approaching, HPBA remains committed to the fight to obtain some form of sell-through relief. EPA has yet to make a decision on this issue, but the delay has not been encouraging. As we advocate for sell-through, we have been warning HPBA members to … Continue reading Stoves to Homes Initiative: An Alternative for Step 1 Stoves

Promoting the Biomass Stove Tax Credit

As you know, the biomass stove tax credit of $300 was extended for purchases made since January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2020. Tax forms are now updated, and tax preparation software should also reflect the extension of this credit. Download our quick reference one-pager on what consumers need to know. Visit HPBA's website for … Continue reading Promoting the Biomass Stove Tax Credit

New U.S. Federal Law Impacts Licensing for Spouses of Military Personnel

A new law was enacted recently that impacts a small group of Americans: spouses of military personnel who have an occupational license whose spouse is relocated due to a permanent change of duty station to another state. Over 34 percent of military spouses work in fields that require a state license in order to practice. … Continue reading New U.S. Federal Law Impacts Licensing for Spouses of Military Personnel

Biomass Stove Tax Credit Has Been Extended

Thank you to everyone who reached out to their Senators in the last 24 hours. The biomass stove tax credit was passed by Congress earlier today, December 19, 2019. The President is expected to sign the bill tomorrow, which contains over 1,500 pages of funding measures. So, time to get promoting! What products qualify?  Anything … Continue reading Biomass Stove Tax Credit Has Been Extended

HPBA Government Affairs Academy set for July 2020

The sharp increase in local cities banning – or considering a ban of – natural gas in new homes has sparked tremendous interest in the 2020 Tom Pugh Government Affairs Academy (GAA), to be held in Washington, DC, on July 20–23, 2020. This program is designed to empower local members to be better advocates at the … Continue reading HPBA Government Affairs Academy set for July 2020

HPBA Day on Capital Hill a Success

On Thursday, October 24th, nearly 30 HPBA members met with more than 60 congressional offices to promote changeout program legislation and biomass stove tax credit legislation. For our HPBA members, this was their chance to talk with members of Congress and their staff about the issues impacting our industry and their local businesses. We built … Continue reading HPBA Day on Capital Hill a Success

Have You Downloaded Your NSPS Retailer Toolkit?

Over the past few months, HPBA has received many questions from retailers and distributors about requirements under Step 2 of the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters (NSPS), set to go into effect on May 15, 2020. HPBA created a toolkit with information that all retailers need to know. Resources include an … Continue reading Have You Downloaded Your NSPS Retailer Toolkit?

Industry Welcomes Proposed EPA Revisions to NSPS

Sell-Through Would Provide Critical Relief for Retailers, Consumers and Manufacturers The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) welcomes the release today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of proposed revisions to regulations affecting wood and pellet stoves, hydronic heaters, and warm air furnaces. The publication, known as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), contains … Continue reading Industry Welcomes Proposed EPA Revisions to NSPS