For a primer on state legislative incentives and assistance programs for wood pellets that could potentially be replicated in other states, please see PFI – Examples of State Legislative Incentives.
2016 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities
To achieve this goal, PFI will focus on the following priorities:
Biomass Heating Appliance Tax Credit
25C tax credit for non-business energy property, which provides a $300 credit for residential biomass heating equipment. The credit applies to purchases of equipment made in 2014. Those who wish to utilize the credit must have a proof of purchase as well as a manufacturer-issued certificate indicating the product qualifies for the tax credit.
Biomass Thermal Utilization Act (BTU Act)
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Senator Angus King (I-ME) introduced S. 1007, the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013. The BTU Act, was co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and a host of other Members of the Senate. The goal of the legislation is to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include biomass heating appliances for tax credits available for energy-efficient building property and energy property.
It is anticipated that this bill will be reintroduced in the 114th Congress, which opened its session on January 3, 2015.
New Source Performance Standards for New Residential Wood Heaters
The standards for wood heaters – including wood pellet stoves and other pellet-burning appliances – were designed to require new wood heaters to burn cleaner, and to improve air quality in communities where wood burning appliances are commonly used. The rule does not apply to existing wood burning appliances.
The rule requires any new non-commercial wood-burning appliance to utilize fuel that has been graded through an EPA-authorized graded fuel program including the PFI Standards Program. Other authorized programs include ENplus and CANplus.
For more information, please see the NSPS Fact Sheet.