All across the country, a number of states and localities have implemented or proposed policies that restrict the use of gas appliances in homes and businesses. In an effort to educate our membership and their customers, and to dispel the myths created by the electrification movement, we have created this page as a resource for information.
If you have any questions or if you are aware of pending pro-electrification initiatives in your locality, please reach out to MAHPA at firstname.lastname@example.org or to one of our Government Affairs Committee Directors (listed below).
For your reference, we have created an informational flyer and brochure. In addition, we have created state-specific websites for states that have pending electrification legislation:
New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan (NJEMP) requires zero-carbon fuels by 2050. While we support efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the NJEMP would require all space and water heating to be electric, eliminating affordable natural gas and propane as options. This will put the gas hearth industry in jeopardy and cost consumers $20,000 to switch to electric heat in their homes.
Senator Vin Gopal has announced that he will introduce legislation after the election prohibiting the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and the N.J. Department of Community Affairs from adopting regulations mandating solely electric heat.
JANUARY 11, 2021 UPDATE: Out with the old and in with the new! A spending legislation and pandemic relief package was signed into law at the very end of December and included a long sought-after tax credit for wood and pellet heaters. These systems, whether they are stoves purchased to heat space or larger, whole home heating systems, will now qualify for a renewable energy investment tax credit (Section 25(D) of the Internal Revenue Code). Up until now, only solar, small wind, fuel cell, and geothermal systems qualified for this credit.
Beginning in 2021, consumers buying highly efficient wood or pellet stoves or larger residential biomass heating systems will be able to claim a 26% tax credit that is uncapped and based on the full cost (purchase and installation) of the unit. The credit will remain at 26% through this year and next, and then step down to 22 percent in 2023. This provision is part of the BTU Act, which has been actively supported by HPBA for the last several years and has been part of our Advocacy Day requests to Members of Congress.
NOTE: The language that made it into the final spending package eliminates the Sec. 25(C) credit for biomass stoves. The Sec. 25(C) tax credit may still be claimed on your 2020 tax return for qualifying purchases and installations completed before December 31, 2020.
Major Biomass Stove Tax Credit Changes in 2021 Legislation is about to pass Congress which creates a NEW tax credit for biomass heaters under Sec. 25(D) of the U.S. tax code. The Sec. 25(C) tax credit for biomass stoves is only available for qualifying products installed on or before December 31, 2020. After December 31, 2020, the new tax credit eliminates the old 25(C) tax credit. The Sec. 25(C) tax credit may still be claimed on your 2020 tax return for qualifying purchases and installations completed before December 31, 2020.
What is this new tax credit?
Effective Dates: The new tax credit under Sec. 25(D) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (“IRC” or “tax code”) will come into effect on January 1, 2021 for qualifying purchases and installations completed on or after that date, through December 31, 2023.
Credit Amount: Creates a new tax credit of 26 percent of the purchase and installation costs (with no cap or lifetime limit) under Sec. 25D of the U.S. tax code
Qualifying Products: Require qualifying products (any biomass-fueled heater) be at least 75 percent efficient per the higher heating value (HHV) of the fuel
The IRS will likely publish additional guidance on product eligibility in 2021
What happens to the 25(C) tax credit?
This legislation eliminates the tax credit for biomass stoves under IRC Sec. 25(C) starting in 2021 and enacts this provision in its place
Any product purchased in 2020 that qualifies for the new Sec. 25(D) credit, but isn’t installed until 2021, can be claimed under the Sec. 25(D) credit on a 2021 tax return. Products may be claimed on the tax return year in which the product installation is complete.
HPBA will continue to update our website with additional information and new materials as we learn more. Please contact Rachel Feinstein if you have any questions.
N.J. Administrative Code 13:32A – Also known as the New Jersey HVACR Licensing Law.
If you are a Hearth Products Professional and you haven’t heard of this newly enforced code – PLEASE PAY ATTENTION – Because it has the potential to not only restrict the installation of gas lines but could in the future restrict the installation of Hearth Appliances and the Vent Systems that serve those appliances. The only winners here are licensed plumbers and HVACR Contractors.