WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins introduced a bipartisan bill to help more Maine families afford residential home heating technologies that can save them thousands a year.
“With heating costs on the rise, and global temperature norms changing due to climate change, it is vital that we make home heating options like pellet stoves more affordable for Maine families,” Senator King said. “The BTU Tax Credit Expansion Act will add financial benefits for families trying to find less expensive alternatives to traditional home heating systems – helping them to enjoy significant long-term savings. This tax credit is a win-win for Maine families that will cut utility costs, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and prevent tough choices like paying for heating, or putting food on the table.”
“Wood biomass is a cost-effective, renewable, and environmentally friendly source of energy that helps individuals heat their homes in the winter months, supports our forest products industry, and creates jobs here in Maine,” said Senator Collins. “By increasing the credits available for biomass stoves and boilers to more closely align with incentives provided for other energy systems, this legislation would encourage the use of this proven and highly efficient heating technology.”
The bill was also cosponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The initial clean energy rebates were included in the Inflation Reduction Act which passed the Senate in August 2022.
Senator King has consistently worked to ensure Maine people have low, reliable energy and heating costs. He recently joined his New England colleagues on a letter to Energy Secretary Granholm urging the Biden Administration to develop an energy and heating plan that will prevent blackouts or price hikes this winter. In a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last year, he spoke out against increasing exports of LNG when more natural gas is desperately needed in Maine and across New England.