EMA Comments on Zero Emissions Home Act of 2021

Yesterday, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) and its heating fuel state associations sent a letter to Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) regarding the Zero-Emissions Homes Act of 2021, a bill he recently introduced to incentivize the purchase of new energy efficient heating appliances through federal rebates and tax credits.

Unfortunately, the tax credits are limited to purchasers of new heating appliances powered by electricity while not recognizing clean renewable biodiesel used for heating which can achieve far greater reductions in greenhouse gas emissions than any alternatively powered heating appliance on the market today, including heat pumps.

Many states and liquid energy marketers are steadily increasing the biodiesel content in heating oil for use in residential and commercial heating equipment. Currently, heating fuel marketers in the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Midwest and the Southeast are blending biodiesel into heating oil at percentages ranging from 5 to 100 percent. Pure biodiesel reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent when used in existing heating oil appliances.

EMA encouraged the Senator to expand the tax credits for liquid fuel heating appliances that are Energy Star rated and certified by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to operate with biodiesel.

Click here to read the full letter.

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