Rep. Poliquin Moves to Lower Energy Costs for Maine Families and Job Creators, Expand Biomass Markets
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that will lower energy costs and create new markets for biomass, a critical component of the forest products industry in Maine.
The Biomass Thermal Utilization Act (H.R. 3161), or BTU Act, will make it easier for Maine families and job creators to use more affordable heating and renewable biomass energy, while supporting Maine jobs in our State’s critical forest products industry. The bill provides tax credits for installation costs for biomass fuel heating, a renewable energy. Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:
“Our families and job creators across Maine use much of their hard-earned money paying for heating and cooling throughout the year,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Biomass provides clean, renewable energy and helps our loggers turn a waste product into a revenue stream. I’m proud to work across the aisle in incentivizing our Maine families and job creators to use more affordable and renewable biomass energy produced right here in Maine from the thousands of jobs in our robust forest products industry.”
Dana Doran, Executive Director of the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine, said, “A strong wood energy market is critical for managing the health of Maine forests and preserving jobs for our state’s hard-working loggers and rural communities. We are grateful to Rep. Poliquin for his support for our industry and we endorse this bill 100 percent. It is time for wood based energy to take its rightful place alongside other renewable energy sources and this bill is a great move in that direction.”
David Bancroft, Deputy Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council, said, “Representative Poliquin’s support for the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act (BTU Act) will benefit all of the citizens of Maine, and the United States. The passage of the BTU ACT will bolster the utilization of wood residuals for clean, efficient heating, cooling, and combined heat and power to meet the energy needs of our businesses and homes. In addition, as a low carbon, renewable, solid fuel, wood strengthens local economies by creating good paying jobs in rural areas, and increases energy security by being able to be stored on site,”
Senators Susan Collins and Angus King introduced companion legislation in the Senate earlier this year.