[§196-10]  Hawaii renewable hydrogen program.  There is established, within the department of business, economic development, and tourism, a Hawaii renewable hydrogen program to manage the State's transition to a renewable hydrogen economy.  The program shall design, implement, and administer activities that include:

     (1)  Strategic partnerships for the research, development, testing, and deployment of renewable hydrogen technologies;

     (2)  Engineering and economic evaluations of Hawaii's potential for renewable hydrogen use and near-term project opportunities for the State's renewable energy resources;

     (3)  Electric grid reliability and security projects that will enable the integration of a substantial increase of electricity from renewable energy resources on the island of Hawaii;

     (4)  Hydrogen demonstration projects, including infrastructure for the production, storage, and refueling of hydrogen vehicles;

     (5)  A statewide hydrogen economy public education and outreach plan focusing on the island of Hawaii, to be developed in coordination with Hawaii's public education institutions;

     (6)  Promotion of Hawaii's renewable hydrogen resources to potential partners and investors;

     (7)  A plan, for implementation during the years 2007 to 2010, to more fully deploy hydrogen technologies and infrastructure capable of supporting the island of Hawaii's energy needs, including:

          (A)  Expanded installation of hydrogen production facilities;

          (B)  Development of integrated energy systems, including hydrogen vehicles;

          (C)  Construction of additional hydrogen refueling stations; and

          (D)  Promotion of building design and construction that fully incorporates clean energy assets, including reliance on hydrogen-fueled energy generation;

     (8)  A plan, for implementation during the years 2010 to 2020, to transition the island of Hawaii to a hydrogen-fueled economy and to extend the application of the plan throughout the State; and

     (9)  Evaluation of policy recommendations to:

          (A)  Encourage the adoption of hydrogen-fueled vehicles;

          (B)  Continually fund the hydrogen investment capital special fund; and

          (C)  Support investment in hydrogen infrastructure, including production, storage, and dispensing facilities. [L 2006, c 240, §6]


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  Hydrogen investment capital special fund, see §211F-5.7.