Report Title:

Renewable Portfolio Standards; Green Power Acquisitions

Description:

Establishes green marketing programs for electricity generated from wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower facilities.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2093

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to renewable portfolio standards.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. It is the intent of the legislature to recognize the economic, environmental, fuel diversity, and energy security benefits of renewable energy resources and to encourage the establishment of a market for renewable energy in Hawaii using the State’s renewable energy resources and to encourage the further development of those resources. The legislature finds that Hawaii significantly lags the nation in the development of new renewable energy resources for electricity generation, and there is more that the State can do to support the existing renewable portfolio standard law, chapter 269, part V, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), and Act 272, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001, and thereby further the development and implementation of renewable energy in Hawaii.

Accordingly, the legislature finds that the State should establish green marketing programs to facilitate acquisition of renewable resources and thereby derive the following benefits:

(1) Reduction of our use of imported fossil energy;

(2) Stimulation of our economy;

(3) Protection of our environment;

(4) Increasing the reliability of our electric utility grids; and

(5) Increasing our energy security.

The purpose of this Act is to encourage greater use of renewable energy by:

(1) Establishing green marketing programs within the department of business, economic development and tourism (DBEDT) with support from the consumer advocate (CA) for the purchase of green power in support of the renewable portfolio standards; and

(2) Enabling qualified green power producers to develop and implement green marketing programs in partnership with DBEDT and the CA.

SECTION 2. Chapter 201, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"§201- Green power marketing programs. (a) The department shall develop and administer state green power marketing programs that shall include:

(1) Marketing of green power for specific green power producers. This includes any interested green power producer with existing green power facilities in Hawaii and for all future green power facilities; and

(2) A voluntary payment plan that allows any ratepayer to select and pay for electricity from any green power as offered by the electric utility. The voluntary green power payments shall be a minimum of 1 cent/kWh and shall be purchased in increments of 100 kWh per month.

(b) The department shall:

(1) Work closely with the affected green power producers, the consumer advocate, the Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance, the Life of the Land, the Sierra Club, and all other interested parties to develop and implement green power marketing programs; and

(2) Prepare and administer a green power marketing plan under which the department shall periodically, but not less than every calendar quarter, inform the public of the voluntary provisions of this section and section 269-    and promulgate a list of green power producers and otherwise encourage the use of green power.

(c) For purposes of this section:

"Electric utility company" means a public utility as defined under section 269-1 for the production, conveyance, transmission, delivery, or furnishing of power.

"Green marketing program" means a program administered by the department to acquire green power from green power producers.

"Green power" means electrical energy produced by wind, solar energy, hydropower, landfill gas, waste to energy, geothermal resources, ocean thermal energy conversion, wave energy, biomass including municipal solid waste, biofuels or fuels derived entirely from organic sources, hydrogen fuels derived entirely from renewable energy, or fuel cells where the fuel is derived entirely from renewable sources.

"Green power producer" means a qualified facility under the State’s mini-public utility regulatory policy Act (PURPA) law, chapter 269, or the federal PURPA law of 1978, title 18 Code of Federal Regulations Part 292, that generates green power for sale to the electric utility companies."

SECTION 3. Chapter 269, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"§269- State green power marketing programs. (a) The commission shall support the state green power marketing programs established by the department of business, economic development and tourism under chapter 201, including:

(1) Advising the department on the marketing of green power;

(2) Offering green power products to its customers;

(3) Collecting voluntary payments from ratepayers and transferring the collected payments to the green power producers; and

(4) Preparing and promulgating, on a quarterly basis, a list of green power producers and to otherwise encourage the use of green power.

The commission shall not require any green power producer to convey green power payments to an electric utility under any contract. No voluntary payments for green power made by any ratepayer shall be claimed by any electric utility as an environmental credit.

(b) For purposes of this section:

"Electric utility company" means a public utility as defined under section 269-1 for the production, conveyance, transmission, delivery, or furnishing of power.

"Green power producer" means a qualified facility under the State’s mini-public utility regulatory policy Act (PURPA) law, chapter 269, or the Federal PURPA law of 1978, title 18 Code of Federal Regulations Part 292, that generates green power for sale to the electric utility companies."

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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