THE SENATE

S.R. NO.

54

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


SENATE RESOLUTION

 

URGING THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES TO ADDRESS ENERGY NEEDS ON THE ISLAND OF KAHO`OLAWE.

 

WHEREAS, Hawaii remains extremely dependent on fossil fuels, with oil supplying ninety per cent of our State's energy needs; and

WHEREAS, the State Planning Act, Chapter 226, Hawaii Revised Statutes, specifies "dependable, efficient, and economical statewide energy... systems capable of supporting the needs of the people," and "increased energy self-sufficiency," as the State's objectives with regard to energy; and

WHEREAS, section 226-18, Hawaii Revised Statutes, states that it shall be the policy of the State to "support research and development as well as promote the use of renewable energy resources"; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Energy Strategy program of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) was established on March 2, 1992, under a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Energy; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Energy Strategy program subsequently updated its report and renamed it Hawaii Energy Strategy 2000, which includes the development and analyses of possible preferred future energy scenarios for the State; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Energy Strategy 2000 specifies as part of its objectives, increasing the diversification of fuels and the sources of supply of these fuels, and increasing the use of indigenous renewable energy resources; and

WHEREAS, in November 1990, after President Bush discontinued use of Kaho`olawe as a weapons range, the U.S. Congress established the Kaho`olawe Island Conveyance Commission to identify the terms and conditions for the return of Kaho`olawe to the State of Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, Act 340 of the 1993 Session Laws of Hawaii established Chapter 6K of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and created the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve and the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission to oversee the island and provide that its surrounding waters be used solely for native Hawaiian cultural, spiritual, and subsistence purposes, preservation of archaeological and environmental resources, habitat restoration, and education; and

WHEREAS, in 1993, Congress passed Title X of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (Public Law 103-139, U.S.C. 107 Stat. 1418) requiring the State and Department of the Navy to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that established the standard of clearance and restoration for the island and authorized $400 million and ten years for this purpose; and

WHEREAS, on November 11, 2003, the U.S. Navy will return control of the island to the State as both a symbolic and tangible gesture with regard to perpetuating and strengthening the movements of native Hawaiian identity and cultural preservation; and

WHEREAS, the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission, through extensive public consultation, has developed several planning documents that provide for the safe use of select portions of the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve and the establishment of culture and education centers, operations facilities, overnight campsites, restoration areas, and cultural and wildlife preserves on the island; and

WHEREAS, Kaho`olawe is geographically and logistically isolated from the other Hawaiian islands and concerns have emerged regarding appropriate power sources and adequate fuel supplies to successfully maintain planned facilities and operations; and

WHEREAS, in keeping with the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commissionís statutory mandate and vision to restore, preserve, and maintain a pristine natural environment on the island, the use of alternative energy resources for the islandís power needs should be considered; and

WHEREAS, the State is in the unique position of establishing Kaho`olawe as a model project for alternate energy research and application which can be utilized to plan for the future power needs of not only Kaho`olawe, but the entire State as well; and

WHEREAS, currently, the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), and the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA), are leaders in the field of alternate energy research; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-First Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, that the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission convene a task force which includes members from HNEI, PICHTR, NELHA, the Protect Kaho`olawe Ohana (PKO), and DBEDT; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission's task force request that DBEDT, in collaboration with HNEI, PICHTR, NELHA, and PKO, develop a plan that includes a cost analysis, an assessment, and an implementation strategy for the utilization of alternate energy resources to address the current and future energy needs of the island of Kaho`olawe; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Legislature not later than twenty days prior to the convening of the 2003 regular session; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission, HNEI, PICHTR, NELHA, PKO, and DBEDT.

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Alternate Energy Research on Kaho`olawe