STAND. COM. REP. NO.520-02
RE: H.B. No. 2837
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 2837, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ENERGY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to examine the State's energy situation in relation to the State's energy objectives by:
(1) Directing the Auditor to contract with an independent consultant to conduct a comprehensive statewide energy audit;
(2) Requiring the full cooperation of all departments, agencies, and offices of the State and any private companies or agencies receiving state funds with respect to the audit;
(3) Requiring the independent consultant to submit a progress report and a final report to the Governor and the Legislature; and
(4) Appropriating an unspecified amount of funds from the Public Utilities Commission Special Fund to conduct the audit.
The County of Hawaii, County of Kauai, County of Maui, Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance, Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, Na Leo Pohai, Life of the Land, and a concerned citizen testified in support of this measure. The Public Utilities Commission, Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, and Kauai Electric supported the intent of this measure. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company, Limited submitted comments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2837, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair