STAND. COM. REP. NO.2135
RE: S.B. No. 2491
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Agriculture and Water, Land, Energy and Environment, to which was referred S.B. No. 2491 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO IRRIGATION WATER SYSTEMS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to establish and appropriate money for the Irrigation Water Hydroelectric Power Demonstration Project to be administered by the Agribusiness Development Corporation.
Your Committees received testimony in favor of this measure from the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, and Hawaii Agriculture Research Center.
Your Committees find that, if constructed and managed properly, a hydroelectric power plant can lower electricity costs and provide additional income to the State. Hydroelectric plants produce clean energy and will help reduce the State's dependency on fossil fuel.
Your Committees are aware that an environmental impact statement may be required for this project and, to achieve optimum recommendation, this project may best be extended to a multi-year project.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Agriculture and Water, Land, Energy and Environment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2491 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Agriculture and Water, Land, Energy and Environment,
LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair
JAN YAGI BUEN, Chair