STAND. COM. REP. NO.3398
RE: S.C.R. No. 98
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Housing, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 98, S.D. 1, entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TO OPEN A NEW DOCKET CONCERNING STANDBY CHARGES APPLICABLE TO NON-UTILITY DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES AND CUSTOMER RETENTION DISCOUNTS OFFERED BY PUBLIC UTILITIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request the opening of a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) docket on standby charges imposed on distributed energy resources by public utilities and customer retention discounts offered by the utilities.
Hess Microgen LLC and two individuals testified in support of this measure. The PUC opposed the measure. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Kauai Electric, and The Gas Company submitted comments.
Your Committee finds that opening a single docket to address issues raised by standby rates and customer retention discounts utilized by public utilities may not be appropriate or practical given the uniqueness of each utility and utility contract. However, there may be generic policy issues that are appropriate for examination by the PUC.
Your Committee has amended this measure to request that the PUC consider the feasibility and appropriateness of opening a docket on standby charges and customer retention discount issues, rather than open such a docket at this time. In addition, the title of this measure has been amended to reflect its amended purpose.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 98, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 98, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Housing,
RON MENOR, Chair