STAND. COM. REP. NO.  780-10


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2010


RE:   S.B. No. 2563

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2010

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 2563, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to help achieve energy independence by setting a goal of using alternative fuels to meet  30 percent of highway fuel demand by 2030.


     The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) supported this bill with amendments.


     Your Committee acknowledges DBEDT's reservations that limited resources and other program demands inhibit its ability to administer the program requiring solar water heater systems for new single-family residences.  Your Committee finds, however, that transferring the variance application process to the counties as DBEDT requested will substantially diminish the effectiveness of the statewide strategy to promote renewable energy, particularly with respect to residential solar water heater systems, which are a major component in that strategy.


     Accordingly, your Committee has amended this bill by requiring the Director of DBEDT to impose and collect fees, to be deposited into the energy security special fund, to cover the cost of administering the residential solar water heater system program.


     Technical, nonsubstantive amendments have also been made for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2563, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2563, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection,