THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

199

TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2011

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the achievement of energy security, economic development, and a reduction in carbon emissions are in the interest of the citizens of Hawaii. Net energy metering advances each of these goals, and does so in a manner that marshals substantial federal moneys and private capital.

The legislature finds that net energy metering should persist even if the public utilities commission establishes alternative compensation systems for distributed power generators, such as feed-in tariffs, because net energy metering serves a different need in the renewable energy marketplace.

The legislature further finds that net energy metering should be perpetuated regardless of the introduction and uptake level of alternative distributed generation procurement programs. Additionally, customer-generators with net energy metering contracts should be allowed to maintain those existing contracts.

The purpose of this Act is to ensure that existing net metering contracts may be maintained even with the introduction of new distributed generation energy procurement programs.

SECTION 2. Section 269-110, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"269-110 Termination by eligible customer-generators. If an eligible customer-generator terminates the customer relationship with the electric utility, the electric utility shall reconcile the eligible customer‑generator's consumption and production of electricity, including any unused credits for excess electricity from the eligible customer‑generator carried over from prior months, for the period following the last twelve-month reconciliation period to the date of termination of the relationship, according to the requirements set forth in this part.

If the public utilities commission at any time establishes alternative mechanisms for crediting or otherwise compensating eligible customer-generators for exported power, eligible customer-generators with existing net energy metering contracts shall have the option of maintaining those existing net energy metering contracts rather than converting to new alternative credits or compensation mechanisms."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 



 

Report Title:

Net Energy Metering; Renewable Energy; Public Utilities Commission

 

Description:

Ensures that existing net metering contracts may be maintained even with the introduction of new distributed generation energy procurement programs. (SD2)

 

 

 

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