HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2013

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Rep. Chris Lee, Chair

Rep. Cynthia Thielen, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Denny Coffman

Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Richard Lee Fale

Rep. Faye P. Hanohano

 

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Rep. Jessica Wooley, Chair

Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Isaac W. Choy

Rep. Lauren Kealohilani Cheape

Rep. Takashi Ohno

Rep. Gene Ward

Rep. Gregg Takayama

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TIME:

8:30AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 857

Status

RELATING TO SUSTAINABILITY.

Reallocates the Environmental Response, Energy, and Food Security Tax to carry out the intended sustainability purposes of section 128D-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Act 73, Session Laws of Hawaii 2010. Repeals the sunset date in Act 73, and provides appropriations of the anticipated additional revenues. Removes the repeal date in Act 253, Session Laws of Hawaii 2007, as amended by Act 151, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, for the Energy Systems Development Special Fund and periodic evaluation and plan of action requirements of the Energy Systems Development Special Fund.

 

AGR/EEP, FIN

HB 1409

Status

RELATING TO BIOFUELS.

Allocates 1.5 cents of every 15 cents of the barrel tax deposited into the energy security special fund and 1.5 cents of every 15 cents of the barrel tax deposited into the agricultural development and food security special fund, as provided in section 243-3.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to the agribusiness development corporation as investment capital for zero waste biofuel production.

 

EEP/AGR, FIN

HB 1148, HD1

(HSCR124)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Requires the PUC to establish preferential rates for the purchase of energy that is used or consumed for agricultural activities and eligible agricultural activities of the Department of Agriculture. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB1148 HD1)

 

AGR, EEP, CPC

HB 448

Status

RELATING TO LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS.

Requires utilities importing natural gas to file annual liquefied natural gas reports with the PUC. Requires the PUC to open an investigative docket to examine the risks and benefits of liquefied natural gas.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1405

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Requires the public utilities commission to publish contracts, including price information, for the purchase of renewable energy by energy utilities on a publicly-accessible portion of the commission's website, with certain exceptions.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1142

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Requires an electric utility company and a producer of renewable energy who enter into a power purchase agreement to contract for a maximum number of hours per calendar year that produced renewable energy can be curtailed by the utility company.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 759

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Limits electric public utilities to delivering electricity. Prohibits acquisition of electricity by an electric public utility power purchase agreement with an affiliated entity. Requires electric public utilities to purchase lowest cost, nonfossil fuel generated electricity prior to purchasing fossil fuel generated electricity. Requires PUC to establish a statewide electricity rate for utilities held by the same holding company. Exempts utilities qualifying as a cooperation under section 501(c)(12) of the IRC. Prioritizes geothermal as a replacement for fossil fuel.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 453

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Exempts landlords and lessors who install renewable energy systems to their property from the definition of "public utility".

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1406

Status

RELATING TO SOLAR ENERGY.

Requires private entities to submit a copy of their duly adopted rules regarding the placement of solar energy devices on or before the due date of their next condominium association biennial registration. Provides that private entities that fail to submit a copy of their rules shall lose their tax exempt status.

 

NOTICE OF DECISION MAKING

 

 

The following measure(s) were previously heard on February 7, 2013 at 8:30AM. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 903

Status

RELATING TO WATER POLLUTION.

Establishes a separate Water Pollution Control account within existing Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and authorizes the Director of Health to adopt through rules fees to help fund operations of the Department of Health in managing pollution from nonpoint sources and individual wastewater systems.

 

EEP, HLT

HB 451

Status

RELATING TO FOSSIL FUELS.

Amends section 243-3.5, HRS, to levy the environmental response, energy, and food security tax on liquid or gaseous fossil fuels. Repeals 6/30/2015.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 378

Status

RELATING TO BEACH NOURISHMENT.

Appropriates funds for the environmental impact statement associated with the planned beach nourishment project at Kaanapali beach on the island of Maui; provided that no funds shall be expended unless matched dollar-for-dollar with private funds.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 900

Status

RELATING TO RECYCLING.

Establishes a tiered glass advanced disposal fee system based on the capacity of a glass container.

 

The following bill(s) is for decision-making purposes only to insert substantive provisions into the short form bill. A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date, at which time testimony will be accepted.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 445

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Short form bill relating to energy.

 

EEP

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Testimony should indicate:

     Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

     The Committee(s) to which the comments are directed;

     The date and time of the hearing; and

     Measure number.

 

While every effort will be made to incorporate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 3 copies (including an original) to Room 443 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For testimony less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 808-586-6481 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islander without a computer to submit testimony through the website); or

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Testimony submitted will be placed on the legislative website after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the website should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.

 

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-9450 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

 

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Rep. Jessica Wooley

Chair

 

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Rep. Chris Lee

Chair