STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1318

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015

 

RE:   H.C.R. No. 169

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 169 entitled:

 

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT OF FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF LOCAL OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF ELECTRIC UTILITIES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to express the Legislature's support of efforts to facilitate local ownership and control of electric utilities and local generation of energy.

 

     The Hawaii Farm Bureau; Hoomana Pono, LLC; Indigenous Consultants, LLC; a member of the Hawaii County Council; and numerous concerned individuals supported the measure.  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1260 and Life of the Land submitted comments.

 

     Your Committee has amended the measure by:

 

     (1)  Also expressing its encouragement of robust discussions that include the exploration of alternative ownership models for electric utilities and whether these would provide a positive outcome for Hawaii's consumers;

 

     (2)  Changing its title to "EXPRESSING SUPPORT OF FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF LOCAL OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND encouragement of robust discussions that include the exploration of alternative ownership models for electric utilities."; and

 

     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments 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 concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 169, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 169, H.D. 1.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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CHRIS LEE, Chair