HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1505

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

Relating to Energy.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that power purchase agreements, entered into by electric utilities and approved by the public utilities commission, frequently prohibit power producers from selling energy to third parties, even if that energy is being curtailed and not purchased by the utility. The legislature further finds that it is not in the public interest for the public utilities commission to approve power purchase agreements that promote the waste of energy in this way. Rather than being wasted, curtailed energy could serve the people of Hawaii by being converted into clean fuels such as hydrogen, stored for later use, or otherwise used in a productive manner.

The purpose of this Act is to prohibit the public utilities commission from approving power purchase agreements that prohibit the sale of energy to third parties or require utility consent to sell energy to third parties.

SECTION 2. Section 269-16.22, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]269-16.22[]] Power purchase agreements; cost recovery for electric utilities[.]; sale of energy to third party. (a) All power purchase costs, including costs related to capacity, operations and maintenance, and other costs that are incurred by an electric utility company, arising out of power purchase agreements that have been approved by the public utilities commission and are binding obligations on the electric utility company, shall be allowed to be recovered by the utility from the customer base of the electric utility company through one or more adjustable surcharges, which shall be established by the public utilities commission. The costs shall be allowed to be recovered if incurred as a result of such agreements unless, after review by the public utilities commission, any such costs are determined by the commission to have been incurred in bad faith, out of waste, out of an abuse of discretion, or in violation of law. For purposes of this section, an "electric utility company" means a public utility as defined under section 269-1, for the production, conveyance, transmission, delivery, or furnishing of electric power.

(b) The public utilities commission shall not approve any power purchase agreement, nor approve any amendment, modification, or renewal of any power purchase agreement, if the power purchase agreement prohibits the sale of energy to third parties or requires utility consent to sell energy to third parties."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2015.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Public Utilities Commission; Power Purchase Agreements; Curtailed Energy

 

Description:

Prohibits the public utilities commission from approving power purchase agreements that prohibit the sale of energy to third parties or require utility consent to sell energy to third parties.

 

 

 

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