HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2015

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Rep. Chris Lee, Chair

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen

Rep. Calvin K.Y. Say

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Kaniela Ing

Rep. Feki Pouha

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

TIME:

8:30 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 139

Status

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST ANAERGIA INC.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Anaergia Inc. with the development of facilities for renewable non-fossil fuel production on Maui.†

 

EEP, FIN

HB 623

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE STANDARDS.

Defines "large self-generator".† Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 per cent by 12/31/2035 and 100 per cent by 12/31/2040, unless the acquisition of renewable energy is not beneficial to Hawaii's economy.† Establishes renewable standards for large self-generators.† Subjects large self-generators to applicable renewable standards.† Clarifies and establishes events or circumstances that are outside of an electric company's or large self-generator's reasonable control.† Establishes large self-generator reporting requirements to the public utilities commission.† Requires the public utilities commission to report on cost-effectiveness of renewable portfolio standards to address the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 484

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs to take effect by 1/1/16.† Defines community-based renewable energy tariffs.† Provides that projects up to one megawatt are subject to PUC-approved interconnection processes and projects greater than one megawatt are subject to PUC review and approval.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 927

Status

RELATING TO ON-BILL PROGRAMS.

Exempts electric utilities acting as billing and collections agents for an on-bill program from various State taxes and State laws regulating financial institutions, escrow depositories, or collection agencies.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 618

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Establishes a renewable fuels production tax credit and repeals the ethanol facility tax credit.† Allows qualifying taxpayers to claim a refundable income tax credit equal to 20 cents per seventy six thousand British thermal units of renewable fuel, capped at $3,000,000 per year for up to five years.† Caps the credit at $12,000,000 per year in aggregate.† Requires the department of business, economic development, and tourism to certify all tax credits and submit a report regarding the production and sale of renewable fuels to the governor and legislature each year.† Directs the department of taxation to create forms for the tax credit.† Applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 265

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE.

Establishes an income tax credit for each grid-connected energy storage property that is installed and placed in service in the State during the taxable year beginning after 12/31/2015; provided that this tax credit shall not be available for taxable years beginning after 12/31/2026.† Allows the tax credit to be claimed as either an investment credit or utilization credit.† Appropriates funds to administer the tax credit.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 212

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Establishes a nonrefundable income tax credit for taxpayers who purchase and install battery backup systems for solar energy systems.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 657

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Establishes a nonrefundable income tax credit for taxpayers who purchase residential backup generators.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 887

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires DAGS to upgrade state fleet vehicles to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.† Appropriates moneys.

 

EEP, TRN, FIN

HB 392

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

Includes fuel cell electric vehicles as vehicles exempt from paying parking fees at State or municipal parking facilities for a specified period of time and from high occupancy vehicle lane restrictions.

 

EEP, TRN, FIN

HB 479

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Appropriates funds for equipment, training, and ongoing operations necessary to establish hydrogen purity testing capability in Hawaii to verify that the hydrogen purity meets SAE Internationalís J2719 standard for fuel cell vehicles.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 759

Status

RELATING TO COOLING SYSTEMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES.

Requires DOE and DAGS, in consultation with the State Energy Office, to develop a cooling master strategy and comprehensive retrofitting study for public schools and to report findings to the Legislature.† Authorizes general obligation bonds and appropriates funds for efficient classroom-cooling demonstration projects.

 

EEP, EDN, FIN

 

 

 

 

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.†

 

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Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER:† 3 copies (including an original) to Room 425 in the State Capitol;

FAX:†††††† For testimony less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 808-586-8404 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islander without a computer to submit testimony through e-mail or the Web); or

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Testimony submitted will be placed on the legislative website.† 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 586-9450or 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. Chris Lee

Chair