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:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

TIME:

8:30 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 1087

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Raises the amount of the tax deposited into the Environmental Response Revolving Fund from five cents per barrel to fifteen cents per barrel to support environmental activities and programs. Establishes a task force regarding field-constructed underground storage tanks in Hawaii.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1471

Status

RELATING TO THE FUNDING OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.

Applies the state environmental response tax to fossil fuel other than petroleum product and bases the tax on one million British thermal units (MBTU). Defines "fossil fuel" to exclude petroleum product. Authorizes DOH to establish and collect fees for permits issued and services rendered for its environmental health programs in the areas of hazardous evaluation and emergency response, environmental management division, clean water branch, safe drinking water branch, and sold and hazardous waste branch.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1470

Status

RELATING TO DISPOSITION OF TAX REVENUES.

Establishes maximum dollar amounts that shall be distributed among certain non-general funds from the environmental response, energy, and food security tax. Retains provision that the general fund receive the remainder after distribution.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 816

Status

RELATING TO AIR QUALITY MEASUREMENT.

Establishes requirements for air quality samples that are taken in emissions investigations within urban districts.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 872

Status

RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES.

Provides that naturally occurring beach sand shall not be considered a water pollutant if used for beach erosion mitigation and certain related purposes.

 

EEP, OMH/WAL

HB 101

Status

RELATING TO RECYCLING.

Requires state and county agencies to provide and maintain onsite methods for the collection of deposit beverage containers provided that the agency also provides and maintains solid waste disposal.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1088

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Establishes a working group to develop a short-term, five-year plan for net-zero-energy consumption for all public infrastructure owned by the State. Requires DBEDT to perform a benchmarking study on the energy use of all state facilities.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1472

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Replaces the current renewable energy technology systems tax credit with tax credits for solar energy property and wind energy property. Requires the Department of Taxation and Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to report tax credits claimed under the renewable energy technology tax credit and make recommendations to the legislature.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 801

Status

AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS FOR SUNSTRONG LLC, A RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPER SERVING THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN PROVIDING ELECTRIC ENERGY.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to SunStrong LLC, a renewable energy developer, for the provision of electric energy and installation of renewable energy projects in Hawaii.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1243

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Amends session law to repeal the sunset provision relating to the tax on naphtha fuel sold for use in a power generating facility, thereby making the amendments made by Act 103, Session Laws of Hawaii 2007, permanent.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1135

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Establishes a nonrefundable income tax credit for taxpayers who participate in net energy metering and have unused credits for excess electricity that lapse before the credits can be applied to the taxpayer's utility bill.

 

EEP, CPC, 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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Rep. Chris Lee

Chair