HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2017

 

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. Linda Ichiyama

Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Rep. Sam Satoru Kong

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

TIME:

9:30am

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

HEARING

HB 848

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY MODERNIZATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SYSTEM.

Exempt microgrids that promote and serve public higher education institutions from regulation as a public utility by the Public Utilities Commission. Adds a definition for "microgrid".

 

EEP, HED, FIN

HB 792

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRICITY GENERATION.

Makes the use of customer self-supply facilities economically viable by requiring the Public Utilities Commission to develop standards and requirements to expedite the interconnection of qualifying customer self-supply facilities and allowing qualifying customers to select an applicable rate schedule.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1593

Status

RELATING TO GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.

Establishes the clean energy savings jump start program and fund. Establishes the energy storage system rebate program. Amends the green infrastructure loan program by deleting the public utilities commission's loan approval authority.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 957

Status

RELATING TO HEAT ABATEMENT.

Authorizes the DOE and B&F to borrow moneys from the Hawaii green infrastructure loan program for heat abatement measures at public schools. Appropriates general funds to make an initial repayment to the Hawaii green infrastructure special fund.

 

EEP, EDN, FIN

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING

The following measure(s) were previously heard on 2/2/17 at 8:30am. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 871

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Prohibits electric utilities from installing power connections or transferring accounts or services without owner or occupant consent.

 

EEP, JUD

HB 1574

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY RATES.

Requires the public utilities commission to establish a tiered rate structure for customers of electric utilities. Requires the commission to establish discounted rates for low-income customers of electric utilities. Directs the public benefits fee to be appropriately tiered. Allows the fee to be used to benefit energy efficiency advancement for low- and middle-income ratepayers and for emergency energy workforce retraining and transition programs.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1567

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Authorizes the PUC to establish preferential electricity rates for communities that serve as geographic hosts for renewable energy projects.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1219

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Authorizes the PUC, during its ratemaking procedures, to set a utility's fair return at not more than 5%.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1283

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires the PUC to establish performance incentive mechanisms that directly tie electric utility revenues to the utility's achievement on performance metrics. Allows the PUC to delay implementation until no later than January 1, 2020.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1569

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY PLANNING.

Requires the Public Utilities Commission, when considering certain types of grid modernization plans, to direct an independent third party to establish an initial grid modernization plan. Requires the Commission to allow public comments subject to further plan modification by the Commission.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 805

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Establishes an intervenor compensation program to provide compensation to intervenors who make a substantial contribution to a Public Utilities Commission proceeding that produces a positive result or savings for consumers. Appropriates funds.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1580

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Establishes a goal to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of fossil fuels for ground transportation by 2045. Creates a working group to create metrics, identify a plan, and develop recommendations to achieve 100% renewable ground transportation statewide by 2045.

 

EEP, TRN, FIN

HB 217

Status

RELATING TO BIOMASS ENERGY.

Specifies conditions under which electric utilities shall purchase power from biomass facilities.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1546

Status

RELATING TO TIRE DISPOSAL.

Requires motor vehicle tire retailers to collect a refundable tire disposal deposit for each tire sold.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

HB 260

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Short form bill relating to the environment.

 

EEP

HB 261

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 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

WEB: For testimony less than 10MB in size, transmit from http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx.

 

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 586-9450 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. Chris Lee

Chair