STAND. COM. REP. NO. 617-18
RE: H.B. No. 2724
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred H.B. No. 2724, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO STATE ENERGY AGENCIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to establish a primary state energy agency that will assist both the public and private sectors in achieving the State's energy goals by:
(1) Establishing the Office of Clean Energy within the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) for administrative purposes only;
(2) Transferring the duties and responsibilities of DBEDT's Energy Resources Coordinator to the Director of the Office of Clean Energy; and
(3) Transferring the functions of the State Energy Office to the Office of Clean Energy.
Blue Planet Foundation, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Sierra Club of Hawai‘i, ‘Ohana O Kaua‘i, Elemental Excelerator, and a few concerned individuals supported this measure. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and Life of the Land offered comments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor & Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2724, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor & Public Employment,
AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair