STAND. COM. REP. NO. 455

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 1585

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 1585, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Create a program within the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism that offers rebates for the installation of new electric vehicle charging systems or the upgrade of existing electric vehicle charging systems;

 

(2) Create the Electric Vehicle Charging System Rebate Program Special Fund to be funded in part by the Energy Security Special Fund;

 

(3) Amend the uses for which funds from the Energy Security Special Fund may be used; and

 

(4) Make an unspecified appropriation out of the Electric Vehicle Charging System Rebate Program Special Fund.

 

The Hawaiian Electric Company, Maui Electric Company, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Blue Planet Foundation, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, and several individuals supported this measure. The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Department of Budget and Finance, Building Industry Association of Hawaii, Tesla, and Ulupono Initiative provided comments.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1585, 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 Consumer Protection & Commerce,

 

 

 

 

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ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair