Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019


RE: H.B. No. 550

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 550, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to:


(1) Require the public utilities commission to study the feasibility of implementing renewable portfolio standards to encourage the use of renewable energy by gas utility companies;


(2) Amend the renewable portfolio standard interim goals for 2030 and 2040 to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy; and


(3) Appropriate funds for the required study.


The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, a Councilmember of the Maui County Council, Hawaii Solar Energy Association, Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Workers, Local 996, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Elemental Excelerator, Organizing for Action, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, Blue Planet Foundation, Ulupono Initiative, Healthy Climate Communities, and several individuals testified in support on this measure. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. and its subsidiary utilities Maui Electric Company, Ltd. and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Hawaii Gas, Kauai Chamber of Commerce,, The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and many individuals testified in opposition. The Public Utilities Commission, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, We Are One, Inc., Life of the Land, and a few individuals provided comments.


Your Committee notes that concerns were raised in testimony regarding the calculation of the renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Specifically, under the current calculation of RPS, only sales of electrical energy are used to determine RPS. However, this current calculation does not account for all renewable electrical energy that is generated, which underinflates the RPS calculation. If the total renewable electrical energy is taken into account in the calculation of RPS, the RPS calculation would increase by 10 percent. As such, future consideration of these concerns by the Public Utilities Commission and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute may be prudent to evaluate the impacts of an amended RPS calculation that accounts for total renewable electrical energy generated, including the potential fiscal impacts to consumers.


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. 550, 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,