STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1384

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 1323

S.D. 1

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 Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 1323, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to require the Public Utilities Commission and Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to adopt state appliance efficiency standards consistent with certain existing California appliance efficiency standards.

 

The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, Sierra Club of Hawaii, Hawaii Energy, Young Democrats of Hawaii, Blue Planet Foundation, Elemental Excelerator, Ulupono Initiative, Organizing for Action, and an individual supported this measure. ABC Stores and Retail Merchants of Hawaii opposed this measure. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Public Utilities Commission, Plumbing Manufacturers International, and Consumer Technology Association provided comments.

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Establishing statewide minimum appliance efficiency standards for certain products sold or installed in the State, rather than requiring the Public Utilities Commission and Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to adopt such standards;

 

(2) Inserting the definitions of compensation, computer, computer monitor, director, faucet, high color rendering index (CRI) fluorescent lamp, showerhead, and spray sprinkler body;

 

(3) Clarifying that the Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism is authorized to adopt rules to enforce the minimum efficiency standards for certain products;

 

(4) Establishing the minimum efficiency standards for computers and computer monitors, faucets, high CRI fluorescent lamps, showerheads, and spray sprinkler bodies;

 

(5) Requiring manufacturers to test, certify, and label products that meet the appliance efficiency standards and authorize the use of programs of other states and federal agencies with similar standards for compliance;

 

(6) Inserting provisions which protect against the repeal of federal standards; and

 

(7) Including under the duties and responsibilities of the Public Benefits Fee Administrator, the authority to educate and train appliance manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of the appliance efficiency standards established under this measure.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1323, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1323, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection,

 

 

 

 

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NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair