HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 196, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"Part . Hawaii state energy office
§196- Establishment of the Hawaii state energy office. There is established the Hawaii state energy office, which shall be a public body politic and an instrumentality and agency of the State. The purpose of the Hawaii state energy office is to position Hawaii as a proving ground for clean energy technologies and accelerate Hawaii's transformation to a clean energy economy.
§196- Establishment of the deputy director of energy. (a) There is established the deputy director of energy.
(b) The deputy director shall have experience, knowledge, and expertise in clean energy related activities and development.
(c) The deputy director shall hire staff necessary to carry out the purposes of this part. The deputy director and employees of the Hawaii state energy office shall be exempt from chapter 76, and shall not be considered civil service employees but shall be entitled to any employee benefit plan normally inuring to civil service employees.
(d) The power and duties of the deputy director shall be as specified in section 196-4."
SECTION 2. Section 196-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By adding two new definitions to be appropriately inserted and to read:
""Deputy director" means the deputy director of energy.
"Distributed energy resources" means a resource sited close to customers that:
(1) Can provide all or some of the customers' immediate electric and power needs;
(2) Can be used by the system to reduce demand or provide supply to satisfy the energy, capacity, or ancillary service needs of the distribution grid; and
(3) Is connected to the distribution system and close to load, if the resource provides electricity or thermal energy.
"Distributed energy resources" includes but is not limited to solar photovoltaic and thermal, wind, combined heat and power, electrical and thermal energy storage, demand response, electric vehicles, electric vehicle service equipment, microgrids, energy efficiency, and advanced inverters."
2. By amending the definition of "energy resources" to read:
resources" means fuel, and also includes all electrical or thermal energy
produced by combustion of any fuel, or generated [
or stored using wind, the sun, geothermal heat, ocean water, falling water,
currents, waves, or any other source."
SECTION 3. Section 196-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§196-3 Energy resources coordinator.
director of business, economic development, and tourism] deputy
director of energy shall serve as energy resources coordinator."
SECTION 4. Section 196-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§196-4 Powers and duties. Subject to the approval of the governor, the coordinator shall:
(1) Formulate plans, including objectives,
criteria to measure accomplishment of objectives, programs through which the
objectives are to be attained, and financial requirements for the optimum
development of Hawaii's energy resources; (2) Conduct systematic analysis of existing
and proposed energy resource programs, evaluate the analysis conducted by
government agencies and other organizations and recommend programs that
represent the most effective allocation of resources for the development of
energy resources; (3)] (1) Formulate, analyze, and
recommend specific [ proposals, as necessary, for conserving energy
resources, including the allocation and distribution thereof;] policies,
plans, and evaluation metrics in coordination with public and private sector
stakeholders, for cost-effectively and equitably achieving the State's energy
(4)] (2) [ Assist public and private
agencies in implementing energy conservation and efficiency programs,
the development of indigenous energy resources, and related measures;] Provide
technical assistance to state and county agencies to assess and implement
projects and programs related to energy conservation and efficiency, renewable
energy, electric and renewable fuel transportation, and related measures;
(5)] (3) Coordinate the State's energy
programs with those of the federal government, other state governments,
governments of nations with interest in common energy resources[ ,] and
distributed energy resources, and the political subdivisions of the State;
(6)] (4) [ Develop] Identify
opportunities, perform statewide education and outreach, collaborate with
stakeholders, and develop programs and tools to encourage private
and public exploration, research, and development of [ indigenous] energy
resources and distributed energy resources that will [ benefit the
State;] support the State's energy goals, including public-private
(7) Conduct public education programs to
inform the public of the energy resources situation, as it may exist, from time
to time and of the government actions taken; (8) Serve as consultant to the governor,
public agencies, and private industry on energy-related matters; (9)] (5) Contract for services when
required for the implementation of this chapter;
(10)] (6) Review proposed state actions
that the coordinator finds to have significant effect on the State's energy
objectives and report to the governor their effect on the energy program, and
perform other services as may be required by the governor and the legislature;
(11)] (7) Prepare and submit an annual
report and other reports as may be requested to the governor and to the
legislature on the implementation of this chapter [ and all matters related
to energy resources; (12) Formulate a systematic process,
including the development of requirements, to identify geographic areas that
are rich with renewable energy resource potential that can be developed in a
cost-effective and environmentally benign manner and designate these areas as
renewable energy zones];
(13)] (8) Develop [ and],
recommend, and oversee incentives[ , plans,] and programs [ to]
that encourage the development of renewable energy [ resource projects
within the renewable energy zones;] and electric and renewable-fueled
transportation resources, and assess and evaluate the effectiveness and
continued necessity of existing incentive programs and provide recommendations,
proposed changes, or both, to the governor and legislature annually;
(14) Assist public and private agencies in
identifying utility transmission projects or infrastructure required to
accommodate and facilitate the development of renewable energy resources; (15) Assist public and private agencies, in
coordination with the department of budget and finance, in accessing the use of
special purpose revenue bonds to finance the engineering, design, and
construction of transmission projects and infrastructure that are deemed
critical to the development of renewable energy resources; (16) Develop the criteria or requirements
for identifying and qualifying specific transmission projects and
infrastructure that are critical to the development of renewable energy
resources, including providing assistance in accessing the use of special
purpose revenue bonds to finance the projects or infrastructure; (17)] (9) Develop and maintain a
comprehensive and systematic quantitative and qualitative capacity to analyze
the status of energy resources, distributed energy resources,
systems, and markets, both in-state and those to which Hawaii is directly tied,
particularly in relation to the State's economy, and to recommend, develop
proposals for, and assess the effectiveness of policy and regulatory decisions,
and conduct energy emergency planning; [ and]
(10) Support state and county agencies responsible for development and adoption of energy-related codes to ensure that the most recent national codes are promptly considered, amended, and adopted in a manner that further advances the State's energy goals;
(11) Act as the State's energy data clearinghouse by identifying data sources, collecting new data as it becomes available, analyzing temporal and geographic trends, making the data and analyses publicly available, and supporting the legislature and governor with relevant analyses to inform state energy policy plans and proposals;
(12) Support the implementation and promotion of economic and workforce development initiatives related to and resulting from the State's renewable energy experience, capabilities, and data analyses; and
(18)] (13) Adopt rules for the
administration of this chapter pursuant to chapter 91."
SECTION 5. Section 243-3.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (a) and (b) to read as follows:
"(a) In addition to any other taxes provided by law, subject to the exemptions set forth in section 243-7, there is hereby imposed a state environmental response, energy, and food security tax on each barrel or fractional part of a barrel of petroleum product sold by a distributor to any retail dealer or end user of petroleum product, other than a refiner. The tax shall be $1.05 on each barrel or fractional part of a barrel of petroleum product that is not aviation fuel; provided that of the tax collected pursuant to this subsection:
(1) 5 cents of the tax on each barrel shall be deposited into the environmental response revolving fund established under section 128D-2;
(2) 15 cents of the tax on each barrel shall be
deposited into the energy security special fund established under section
201-12.8; (3)] (2) [ 10] 15 cents of the tax
on each barrel shall be deposited into the energy systems development special
fund established under section 304A-2169.1; and
(4)] (3) 15 cents of the tax on each barrel shall
be deposited into the agricultural development and food security special fund
established under section 141‑10.
The tax imposed by this subsection shall be paid by the distributor of the petroleum product.
(b) In addition to subsection (a), the tax shall also be imposed on each one million British thermal units of fossil fuel sold by a distributor to any retail dealer or end user, other than a refiner, of fossil fuel. The tax shall be 19 cents on each one million British thermal units of fossil fuel; provided that of the tax collected pursuant to this subsection:
(1) 4.8 per cent of the tax on each one million British thermal units shall be deposited into the environmental response revolving fund established under section 128D-2;
(2) 14.3 per
cent of the tax on each one million British thermal units shall be deposited
into the energy security special fund established under section 201-12.8; (3)] (2) [ 9.5] 14.3 per cent of the
tax on each one million British thermal units shall be deposited into the
energy systems development special fund established under section 304A-2169.1;
(4)] (3) 14.3 per cent of the tax on each one
million British thermal units shall be deposited into the agricultural
development and food security special fund established under section 141-10.
The tax imposed by this subsection shall be paid by the distributor of the fossil fuel."
SECTION 6. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the Hawaii state energy office.
The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 7. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 8. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
Structure of Government; Hawaii State Energy Office; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Barrel Tax; Fossil Fuel Tax; Deputy Director of Energy; Appropriation
Establishes the Hawaii state energy office. Establishes the deputy director of energy, who shall serve as the energy resources coordinator. Amends the powers and duties of the energy resources coordinator. Repeals the distribution of barrel tax revenue and fossil fuel tax on distributors revenue to the energy security special fund and increases the distributions to the energy systems development special fund. Appropriates funds for the Hawaii state energy office. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (Proposed SD1)
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