THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE HAWAII ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE OFFICE.
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. The [
director of business, economic
development, and tourism] deputy director of energy shall serve as energy
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:
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 partnership opportunities;
(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;
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
15 cents of the tax on each barrel shall be deposited into the
agricultural development and food security special fund established under
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; and
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.
SECTION 9. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.
Hawaii State Energy Office; Department of Land and Natural Resources; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Deputy Director of Energy; Appropriation
Establishes the Hawaii state energy office. Establishes the deputy director of energy. Ends funding for the Hawaii clean energy initiative from the energy security special fund. Increases the distribution of tax revenue to the energy systems development special fund. Appropriates funds from the general fund for the Hawaii state energy office. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD2)
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