Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 1846

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1846, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to facilitate energy efficiency in state facilities.


     Specifically, the measure:


     (1)  Requires and establishes deadlines for certain state facilities to undergo:


          (A)  Statutorily-required energy retrofit and performance contracting; or


          (B)  Energy audits and any feasible implementations of those audits;


     (2)  Directs the Hawaii State Energy Office to collect all utility bill and energy usage data for state-owned facilities and make this data publicly available; and


     (3)  Beginning July 1, 2020, imposes certain energy-related requirements on the design of all new state building construction.


     Your Committee believes that the State must lead by example in implementing energy efficiency policies and energy-efficient building standards.  Your Committee finds that maximizing energy efficiency and reducing the demand for power generation are necessary for the State to reach its goal of one hundred percent renewable energy by 2045.  Your Committee believes that meeting this goal will be achieved, in part, by the steps taken through this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Specifying that certain state facilities shall implement all cost-effective energy efficiency measures or enter into performance contracts for the implementation of all cost-effective energy efficiency measures, by:


          (A)  January 1, 2022, for certain state facilities that have not undergone statutorily-required energy retrofit and performance contracting requirements since 2010; or


          (B)  January 1, 2024, for certain other state facilities;


     (2)  Providing that certain agencies that perform energy efficiency retrofitting may continue to receive appropriations for energy expenditures at an amount that accounts for any costs for contracts or debt service for the implementation and management of energy efficiency measures;


     (3)  Beginning July 1, 2020, requiring, where feasible and cost-effective, the design of all new state building construction to maximize energy generation and water efficiency, maximize energy generation potential, and use building materials that reduce the carbon footprint of the project;


     (4)  Changing the effective date to upon its approval; and


     (5)  Making technical nonsubstantive changes for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1846, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1846, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,