Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: H.B. No. 1910

H.D. 2

S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, to which was referred H.B. No. 1910, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


(1) Establish the sustainable aviation fuel program to provide matching grants to any small business in Hawaii that is developing products related to sustainable aviation fuel or commercial aviation operations greenhouse gas reduction; and


(2) Appropriate funds for the sustainable aviation fuel program.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation, Hawaii State Energy Office, Office of Planning, University of Hawaii System, Hawaii Public Health Association, Simonpietri Enterprises, 350Hawaii, Climate Protectors Coalition, Volcano Action Network, Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Airlines for America, and twelve individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Agriculture and Hawaii Technology Development Corporation.


Your Committee finds that the State is focused on reducing its dependency on fossil fuels and exploring various avenues to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Currently, nearly one-third of the energy consumed in the State is used for jet fuel, which is a higher proportion of petroleum consumption than any other energy sector. Your Committee further finds that the movement toward sustainable aviation fuel will allow the State to reduce fossil fuel impacts on the environment, improve the health of the State's communities, and provide sustainable new business opportunities. This measure will shift the State toward sustainable aviation fuel, thereby creating new economic opportunities in the development of sustainable fuels and lead to a gradual alleviation of current energy-related emissions by establishing a sustainable aviation fuel program in the State.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Updating the purpose section; and


(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1910, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1910, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism,