STAND. COM. REP. NO. 137-20
RE: H.B. No. 1934
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred H.B. No. 1934 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY JOBS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to create jobs that advance the State's goals of achieving greater energy security and adapting to climate change.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Climate Protectors Coalition, Pono Hawaii Initiative, 350 Hawaii.org, Imua Alliance, Our Revolution Hawaii, Young Progressives Demanding Action, Hawaii Solar Energy Association, Sierra Club of Hawaii, and numerous individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Hawaii State Energy Office.
Your Committee finds that in response to the growing threat of climate change, the State has set standards and launched initiatives to expand sustainable and efficient energy reliance, including setting a statewide benchmark of generating one hundred percent of the State's electricity through renewable resources by 2045. Meeting these initiatives will require increased employment in clean and renewable energy industries as part of a Green New Deal for Hawaii's workforce.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.
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 H.B. No. 1934, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1934, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection,
NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair