STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3670
RE: H.B. No. 2699
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Government Operations, Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, and Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 2699, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish clean ground transportation goals for the State, with the ultimate goal of all light-duty state-owned motor vehicles running on clean energy by December 31, 2035, and all light-duty motor vehicles in the State running on clean energy by December 31, 2045.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from Hawaii State Energy Office; Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Commission; Department of Transportation; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; Ulupono Initiative; Pono Hawai‘i Initiative; Climate Protectors Coalition; 350Hawaii; Hawaii Electric Vehicle Association; Elemental Excelerator; Blue Planet Foundation; Sierra Club of Hawai‘i; Healthy Climate Communities; Imua Alliance; Pacific Biodiesel Technologies; KauaiEV; and thirty-two individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association and one individual. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the State Procurement Office, Tesla, and Alliance for Automotive Innovation.
Your Committees find that government support for zero emission vehicles, charging infrastructure, and alternative fuel deployment is essential to the overall transition to cleaner transportation. Your Committees further find that as leaders in transportation planning, state agencies can facilitate these opportunities for fleet electrification. According to testimony received by your Committees, the Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Hawaii State Energy Office is currently working towards the electrification of transportation to meet the timelines of the State's clean transportation goals.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Amending the climate change mitigation and clean ground transportation goals of the State to attain a goal of all the State fleet light-duty motor vehicles to be one hundred percent powered by renewable sources by December 1, 2035; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Government Operations, Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, and Transportation that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2699, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2699, 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 Committees on Government Operations, Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, and Transportation,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair
LAURA H. THIELEN, Chair
LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair