HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2020

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Chair

Rep. Tina Wildberger, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. David A. Tarnas

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Rep. Chris Todd

 

 

AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, January 30, 2020

TIME:

8:30AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A M E N D E D A G E N D A

 

The following measures have been removed from the agenda: HB2699

 

HB 2657

Status

RELATING TO A COAL-FREE HAWAII.

Prohibits the issuance or renewal of covered source air permits for coal-burning electricity generation facilities after 12/31/2022. Prohibits the approval of a new, modified, or renewed power purchase agreement for electricity generated from coal after 6/30/2020.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2227

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

Authorizes the Chief Energy Officer of the Hawaii State Energy Office to adopt rules to enforce minimum efficiency standards for certain products and establish or amend appliance efficiency standards in certain situations. Regulates the appliance efficiency standards for air purifiers and portable electric spas.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1846

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

Requires an energy audit for all state facilities by July 1, 2021, and begin to address the audit results by January 1, 2022. Requires a report of the results of the audit to the legislature. Beginning July 1, 2020, requires the design of new state building construction to allow for the building to be a net zero capable structure, use post-industrial carbon dioxide mineralized concrete where cost-effective, have 25% of its accompanying parking lot be electric vehicle charger ready, and account for projected costs of utility bills when making decisions about the most cost-effective building design. Requires public buildings to be benchmarked beginning on July 1, 2021, and requires benchmarking data to be maintained by the Hawaii state energy office in a publicly available format. Requires equipment and systems to be assessed for energy efficiency every five years.

 

EEP, LAB, FIN

HB 2404

Status

RELATING TO GRANTS FOR LOCAL RECYCLING FACILITIES.

Requires the office of solid waste management to establish a recycling facility grant program to incentivize recycling in the State. Appropriates funds.

 

EEP, EDB, FIN

HB 2498

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.

Repeals authorization for agencies that perform energy efficiency retrofitting to receive budget appropriations for energy expenditures at an amount that does not fall below the pre-retrofitting energy budget or to set aside a portion of the moneys saved through efficiency and renewable energy system retrofitting to pay for any costs directly associated with administering energy efficiency and renewable energy system retrofitting programs.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1934

Status

RELATING TO CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY JOBS.

Permits the expenditure of funds from the energy security special fund for the creation of jobs relating to clean and renewable energy generation. Requires the Hawaii clean energy initiative program to develop a plan to increase jobs aligned with the State's transition to a clean energy economy. Appropriates funds.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 2186

Status

RELATING TO THE UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION OF HIGH-VOLTAGE ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES.

Eliminates the requirement for a public utility to seek PUC approval for the underground construction of high-voltage electric transmission lines if certain conditions are met.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2492

Status

RELATING TO HYDROFLUOROCARBONS.

Preserves preexisting federal regulations on the use of hydrofluorocarbons in state law. Phases out hydrofluorocarbons in favor of alternatives with lower global warming potential. Establishes a preference for products that do not contain hydrofluorocarbons in the state procurement code. Directs the State Energy Office and the Environmental Management Division of the Department of Health to study how to increase the use of refrigerants with low global warming potential, reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons, and recommend how to fund, structure, and prioritize a state program that incentivizes or provides grants to support the elimination of legacy uses of hydrofluorocarbons.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2301

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY FINANCING FOR STATE AGENCIES.

Amends and expands the purpose of the $50,000,000 revolving sub-fund for state agencies and also includes the electrification of fleet vehicles.

 

EEP, TRN, FIN

HB 2699

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Establishes clean ground transportation goals for state agencies on a staggered basis until achieving a 100 per cent light-duty vehicle clean fleet by 12/31/2035, and for all light-duty vehicles in the State by 12/31/2045.

 

EEP, TRN, FIN

HB 1845

Status

RELATING TO THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION REBATE PROGRAM.

Appropriates funds for the electric vehicles charging systems rebate program.

 

EEP, TRN, FIN

HB 1863

Status

RELATING TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION.

Requires the Hawaii State Energy Office to conduct a study to provide recommendations for a comprehensive approach to the development of electric vehicle infrastructure. Appropriates moneys.

 

EEP, TRN, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Testimony should indicate:

    Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

    The Committee(s) to which the comments are directed;

    The date and time of the hearing; and

    Measure number.

 

While every effort will be made to incorporate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 2 copies (including an original) to Room 327 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For testimony less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 808-586-8529 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islander without a computer to submit testimony through e-mail or the Web); or

WEB: For testimony less than 20MB in size, transmit from http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx.

 

Testimony submitted will be placed on the legislative website. This public posting of testimony on the website should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.

 

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-8400 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Chair