HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2011

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Rep. Hermina M. Morita, Chair

Rep. Denny Coffman, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla

Rep. Robert N. Herkes

Rep. Mele Carroll

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Jerry L. Chang

Rep. Mark M. Nakashima

Rep. Pono Chong

Rep. Gil Riviere

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

TIME:

8:00 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 1366

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Ensures that agencies that enter into energy performance contracts shall continue to receive budget appropriations for energy expenditures in an amount that shall not fall below the pre-performance contract budget.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1577

Status

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XI, SECTION 9, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO REAFFIRM AND STRENGTHEN THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS.

Proposes an amendment to article XI, section 9, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to reaffirm and strengthen the State's commitment to environmental justice for certain populations that are disproportionately impacted by harmful environmental actions.

 

EEP, JUD, FIN

HB 1639

Status

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Requires that at least ten per cent of funds appropriated for school repair and maintenance be set aside and used to fund the repair, maintenance, and upgrading of school facilities to meet green building standards.

 

EEP, EDN, FIN

HB 1015

Status

MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION OUT OF THE BROWNFIELDS CLEANUP REVOLVING LOAN FUND.

Making an emergency appropriation to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism for the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 423

Status

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS.

Authorizes issuance of special purpose revenue bonds for Carbon Bio-Engineers Inc., for development of non-fossil fuel energy production.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 855

Status

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST PACIFIC POWER AND WATER COMPANY, INC., IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HYDROPOWER FACILITIES IN HAWAII.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose bonds in an amount not exceeding $25,000,000 to assist Pacific Power and Water Company, Inc. with the planning, permitting, designing, construction, equipping, and operating hydropower facilities throughout the State.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1286

Status

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST BIOENERGY HAWAII, LLC.

Amends Act 110, SLH 2009, authorizing special purpose revenue bonds to assist BioEnergy Hawaii, LLC., by modifying the purposes of the authorization and extending the lapse date.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 981

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Requires the energy resources coordinator to convene a meeting between the applicant for a proposed renewable energy facility and community stakeholder groups to negotiate a community benefits agreement. Provides for penalties and enforcement of a community benefits agreement.

 

EEP, JUD, FIN

HB 444

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Exempts lessors from the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax when renting an electric vehicle.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1517

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Requires the PUC to consider the need to reduce the State's reliance on fossil fuels through energy efficiency. Allows the PUC to take the consequences of importing fuel into consideration when making determinations about costs of capital improvements and operations.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1518

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Establishes the Hawaii Electricity Reliability Council to develop and implement grid reliability and interconnection standards.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1519

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Directs the PUC to unbundle electric utility grid ancillary services, consider cost recovery for electric utility stranded assets, and consider electric public utility performance incentive mechanisms for achieving clean energy goals.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1520

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Exempts third-party customer-generated solar energy facilities and equipment from the definition of public utility. Directs the PUC to monitor the impact on existing electric utility ratepayers.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 982

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS.

Amends the definition of renewable electrical energy to include customer-sited, grid-connected renewable energy generation, beginning 1/1/15.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1389

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Establishes the office of energy to be administratively attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 566

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Provides a $7,000,000 annual aggregate cap on the renewable energy technologies income tax credit.

 

EEP, FIN

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Hermina Morita

Chair