STAND. COM. REP. NO. 953-18
RE: H.B. No. 1801
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 1801, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to amend the definition of "renewable portfolio standard" to more accurately reflect the percentage of renewable energy penetration in the State. This measure establishes renewable portfolio standards and targets for gas utility companies that mirror those set for electric utility companies.
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Sierra Club of Hawai‘i, Young Progressives Demanding Action - Hawaii, Hawai‘i Interfaith Power & Light, Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii, Elemental Excelerator, and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure. Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Workers, Local 996, Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, and Marriott Hawaii testified in opposition to this measure. The Public Utilities Commission, Division of Consumer Advocacy of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Blue Planet Foundation, Hawai‘i Gas, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. and its subsidiary utilities Maui Electric Company, Ltd. and Hawai‘i Electric Light Company, Inc., Ulupono Initiative, The Progressive Movement Hawaii, Hawaii Bioeconomy Trade Organization, 350Hawaii.org, and League of Women Voters of Hawaii provided comments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1801, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
SYLVIA LUKE, Chair