HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2719

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to energy.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 196, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new sections to part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"196- Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board. (a) There is established within the department of business, economic development, and tourism, a Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board to advise the State on the transition to a clean energy economy and to support the State in meeting its goal of building an economy that, by 2045, sequesters more atmospheric carbon than it produces.

The primary goal of the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board shall be to accelerate the realization of Hawaii's climate and clean energy goals and ensure the equitable implementation of these goals by:

(1) Aligning private sector, education, county, and nonprofit organizations through projects, partnerships, and innovation; and

(2) Advising state policymakers, officials, and regulators on effective policy and regulatory structures, strategies, and implementation supported by analyses and evaluations.

(b) The governor shall appoint an executive director of the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board without regard to chapter 76, who:

(1) Shall be subject to section 26-34;

(2) Shall serve as the chair of the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board; and

(3) May hire temporary or permanent employees who shall be exempt from chapter 76.

(c) The governor shall appoint four additional members of the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board to represent the private sector, the nonprofit sector, education organizations, and county governments. The members shall be subject to section 26-34. The chair shall appoint a vice-chair from among the members.

(d) The executive director may invite the participation of nonvoting observers from the department of business, economic, development, and tourism, as well as other state agencies, state regulators, and the federal government.

(e) The executive director shall submit a report of the activities of the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session. The report shall include a:

(1) Summary of outcomes and key results for the previous year;

(2) Plan for the upcoming year; and

(3) Summary of expenditures."

SECTION 2. Section 196-10.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:

1. By amending its title and subsection (a) to read:

"[[]196-10.5[]] Hawaii clean [energy] economy initiative program. (a) There is established within the department of business, economic development, and tourism, a Hawaii clean [energy] economy initiative program to manage the State's transition to a clean energy and clean transportation economy[.] that, by 2045, sequesters more atmospheric carbon than it produces. The clean [energy] economy program shall design, implement, and administer activities that include:

(1) Strategic partnerships for the research, development, testing, deployment, and permitting of clean and renewable technologies;

(2) Engineering and economic evaluations of Hawaii's potential for near-term and long-term project opportunities for the State's renewable energy and carbon sequestration resources;

(3) Electric grid reliability and security projects that will enable the integration of a substantial increase of electricity from [renewable-energy] renewable energy resources;

(4) A statewide clean [energy] economy public education and outreach plan to be developed in coordination with Hawaii's institutions of public education;

(5) Promotion of Hawaii's clean and renewable resources and opportunities for carbon sequestration to potential partners and investors;

(6) A plan, to be implemented from 2011 to [2030,] 2045, to transition the State to a clean energy and clean transportation economy; and

(7) A plan, to be implemented from 2011 to [2030,] 2045, to assist each county in transitioning to a clean energy and clean transportation economy."

2. By amending subsection (c) to read:

"(c) The department of business, economic development, and tourism shall submit a report to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session on the status and progress of new and existing clean [energy] economy initiatives. The report shall also include:

(1) The spending plan of the Hawaii clean [energy] economy initiative program;

(2) All expenditures of energy security special fund moneys; and

(3) The targeted markets of the expenditures, including reasons for selecting those markets, the persons to be served, specific objectives of the program, and program expenditures, including measurable outcomes."

SECTION 3. Section 201-12.8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) Subject to legislative appropriation, moneys from the fund may be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism for the following purposes and used for no other purposes, except for those set forth in this section:

(1) To support the Hawaii clean [energy] economy initiative program, including its energy division, including funding staff positions within the division, and projects that ensure dependable, efficient, and economical energy, promote energy self-sufficiency, and provide greater energy security for the State;

(2) To fund the renewable energy facilitator pursuant to section 201-12.5 and any other positions necessary for the purposes of paragraph (1) as determined by the legislature; and

(3) To fund, to the extent possible, the greenhouse gas emissions reduction task force, climate change task force, grants-in-aid to the economic development boards of each county, and grants-in-aid to economic development agencies of each county to meet the stated objectives of the Hawaii clean [energy] economy initiative program."

SECTION 4. Section 201-12.8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) Subject to legislative appropriation, moneys from the fund may be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism for the following purposes and used for no other purposes, except for those set forth in this section:

(1) To support the Hawaii clean [energy] economy initiative program, including its energy division, including funding the executive director of the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board position, the activities of the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board, other staff positions within the division, and projects that ensure dependable, efficient, and economical energy, promote energy self-sufficiency, and provide greater energy security for the State;

(2) To fund the renewable energy facilitator pursuant to section 201-12.5 and any other positions necessary for the purposes of paragraph (1) as determined by the legislature; and

(3) To fund, to the extent possible, the greenhouse gas emissions reduction task force, climate change task force, grants-in-aid to the economic development boards of each county, and grants-in-aid to economic development agencies of each county to meet the stated objectives of the Hawaii clean [energy] economy initiative program."

SECTION 5. Section 225M-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) The office of planning shall gather, analyze, and provide information to the governor to assist in the overall analysis and formulation of state policies and strategies to provide central direction and cohesion in the allocation of resources and effectuation of state activities and programs and effectively address current or emerging issues and opportunities. More specifically, the office shall engage in the following activities:

(1) State comprehensive planning and program coordination. Formulating and articulating comprehensive statewide goals, objectives, policies, and priorities, and coordinating their implementation through the statewide planning system established in part II of chapter 226;

(2) Strategic planning. Identifying and analyzing significant issues, problems, and opportunities confronting the State, and formulating strategies and alternative courses of action in response to identified problems and opportunities by:

(A) Providing in-depth policy research, analysis, and recommendations on existing or potential areas of critical state concern;

(B) Examining and evaluating the effectiveness of state programs in implementing state policies and priorities;

(C) Monitoring through surveys, environmental scanning, and other techniques--current social, economic, and physical conditions and trends; and

(D) Developing, in collaboration with affected public or private agencies and organizations, implementation plans and schedules and, where appropriate, assisting in the mobilization of resources to meet identified needs;

(3) Planning coordination and cooperation. Facilitating coordinated and cooperative planning and policy development and implementation activities among state agencies and [between] among the state, county, and federal governments, by:

(A) Reviewing, assessing, and coordinating, as necessary, major plans, programs, projects, and regulatory activities existing or proposed by state and county agencies;

(B) Formulating mechanisms to simplify, streamline, or coordinate interagency development and regulatory processes; and

(C) Recognizing the presence of federal defense and security forces and agencies in the State as important state concerns;

(4) Statewide planning and geographic information system. Collecting, integrating, analyzing, maintaining, and disseminating various forms of data and information, including geospatial data and information, to further effective state planning, policy analysis and development, and delivery of government services by:

(A) Collecting, assembling, organizing, evaluating, and classifying existing geospatial and non-geospatial data and performing necessary basic research, conversions, and integration to provide a common database for governmental planning and geospatial analyses by state agencies;

(B) Planning, coordinating, and maintaining a comprehensive, shared statewide planning and geographic information system and associated geospatial database. The office shall be the lead agency responsible for coordinating the maintenance of the multi-agency, statewide planning and geographic information system and coordinating, collecting, integrating, and disseminating geospatial data sets that are used to support a variety of state agency applications and other spatial data analyses to enhance decision-making. The office shall promote and encourage free and open data sharing among [and between] all government agencies. To ensure the maintenance of a comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date geospatial data resource that can be drawn upon for decision-making related to essential public policy issues such as land use planning, resource management, homeland security, and the overall health, safety, and well-being of Hawaii's citizens, and to avoid redundant data development efforts, state agencies shall provide to the shared system either their respective geospatial databases or, at a minimum, especially in cases of secure or confidential data sets that cannot be shared or must be restricted, metadata describing existing geospatial data. In cases where agencies provide restricted data, the office of planning shall ensure the security of that data; and

(C) Maintaining a centralized depository of state and national planning references;

(5) Land use planning. Developing and presenting the position of the State in all boundary change petitions and proceedings before the land use commission, assisting state agencies in the development and submittal of petitions for land use district boundary amendments, and conducting periodic reviews of the classification and districting of all lands in the State, as specified in chapter 205;

(6) Coastal and ocean policy management. Carrying out the lead agency responsibilities for the Hawaii coastal zone management program, as specified in chapter 205A. Also[, developing]:

(A) Developing and maintaining an ocean and coastal resources information, planning, and management system [further];

(B) Further developing and coordinating implementation of the ocean resources management plan[,]; and [formulating]

(C) Formulating ocean policies with respect to the exclusive economic zone, coral reefs, and national marine sanctuaries;

(7) Regional planning and studies. Conducting plans and studies to determine:

(A) The capability of various regions within the State to support projected increases in both resident populations and visitors;

(B) The potential physical, social, economic, and environmental impact on these regions resulting from increases in both resident populations and visitors;

(C) The maximum annual visitor carrying capacity for the State by region, county, and island; and

(D) The appropriate guidance and management of selected regions and areas of statewide critical concern.

The studies in subparagraphs (A) to (C) shall be conducted at appropriate intervals, but not less than once every five years;

(8) Regional, national, and international planning. Participating in and ensuring that state plans, policies, and objectives are consistent, to the extent practicable, with regional, national, and international planning efforts;

(9) Climate adaptation planning. Conducting plans and studies and preparing reports as follows:

(A) Develop, monitor, and evaluate strategic climate adaptation plans and actionable policy recommendations for the State and counties addressing expected statewide climate change impacts identified under Act 286, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, through the year 2050;

(B) Provide planning and policy guidance and assistance to state and county agencies regarding climate change; and

(C) Publish its findings, recommendations, and progress reports on actions taken no later than December 31, 2017, and its annual report to the governor and the legislature thereafter; and

(10) Smart growth and transit-oriented development. Acting as the lead agency to coordinate and advance smart growth and transit-oriented development planning within the State as follows:

(A) Identify transit-oriented development opportunities shared between state and county agencies, including relevant initiatives such as the department of health's healthy Hawaii initiative and the Hawaii clean [energy] economy initiative;

(B) Refine the definition of "transit-oriented development" in the context of Hawaii, while recognizing the potential for smart growth development patterns in all locations;

(C) Clarify state goals for transit-oriented development and smart growth that support the principles of the Hawaii State Planning Act by preserving non-urbanized land, improving worker access to jobs, and reducing fuel consumption;

(D) Target transit-oriented development areas for significant increase in affordable housing and rental units;

(E) Conduct outreach to state agencies to help educate state employees about the ways they can support and benefit from transit-oriented development and the State's smart growth goals;

(F) Publicize coordinated state efforts that support smart growth, walkable neighborhoods, and transit-oriented development;

(G) Review state land use decision-making processes to identify ways to make transit-oriented development a higher priority and facilitate better and more proactive leadership in creating walkable communities and employment districts, even if transit will only be provided at a later date; and

(H) Approve all state agencies' development plans for parcels along the rail transit corridor. For the purposes of this subparagraph, "development plans" means conceptual land use plans that identify the location and planned uses within a defined area."

SECTION 6. There is appropriated out of the energy security special fund established pursuant to section 201-12.8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the sum of $         or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2018-2019 for one full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE) executive director position and for the activities of the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 7. In codifying the new sections added by section 1 of this Act, the revisor of statutes shall substitute appropriate section numbers for the letters used in designating the new sections in this Act.

SECTION 8. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 9. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2018.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Hawaii Clean Economy Initiative Program; Advisory Board

 

Description:

Establishes the Hawaii clean economy initiative advisory board to advise the State on the transition to a clean energy economy. Allocates funds from the energy security special fund to support the board. Changes the name of the Hawaii clean energy initiative program to the Hawaii clean economy initiative program. Expands the role of the program to manage the State's transition to a clean transportation economy. Extends the implementation date of the program's plans from 2030 to 2045.

 

 

 

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