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Policy 2019

Act Description
Purpose Significance
122 Establishes the Hawaii State Energy Office and Chief Energy Officer position in Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT). Repeals Director of DBEDT’s function as Energy Resources Coordinator and Renewable Energy Facilitator. Transfers Coordinator, Facilitator, and existing DBEDT energy office employees and functions to the Office. Amends allowable uses and funding amount of the Energy Security Special Fund. Appropriates operating funds and establishes position ceilings for the Office. Appropriates funds for a carbon pricing study. Establish the Hawaii State Energy Office as an attached agency.  Abolishes the State Energy Resources Coordinator position, which was previously identified as the Director of DBEDT. Changes funding from special funds to general funds; reduces the number of positions in the Hawaii State Energy Office. The Hawaii State Energy Office remains under the auspices of DBEDT, but as an attached agency the Hawaii State Energy Office is provided a larger measure of independence that as a division within DBEDT.  Also provides funding to study whether or not a carbon pricing policy should be implemented for Hawaii.
141 Requires the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to adopt state appliance efficiency standards. Establishes minimum appliance efficiency standards for certain products sold or installed in the State. Provide a boost to the local economy, which occurs when consumers and businesses spend their economic savings on other goods and services; Protect consumers against manufacturers who would otherwise unload less efficient appliances that they cannot sell in states with heightened standards; ensure that Hawaii residents do not miss out on potential savings while progress on standards at the national level is uncertain; Improve electric system reliability and potentially reduce the need for new energy and water infrastructures based on the resulting energy and water savings; Lower electricity bills for residents and businesses; and Reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, which can result in public health benefits and help the State meet its clean energy and climate change mitigation targets.
142 Establishes a rebate program for installation of eligible new or upgraded multi-user electric vehicle charging systems.  Authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to contract for third-party administration of the rebate program.  Appropriates funds. Establishes rebate program for the installation of new electric vehicle charging systems or the upgrade of existing electric vehicle charging systems. Accelerate a transition to cleaner transportation to reach its carbon emissions reduction goals.
143 Grants procurement priority for fuel cell electric vehicles for state and county vehicle purchases. Includes fuel cell electric vehicles in the definition of “electric vehicles” for purposes of parking fee exemption, high occupancy vehicle lane use, registration, and required parking spaces in places of public accommodation. Amends definitions related to fuel cell vehicles.  Adds fuel cell vehicles into definition of EVs for purposes of EV incentives including State & County procurement requirement. Definitions need to be updated as technologies evolve.
144 Allows agencies to enter performance contracts to undertake or implement energy conservation or alternate energy measures for vehicles. Amends definition of energy performance contract to include vehicles. Defines vehicle. Allows agencies to enter performance contracts to undertake or implement energy conservation or alternate energy measures for vehicles. Amends definition of energy performance contract to include vehicles. Potential to serve as an energy savings tool for agencies to consider when facilitating the transition of State fleet vehicles to electric vehicles.
145 Requires UH community colleges to establish energy systems and technology training courses for county officers and employees responsible for permitting, inspecting, licensing, and approving construction projects and an advisory committee of industry stakeholders and to submit a report to the Legislature. Appropriates funds. Creates a program to provide training to county officers and employees responsible for permitting, inspecting, licensing, and approving energy systems and related technology. Employees responsible for permitting, inspecting, licensing, and approving projects, including officers and employees at county public works departments, planning and permitting departments, and fire departments, must remain constantly informed about new technology in the energy sector.  Lack of training can lead to unnecessary delays in the approval or implementation of a project.
214 Authorizes the State and electrical utilities to enter into a mutual assistance agreement with an out-of-state utility to assist in the restoration of electrical power following a natural disaster or emergency. Ensure that in times of emergencies or a natural disaster where assistance may be necessary to restore critical electrical and natural gas infrastructure, the State, along with electrical and natural gas utilities, would be lawfully allowed to enter into a mutual assistance agreement with an out-of-state utility to assist in the restoration of electrical and natural gas power. In the event that the State suffers devastating effects from a disaster, out-of-state public utilities are willing and able to provide the State with similar support. This Act will help ensure that in times of an emergency, qualified out-of9 state utility workers will be able to provide services in the State to help restore public electrical and natural gas utilities to operating condition.
239 Requires the public utilities commission to consider the value of improving energy data access and transparency in order to make informed decisions. The Public Utilities Commission shall consider the value of improving electric power systems data access and transparency within the State in order to empower ratepayers, improve decision-making related to reliability and operational efficiency of the electric system, maximize the value of grid modernization technologies and investments, and promote innovation and economic development opportunities related to electric power systems data analysis. Provide better information for decision making by consumers and policymakers.
243 Amends the definition of “solar energy devices” to include building-applied photovoltaics and building-integrated photovoltaics and clarify that the term excludes passive solar skylights or windows. Further facilitate the development of green condominium projects throughout Hawaii by clarifying the conditions under which condominium unit owners can install solar energy devices. Definitions need to be updated as technologies evolve.
SB409 (Allowed to pass into law without Governor’s signature.)

Establishes an annual electric vehicle registration surcharge fee to be deposited into the state highway fund.

Establishes an annual vehicle registration surcharge fee for electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles to be deposited into the State Highway Fund. Generates funds that can be used to repair the aging highway infrastructure and ensure that all are paying their fair share.