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Policy 2009

 

Act Description Purpose Significance
 Act 50 Deletes avoided cost by a utility in determining a just and reasonable rate for non-fossil fuel generated electricity. Amended the regulatory standard to a methodology that is just and reasonable by significantly reducing any linkages between the volatile prices of fossil fuels and the rate for non-fossil fuel generated electricity.  Also enabled utility customers to share in the benefits of price stability and fuel cost savings resulting from the use of non-fossil fuel generated electricity. Adjusts the regulatory standard in calculating avoided cost of fossil fuels used in electricity generation in order to provide for more competitive pricing of renewable energy projects.
 Act 153 Addresses deficiencies in Hawaii’s energy resources coordination statutes. Provides policy guidance to ensure adequate detail on the nature and relationship of the energy data analysis functions of the state energy resources coordinator and energy program. There is a critical need to develop technical and analytic capabilities and understanding of energy resources, markets, and systems for effective energy planning to achieve energy independence and increase energy security.  The use and analysis of energy and fuels data remains critical to virtually all of the energy resources coordinator’s statutory energy program functional requirements. It is essential and appropriate to codify responsibility for developing and ensuring the achievement of the State’s energy policies, programs, and plans.
 Act 155 Provides for and encourages renewable energy use and development, and energy efficiency, including increasing requirements for renewable energy portfolio standard, expanding duties of the energy resources coordinator, establishing energy efficiency portfolio standards, requiring energy-efficient state buildings, requiring sellers to provide electricity-cost information, and appropriating funds from the Renewable Energy Facility Siting Special Fund. Increased the Renewable Portfolio Standard and better defined components for RPS study by PUC while requiring an evaluation of the RPS every 5 years beginning in 2013.  Broadens ERC role to include efficiency measures and established an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.  Requires benchmarking of state facilities.  Requires disclosure of electricity costs in the sale of residential property. Reducing our oil dependence and the consequent price volatility and attaining energy security are critical.  The purpose of this Act is to provide a first step in aligning Hawaii’s energy policy laws with the State’s energy goals.
 Act 156 Establishes the development of non-fossil fuel transportation as a state policy goal. Requires the designation of parking spaces for electric vehicles and provides penalties for parking a non-electric vehicle in reserved spaces. Requires State and county agencies to follow a priority list when purchasing energy-efficient vehicles, including electric vehicles. Includes requirements for developing an electric vehicle infrastructure. Establishes the Transportation Energy Transformation Grant Fund Program. Provides tools to develop an infrastructure for electric vehicles in Hawaii.  Accordingly, this Act requires government agencies to lead the way in the electrification of transportation in the State, providing an aggressive but realistic timetable to replace fossil fuel vehicles with electric and alternative fuel vehicles. Created business incentives and penalties to encourage private investment into market.  Created procurement priorities for state and county entities to seek reduced petroleum reliant vehicles and defined “alternative fuel”.  Established the Transportation Energy Transformation Grant Fund Program.
Act 173 Exempts leases and easements for renewable energy projects from subdivision requirements; defines “subdivision requirements”; requires agencies to accept instruments for recording and filing. To develop and finance renewable energy facilities, a site for the facilities and access to the site must often be leased, granted as an easement, or mortgaged to provide financing for the project.  Subdivision laws and county ordinances must not be prohibitive to renewable energy projects. Removes barriers to RE project development previously challenged by land use laws.
Act 185 Authorizes preferential rates for the purchase of renewable energy produced in conjunction with agricultural activities. The legislature further finds that preferential rates for electrical energy produced in conjunction with agricultural activities, including compensation to agricultural energy producers for their costs and a reasonable return on investment, will support the long-term viability of renewable energy produced by agricultural producers. With limited land resources it is imperative to create a viable market for both food and energy security.
Act 192 Allows the use of clotheslines on any privately owned single-family residential dwelling or townhouse. Prohibits real estate contracts, agreements, and rules from precluding or rendering ineffective the use of clotheslines on the premises of single-family dwellings or townhouses. Removes barrier to energy efficient practices with regard to high energy domestic use.