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Policy 2010

 

Act Description Purpose Significance
 Act 30 Requires gas utility companies to annually report to the public utilities commission information on the use of renewable energy resources. Defines feedstock, total feedstock, and non-petroleum feedstock.  It is in the best interest to consider all local renewable resources which may contribute toward the reduction of dependency on imported petroleum, the purpose of this Act is to establish an annual reporting requirement for a gas utility to measure and evaluate its  progress in integrating renewable resources as a part of its production of synthetic natural gas. Requires accounting of renewable energy projects being maintained outside of the electric utilities.
 Act 53 Gives boards of directors authority to install or allow the installation of solar energy or wind energy devices on the common elements of condominiums. The purpose of this Act is  provide boards of directors with the authority to install or allow the installation of solar energy or wind energy devices on the common elements under appropriate circumstances to further reduce Hawaii’s dependence on energy generated from fossil fuels. Removes barriers to installation of renewable energy projects
 Act 73 Establishes various initiatives to promote economic development for local food and energy businesses, ensures Hawaii is energy and food self-sufficient and sustainable to the maximum extent feasible, and helps Hawaii’s natural resources and humankind adapt and be resilient to the inevitable challenges brought on by climate change. Increases and changes the name of the environmental response tax, and sunsets the tax on June 30, 2015. The State must ensure that long-term strategy is well-resourced, coordinated, and focused.  This Ace revised environmental response funding to include programs that support environmental protection and natural resource protection programs, including [but not limited to] energy conservation and alternative energy development. Promote economic development for local food and energy businesses by providing necessary funding, guidance, and infrastructure.  Expanded the use of the environmental response fund to allow for use in support of energy and food security.
 Act 151 Clarifies that the exemption from subdivision requirements for leases and easements for renewable energy facilities applies to renewable energy facilities on agricultural land approved by the Land Use Commission and county planning commissions, and renewable energy facilities on conservation land permitted by the Board of Land and Natural Resources. The purpose of this Act is to extend the applicability of Act 173 to include any renewable energy facilities approved by the land use commission or county planning commission under chapter 205, or any renewable energy facilities permitted or approved by the board of land and natural resources. Removes barriers to RE project development previously challenged by land use laws.
 Act 175 Sets the goal of using alternative fuels to meet 30 per cent of highway fuel demand by 2030. The purpose of this Act is to support the achievement of alternate fuels standards. Amended the alternate fuel standard to include a 30 percent goal by 2030.
 Act 186 Prohibits prevention of installing an electric vehicle charging station on or near the parking stall of any multi-family residence or townhouse. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no person shall be prevented by any covenant, declaration, bylaw, restriction, deed, lease, term, provision, condition, codicil, contract, or similar agreement, however worded, from installing an electric vehicle charging system on or near the parking stall of any multi-family residential dwelling or townhouse that the person owns. Prevents barriers to installation of cleaner transportation infrastructure projects.
 Act 201 Requires every private homeowners association or entity to revise rules by July 1, 2011, that shall not impose conditions or restrictions that render a solar energy device more than 25 percent less effective; increase the cost of installation, maintenance, and removal of a solar energy device by more than 15 per cent; or until June 20, 2015, require an encumbrance on title because of the placement of the solar energy device. The purpose of this bill is to require private homeowners associations to revise their rules so as not to impose conditions or restrictions that render a solar energy device less effective; increase the cost of installation, maintenance, and removal of a solar energy device ; or require an encumbrance on title because of the placement of the solar energy device. Creates review period and sets limits to ensure efficiency and affordability of solar energy devices.