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Policy 2011

 

Act Description Purpose Significance
 Act 9 Exempts certain third party owners and operators of on-site renewable energy systems from regulation as public utilities by the public utilities commission. Exempted third party owners and operators of on-site renewable heat and energy generating equipment from regulation as public utilities by the public utilities commission. Allows greater penetration of RE by owner/operators and not just utilities or energy service providers
 Act 10 Amends definition of “renewable electrical energy” to include, beginning 1/1/15, customer-sited, grid-connected renewable energy generation. Cleaned up calculation for RPS to include customer-sited, grid-connected renewable energy generation. RPS redefined to include customer-sited, grid connected renewable energy generation.
 Act 109 Allows the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to consider the benefits of capital improvements for renewable energy and energy efficiency despite the short-term expense. Requires the PUC to consider the need to reduce the State’s reliance on fossil fuels. Provided PUC additional guidance and authority in considering energy efficiency as well as the implications of fossil fuels, fuel price volatility, greenhouse gas emissions, and long-term costs in their decision making. Allows the PUC to consider long term impacts of reliance on fossil fuel when considering high short term costs of utility capital improvements.
 Act 199 Modifies the renewable energy facility siting process to include biofuel production facilities and distribution infrastructure with capacity to produce or distribute one hundred thousand gallons or more of biofuel annually. Expanded the applicability of the renewable energy facility siting process to include biofuel production facilities and distribution infrastructure with the capacity to produce or distribute one hundred thousand gallons or more of biofuel annually. Expanded renewable energy facility siting process to include biofuels.
Act 201 Extends the repeal date of Act 173 (2009), which exempts renewable energy projects from subdivision requirements on State agricultural or conservation lands from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2020. Clarifies that wind energy projects are included in the exemption. Makes conforming amendments to section 201N-13, HRS. Extended the repeal date of subdivision exemptions. Allows greater opportunity for projects with large lead times for planning and financing and clarifies wind projects are eligible for this exemption.
Act 203 Requires the energy resources coordinator to conduct a study and issue a preliminary and final report on the conditions and policies necessary to expand biofuel production in the State to displace a significant amount of petroleum-based liquid fuel. Report to 2012 and 2013 legislature. Directed the energy resources coordinator to conduct a study and report on the conditions and policies necessary to expand biofuel production. In order to provide for an efficient energy eco-system transformation, it is important to study and understand the conditions and policies necessary to expand indigenous resource production, in this case biofuels, in the State in order to displace a significant amount of petroleum-based liquid fuel.
Act 204 Directs the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to investigate an On-bill Financing Program (Program) for residential electric utility customers to finance purchases of energy efficient or renewable energy devices and systems through their regular electric utility bills. Authorizes PUC to implement a Program by decision and order or by rules if the program is found to be viable. Effective July 1, 2011. Directed the public utilities commission to investigate the viability of an on-bill financing program to allow electric utility company customers to finance purchases of renewable energy systems or energy efficient devices through the energy savings provided by such systems or devices. Allows electricity customers a mechanism to benefit from efficiency measures and renewable energy without the up front capital investment that can be a barrier.
Act 217 Increases, with certain limitations, the areas within agricultural lands in which solar energy facilities may be constructed. Increased, with certain limitations, the areas within agricultural lands in which solar energy facilities may be constructed. Expands current applicability of solar energy facilities on lands designated for agricultural.