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Policy 2014

 

Act Relating to Description Significance
 Act 64 Clarifies that the rules adopted by the Board of Agriculture referring to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D4814, relating to standard specification for automotive spark-ignition engine fuel, shall be deemed to refer to version ASTM D4814-13b adopted in 2013, as modified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Handbook 130, part IV, subpart G, section 2.1 adopted in 2013. Ensures that current standards that are published by the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Society of Automotive Engineers are adopted for use. Provides clarification to align with national standards.
 Act 109 Amends the public utilities commission principles regarding the modernization of the electric grid. In advancing the public interest, the commission shall balance technical, economic, environmental, and cultural considerations associated with modernization of the electric grid. Provides guidance on decision making principles.
 Act 23 Aligns the definitions of “neighborhood electric vehicle” in sections 286-2 and 291C-1, HRS, for consistency, and increases the maximum weight rating requirement in both definitions to 3,000 pounds. Amends the definition of “neighborhood electric vehicle” to mean that the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than three thousand pounds and removing the passenger limitation. Aligns with the latest developments in electric vehicles and makes consistent across various sections of the revised statutes.
Act 56 Authorizes the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel research program. Requires a final report to the legislature prior to the convening of the regular session of 2016. Defines industrial hemp. The Agricultural Act of 2014 and states that have removed barriers to the production of industrial hemp and have defined industrial hemp. Authorizes research into viability of industrial hemp as an alternative fuel/ biofuel crop.
 Act 107 Re-establishes the energy systems development special fund, which was repealed. Extends the repeal of various allocations of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax from 2015 to 2030. Provides funding to support Hawaii projects important for achieving state energy goals, such as renewable power generation, advanced transportation, energy efficient end-use technologies, and the integration of systems to allow increased renewable use. Research and development activities are essential to achieving long term, clean energy goals.
Act 164 Modifies the composition, quorum, and duties of the Hawaii state building code council and revises the state building code, including clarifying terminology, the code adoption process, and the staggering of code adoptions. Prohibits the adoption of code provisions that conflict with laws governing contractors. Makes appropriation. Refines and clarifies provisions relating to the state building code council and the adoption of Hawaii state building codes and standards and appropriating funds to the department of accounting and general services for the council’s operating costs.  In 2012, the State Building Code Council recommended an updated series of codes to be established as the new Hawaii State Building Code.  However, due to a lack of funding, the process was never completed. Modern building codes are necessary to protect the citizens.
Act 106 Requires a contractor that installs a solar energy device to notify the private entity that installation might void the roofing warranties or guarantees. Unless the private entity forgoes the roofing warranty or guarantee, requires a contractor that installs a solar energy device to obtain written approval from the roof manufacturer and follow written instructions for waterproofing roof penetrations from the roof manufacturer. Requires a roofing contractor that waterproofs roof penetrations related to the installation of a solar energy device to honor the roof warranty or guarantee; provided that if either the roofing contractor’s guaranty or the roofing manufacturer’s warranty is no longer in effect, the contractor who installs the solar energy device and waterproofs the penetrations shall apply the contractor’s or lessor’s standard labor and workmanship warranty. Transfers responsibility for the warranty of the area of a roof on which a solar energy device has been installed from the roofing contractor to the solar contractor that installed the solar energy device. Consumer protection through requirement of full disclosure during sales process.
Act 55 Allows solar energy facilities to occupy no more than 10% of a parcel, or 20 acres of land, within agricultural lands with soil classified as overall productivity rating class B or C if a special use permit has been granted and the area occupied by the solar energy facilities is also made available for compatible agricultural activities. Requires that solar energy facilities be decommissioned and removed within 12 months of the conclusion of operation. Enables the complementary uses of utility scale solar energy generation and local food production on agricultural land with an overall productivity rating of class B or C. Removes barriers to RE project development previously challenged by land use laws.
Act 52 Permits a solar energy facility on class A agricultural lands if the facility is located on a paved or unpaved road that is established by December 31, 2013, and the parcel upon which the facility is located has a valid agricultural conservation easement or county tax dedication status; the road allows for vehicular traffic, and the facility has a special use permit. Provides for continued operations after the repeal date. Using renewable energy sources to support agricultural activities is important to the State’s agricultural industry, environment, and sustainability.  Due to limited prime agricultural land, limits are established to solar facilities on class A lands only on field roads that are used for vehicular traffic. Removes barriers to RE project development previously challenged by land use laws.
Act 95 Aligns statutory language regarding utility rate making with widely accepted utility rate making principles and rate making practices already applied in Hawaii by allowing utilities in the State the opportunity to earn a fair return on utility property that is “used and useful” for public utility purposes. Clarifies and aligns definition across statutes and practices of rate making. Aligns with industry standard.