Bill Text: HI SB372 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating To Renewable Energy.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-24 - Referred to EET, CPH/WAM. [SB372 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SB372-Introduced.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

372

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

Relating to Renewable Energy.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that Section 269-92, Hawaii Revised Statutes, requires each utility company that sells electricity for consumption in this State to establish a renewable energy portfolio standard of one hundred per cent of its net electricity sales by December 31, 2045.  The legislature further finds that no strategic plan currently exists to attain this goal.

     The purpose of this Act is to require the governor; the department of business, economic development, and tourism; and the Hawaii state energy office to develop a strategic plan that outlines benchmarks to meet the requirements of section 269-92, Hawaii Revised Statutes, in establishing a one hundred per cent renewable energy portfolio standard.

     SECTION 2.  (a)  The Hawaii state energy office, through the department of business, economic development, and tourism, and in cooperation with the office of the governor, shall establish a strategic plan that identifies clear benchmarks to:

     (1)  Attain the goal of one hundred per cent energy self-sufficiency by December 31, 2045, including the temporary use of alternative fuels that may be used as bridge fuels; and

     (2)  Provide clarity for utilities, utility-scale developers, and energy distributors in planning to achieve the benchmarks determined under paragraph (1).

     (b)  The strategic plan shall identify benchmarks that are quantitatively and qualitatively measurable and the metrics to determine progress toward attaining the goal of one hundred per cent energy self-sufficiency by December 31, 2045.

     (c)  The department of business, economic development, and tourism shall submit its strategic plan, including proposed strategies, benchmarks, and metrics, and any proposed legislation, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2019.

     SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Energy; Renewable Energy; DBEDT; Strategic Plan; Guidelines

 

Description:

Requires the Governor; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; and the Hawaii State Energy Office to develop a strategic plan that outlines benchmarks to achieve one hundred per cent renewable energy portfolio standard.  Requires DBEDT to submit the strategic plan to the legislature.

 

 

 

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