Energy and Climate Change Updates in Hawaii State Legislature

From the Energy and Climate Change Committee

Dear Members of the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii,

Following is an update of all the bills which we are still following and supporting. They have each successfully crossed over and deserve our continued attention. I am hoping you will read through to the bottom of this post as I have included them in one long post so that each of you would not be bombarded with several posts. Please stay posted for future action alerts concerning hearings and please submit your testimony for these bills here

Stay posted for the hearing dates and be ready to stand up and let your voice be heard!!

SB 1164 Amends the definition of “eligible business activity” to include production of electric power from renewable energy. Has already passed first reading in the House. Is now being reviewed in the following committees: ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AND BUSINESS &ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, FINANCE

HB 1019 Reallocation of Barrel Tax Funds to designate more money to clean energy and food sustainability, (.05 for Environmental response revolving fund; .45 Energy Security special fund; .10 Energy systems development fund; .45 Agriculture development and food security special fund.) Has also passed first reading in the Senate and is now with the following committees: ENERGY & AGRICULTURE & WAYS AND MEANS.

SB 1197 Requires the incorporation of alternative energy designs into construction of and renovations to schools and state facilities on or after 7/1/11. Has passed first reading in the House and is now with the following committees: ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION & EDUCATION & FINANCE

Mahalo for your attention.

Posted by Lisa Hinano Rey
Subcommittee Chair for Energy and Climate Change
Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii

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