Category Archives: Fuel (HRS 243)

SB 3036; HB 2039

SUBJECT: RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES TAX CREDITS

BILL NUMBER:  SB 3036; HB 2039

INTRODUCED BY: SB by KIDANI, WAKAI, Baker, Kanuha, Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, Taniguchi; HB by YAMANE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Provides that notwithstanding any law to the contrary or subsequent amendments to existing state renewable energy investment tax credits, a power purchase agreement approved by the public utilities commission prior to 12/31/2019 shall receive thirty-five per cent of the actual cost or up to the applicable cap amount of $500,000 per solar energy system.

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SB 3150; HB 2654

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Barrel Tax Hike

BILL NUMBER:  SB 3150; HB 2654

INTRODUCED BY: SB by K. RHOADS, S. CHANG, KEITH-AGARAN, RUDERMAN, Shimabukuro; HB by SAIKI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:   Amends the environmental response, energy, and food security tax to address carbon emissions. Increases the tax rate to effectively set a price of $40 per metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021. Incrementally increases the tax rate over time so that, in 2030, the tax rate shall be equivalent to a carbon price of $80 per metric ton of carbon emissions.

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SB 2777

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Earmarks Barrel Tax for Environmental Council

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2777

INTRODUCED BY:  GABBARD, Moriwaki, Ruderman

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Establishes the Environmental Council Special Fund; dedicates 0.005 per cent of the Environmental Response, Energy, and Food Security Tax to the Environmental Council Special Fund. Appropriates $50,000 to the Environmental Council Special Fund from the Environmental Response Revolving fund.

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SB 2559

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Increase Barrel Tax Earmark for Energy Security Special Fund

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2559

INTRODUCED BY: WAKAI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Allows the chief energy officer to contract with Hawaii not-for-profit entities to administer expenditures from the energy security special fund for the purposes set forth in section 201-12.8, HRS. Increases the allocation from the state environmental response, energy, and food security tax for deposit to the energy security special fund from 5 cents to 15 cents per barrel or fractional part of a barrel of petroleum product.

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HB 1850

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Increase Barrel Tax Earmark for Energy Security Special Fund

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1850

INTRODUCED BY:  LOWEN, ICHIYAMA, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, OHNO

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Allows the chief energy officer to contract with Hawaii not-for-profit entities to administer expenditures from the energy security special fund for the purposes set forth in section 201-12.8, HRS. Increases the allocation from the state environmental response, energy, and food security tax for deposit to the energy security special fund from 5 cents to 15 cents per barrel or fractional part of a barrel of petroleum product.

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HB 1844

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Additional Earmark for Clean Energy Financing

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1844

INTRODUCED BY:  LOWEN, HASHIMOTO, HOLT, ICHIYAMA, HOHANSON, KITAGAWA, C. LEE, LUKE, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, MORIKAWA, NAKAMURA, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, PERRUSO, QUINLAN, SAIKI, TAKUMI, TARNAS, TODD, WILDBERGER, WOODSON

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Creates the clean energy and energy efficiency revolving loan fund under the administration of the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority. Repeals the building energy efficiency revolving loan fund. Allocates a portion of the barrel tax to the clean energy and energy efficiency revolving loan fund.

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HB 1585, CD-1

SUBJECT:  FUEL, EV Charging System Rebate Program

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1585, CD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  Conference Committee

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Establishes an electric vehicle charging system rebate program within the PUC that provides rebates to persons who install a new electric vehicle charging system or upgrade an existing electric vehicle charging system. Caps the total value of rebates issued each year at $500,000.

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HB 1585, SD-1

SUBJECT:  FUEL, EV Charging System Rebate Program

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1585, SD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  Senate Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, and Transportation

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Establishes an electric vehicle charging system rebate program within DBEDT that provides rebates to persons who install a new electric vehicle charging system or upgrade an existing electric vehicle charging system. Caps the total value of rebates issued each year at an unspecified sum. Creates the electric vehicle charging station rebate program special fund, and feeds it with yet another earmark on the barrel tax.

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SB 1529, SD-2

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Change Earmark on Barrel Tax for Energy Systems Development Special Fund

BILL NUMBER:  SB 1529, SD-2

INTRODUCED BY:  Senate Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Establishes the Hawaii state energy office. Establishes the deputy director of energy. Ends funding for the Hawaii clean energy initiative from the energy security special fund. Increases the distribution of barrel tax revenue to the energy systems development special fund. Appropriates funds from the general fund for the Hawaii state energy office. Earmarks and special funds decrease transparency and accountability.

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SB 1463, SD-1

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Carbon Emissions Tax; License Tax

BILL NUMBER:  SB 1463, SD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  Senate Committees on Agriculture and Environment and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  The bill intends to replace the current barrel tax and fuel tax with a revenue neutral carbon emission tax on the sale of all fuels with carbon content.  This bill forces us to rethink how we now tax fossil fuel.  The current patchwork of different state and local taxes all applying at once leads to unclear and inconsistent messages sent to the taxpaying public, which is not good for implementing social policy regardless of what the policy is. Continue reading SB 1463, SD-1