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Key Energy and Environment Bills Pass the Legislature 2012
This was my 4th session as the Chair of the Senate's Energy and Environment Committee. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the key bills we passed this session:
SB 2822- establishes the Hawai‘i Electric Device Recycling Task Force within the Department of Health to
make recommendations for a workable recycling program for electronic devices.
SB 2785 - sets up the regulatory framework through which the state Public Utilities Commission would
regulate any interisland electrical transmission cable developer as a utility.
SB 2746 - modifies existing state benefits for electric vehicle owners by making it so they have free metered
parking for up to 2.5 hours and can use the HOV lanes, regardless of the number of passengers,
SB 2281 - allows applicants or agencies to bypass an environmental assessment (EA) and proceed directly
to an environmental impact assessment (EIS) if the proposed project is likely to require an EIS anyway. This
will save applicants time and money without compromising environmental protections.
SB 2277 – extends the authority of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to issue incidental
take licenses as part of habitat conservation plans and safe harbor agreements for endangered species
through June 29, 2017.
SB 2001 - amends the state Planning Act to promote the development of indigenous renewable energy
resources, such as geothermal, that are located on public trust land as an affordable and reliable source of
firm power for Hawai‘i.
HB 2593 – authorizes DLNR to adopt emergency rules if there is an imminent threat to natural resources.
Hawai`i Energy Policy Forum Clean Energy Day -
July 6, 2012
Mike Gabbard, Senate Energy and Environment Chair participated in a panel discussion at the Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum’s Clean Energy Day on July 6, 2012 at the Laniakea YWCA. Other panelists were House Energy and Environmental Protection Chair Denny Coffman, DBEDT Energy Office Director, Mark Glick, and Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi.
Ko`oloa`ula Affordable Rental Housing Project Groundbreaking - June 1, 2012
Senator Mike Gabbard addresses the audience at the groundbreaking for the Mutual Housing Association of Hawai`i’s Ko`oloa`ula affordable rental housing project on June 1, 2012. Phase 1 of the projects comprises the first 120 of the 308 apartments planned. The MHAH is a local non-profit organization that provides affordable rental housing & supportive social services on O`ahu & Kau`ai.