Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Another House waiver of public notice—on an important energy bill
by Larry Geller
This is an important bill! Shouldn’t the public have been allowed at least the required time (48 hours notice) to prepare testimony or arrange schedules to attend the hearing? Just look at the long list of introducers.
And we’re talking about a bill that should be of interest to almost all of us—it even prohibits passing on the costs of renewable energy to those who can’t put PV panels on their rooftops.
Measure Title: RELATING TO ENERGY.
Report Title: Renewable Energy; Tariffs
Description: Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants. (HB484 HD1)
Current Referral: EEP, CPC, FIN
Introducer(s): LOWEN, BELATTI, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, HASHEM, ICHIYAMA, ING, JOHANSON, KEOHOKALOLE, KOBAYASHI, C. LEE, LOPRESTI, LUKE, MATSUMOTO, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, SAIKI, SAY, SOUKI, TAKAYAMA, TAKUMI, THIELEN, TSUJI, WOODSON, Aquino, McKelvey, Onishi, San Buenaventura
Rep. McKelvey, chair of the Consumer Protection committee, requested a waiver of the 48-hour notice on the House floor today. Of course, public be damned, these waivers are inevitably granted.
The text of the current version of the bill is here (pdf).