Your Voice Counts
2 major Bills passed this year that set the stage for progress towards a clean energy future for Hawaii. After a dismal 2017 session, we needed good news!
Let your voice be heard every step of the way with our help. To become law, Bills need support at each hearing, sometimes scheduled last-minute. Use the information provided to quickly write testimony JUST ONCE. Let us help you re-submit as needed.
HB 2182: Sets Goals for Hawaii to be CARBON NEUTRAL by 2045.
Both sides of the equation are recognized - planting trees and agricultural products to sequester and store carbon, and reducing emmission in all sectors including transportation.
SB 2939: Aligns financial interests of HECO with renewable energy goals.
HECO profits will no longer be calculated as a percentage of what they spend. Instead they will be based on performance, including customer service and movement towards 100% renewable power.
Why bother writing letters to legislators?
Most bills in the Hawaii State legislature generate little or no public interest, so bills with public testimony and letters stand out.
Recent successes that enjoyed community support:
- The law requiring Hawaii to generate 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2045.
- The law requiring HECO to establish a community solar program so residents without roof space can also invest in solar panels.
- The Public Utilities Commission rejected NextEra's request to take over HECO.
Some efforts fail, but supporting them gets the dialog going for future years.
Letters to the Editor / Opinion Pieces
Letters to the editor are an additional way to reach local legislators as well as influence public opinion. For instructions and published samples from HCC, click here.