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Support 3 Bills that made it past the 1/2 way point!

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.

#1

SB 1186 / HB 1580:  PLAN FOR 100% RENEWABLE TRANSPORTATION BY 2045

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Establishes a goal to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of fossil fuels for ground transportation by 2045. Creates a working group to create metrics, identify a plan, and develop recommendations to achieve 100% renewable ground transportation statewide by 2045.

  • Commuting by electric vehicle is already cheaper and cleaner than commuting by gas car. Establishing a 100 percent renewable ground transportation directive will speed up the deployment of electric vehicle charging and other infrastructure that will enable more people to switch to cheaper, clean ground transportation and reduce the cost of living in Hawaii.

#2

SB 559: HAWAII STANDS BY COMMITMENT TO THE PARIS AGREEMENT (EVEN IF TRUMP BACKS OUT)

Hawaii will document its plans to address climate change among various state agencies and measure all carbon emissions and cuts as do members of the Paris Agreement.

  • Existing State plans to reduce carbon emissions are not coordinated and there is no central accounting.  The Department of Accounting and General Services is designated the lead agency to undertake strategies and mechanisms to reduce and mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions of all state departments and agencies. They would share information, use consistent methods to measure and avoid double-counting.
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HB 1593 / SB 660:  REBATES FOR BATTERIES AND EFFICIENCY UPGRADES

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Establishes the clean energy savings jump start program and fund. Establishes the energy storage system rebate program. Amends the green infrastructure loan program by deleting the public utilities commission's loan approval authority.

  • Energy efficiency measures, solar photovoltaic panels, and batteries can lower utility bills and reduce the cost of living for everyone. The more people who are able to produce and store power on the grid, the fewer power plants and fuel costs all ratepayers will have to bear. This bill provides financial support to assist consumers with efficiency upgrades to reduce their electric costs, and install innovative batteries and other upgrades to enable consumers to reduce costs for everyone on the electric grid.

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.