REPORT TITLE:
Utility Transmission Lines


DESCRIPTION:
Prohibits PUC approval of new 138 kilovolt or greater high
voltage electric transmission systems in residential areas, or
near schools or licensed child care facilities, unless placed
underground and insulated against electro-magnetic field
emissions. (SD2)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                        756
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                S.D. 2
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________


                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  Section 269-27.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 
 2 amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
 
 3      "(a)  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, whenever a
 
 4 public utility applies to the public utilities commission for
 
 5 approval to place, construct, erect, or otherwise build a new
 
 6 forty-six kilovolt or greater high-voltage electric transmission
 
 7 system, either above or below the surface of the ground, the
 
 8 public utilities commission shall determine whether the electric
 
 9 transmission system shall be placed, constructed, erected, or
 
10 built above or below the surface of the ground; provided that in
 
11 its determination[, the]: 
 
12      (1)  The public utilities commission shall consider:
 
13     [(1)] (A)  Whether a benefit exists that outweighs the costs
 
14                of placing the electric transmission system
 
15                underground;
 
16     [(2)] (B)  Whether there is a governmental public policy
 
17                requiring the electric transmission system to be
 
18                placed, constructed, erected, or built
 
19                underground, and the governmental agency
 
20                establishing the policy commits funds for the
 

 
Page 2                                                     756
                                     H.B. NO.           H.D. 2
                                                        S.D. 2
                                                        

 
 1                additional costs of undergrounding;
 
 2     [(3)] (C)  Whether any governmental agency or other parties
 
 3                are willing to pay for the additional costs of
 
 4                undergrounding;
 
 5     [(4)] (D)  The recommendation of the division of consumer
 
 6                advocacy of the department of commerce and
 
 7                consumer affairs, which shall be based on an
 
 8                evaluation of the factors set forth under this
 
 9                subsection; and
 
10     [(5)] (E)  Any other relevant factors[.]; and
 
11      (2)  The public utilities commission shall not authorize the
 
12           placement, construction, erection, or building of any
 
13           one hundred thirty-eight kilovolt or greater high-
 
14           voltage electric transmission system in a
 
15           residentially-zoned area or within three hundred feet
 
16           of any public or private school grounds or any licensed
 
17           child care facility, unless the electric transmission
 
18           system is placed underground and insulated against
 
19           electro-magnetic field emissions."
 
20      SECTION 2.  This Act shall apply to all applications for
 
21 approval to place, construct, erect, or otherwise build one
 
22 hundred thirty-eight kilovolt or greater high-voltage electric
 
23 transmission systems, pending before the Public Utilities
 

 
Page 3                                                     756
                                     H.B. NO.           H.D. 2
                                                        S.D. 2
                                                        

 
 1 Commission as of the effective date of this Act, as well as all
 
 2 future applications for approval to place, construct, erect, or
 
 3 otherwise build one hundred thirty-eight kilovolt or greater
 
 4 high-voltage electric transmission systems.
 
 5      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 
 6 New statutory material is underscored.
 
 7      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.