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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TO CREATE AND
    IMPLEMENT A STANDARDIZED INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENT.



 1        WHEREAS, in the new economy, technology is rapidly
 2   changing the way the world works, including how energy is
 3   generated; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, venture capital is looking to invest in new
 6   enterprises and Hawaii is uniquely attractive as a testing area
 7   for renewable energy; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, as fuel cells and photovoltaics become
10   commercially available, residents of Hawaii may desire to
11   utilize these emerging technologies; and
12   
13        WHEREAS, currently, different military installations
14   generate their own power; and
15   
16        WHEREAS, in the event of a natural disaster, each of these
17   generators could assist in providing electricity to other
18   consumers; and
19   
20        WHEREAS, maintaining the reliability of our electric grid
21   is of importance, so that any entity that wishes to provide
22   power to the electric grid must satisfy certain interconnection
23   requirements; and
24   
25        WHEREAS, currently, it may take up to five years per
26   agreement to resolve these issues; and
27   
28        WHEREAS, having a standardized interconnection agreement,
29   publicly available on the Internet, would result in all
30   potential power generators knowing in advance the requirements
31   to connect to the electric grid; and
32   
33        WHEREAS, this knowledge could lead to increased
34   competition in the area of electric generation, lowering costs
35   of electricity for consumers; and

 
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 2        WHEREAS, the community at large would benefit by lower
 3   costs and greater security in time of disaster; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, other municipalities and states, such as
 6   Sacramento and Vermont, have instituted standardized
 7   interconnection agreements facilitating the development of a
 8   competitive environment involving utilities and independent
 9   power producers; and
10   
11        WHEREAS, municipalities and states have found that
12   standardized interconnection agreements strengthen the local
13   economy; now, therefore,
14   
15        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
16   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
17   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that the Public Utilities
18   Commission is requested to create and implement a standardized
19   interconnection agreement; and
20   
21        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in conducting this review, the
22   Public Utilities Commission is requested to consult with the
23   appropriate authorities and experts, including representatives
24   of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Vermont
25   Public Service Board and any other areas having standardized
26   interconnection agreements; and
27   
28        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Public Utilities
29   Commission is requested to submit a report concerning the
30   status of this request and any findings and recommendations to
31   the Legislature not later than twenty days prior to the
32   convening of the Regular Session of 2001; and
33   
34        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
35   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the
36   Public Utilities Commission and the Consumer Advocate, who in
37   turn is requested to transmit copies to the Hawaiian Electric
38   Company, Kauai Electric, all independent power producers in the
39   State, Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance, Life of the Land and
40   the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter.
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