H.R. NO.













URGING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH ENERGY efficiency and conservation programs and appropriate RATE design incentives FOR electricity USED OR CONSUMED FOR AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES that produce food for local consumption.




     WHEREAS, expanding the agricultural sector in Hawaii is essential to gaining self-sufficiency and food sustainability in the State; and


     WHEREAS, energy is a major cost component for those seeking to enter or sustain a business in the agricultural industry and rising energy costs have adversely impacted business viability and feasibility; and


     WHEREAS, properly designed programs and incentives for energy efficiency and conservation in agricultural activities such as irrigation, water pumping, refrigeration, and cooling may optimize the efficiency of the electric grid and benefit all electricity customers; and


     WHEREAS, efficiency and conservation programs and appropriate rate design incentives can help to support the long-term viability and growth of agriculture in the State; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2014, that the Public Utilities Commission is urged to work with the Public Benefits Fee Administrator and Hawaii's electric utilities to consider energy efficiency and conservation programs, as well as appropriate rate design incentives for electricity used or consumed for agricultural activities that produce food for local consumption, including eligible agricultural activities of the Department of Agriculture; and
     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Public Utilities Commission, Program Director of the Public Benefits Fee Administrator, Chairperson of the Board of Agriculture, and the President of each electric utility company operating in Hawaii.









Report Title: 

Agricultural Activities; PUC; Rate Design Incentives