Two clean energy bills are getting a hearing this Thursday. Your support matters now more than ever to getting these bills to the finish line. See below for instructions and sample testimony for both measures.
When: Please submit testimony BEFORE 9:30AM, WEDNESDAY, 3/27.
TO: [email protected]
SUBJECT: Support for HB 556, “Relating to Energy Efficiency,” March 28, 2019, 9:30AM hearing
Aloha Chair Baker, Vice Chair Chang, and members of the Committee,
I am testifying in support of House Bill 556, “Relating to Appliance Efficiency Standards.”
This is an important bill that protects Hawaii consumers from energy wasting appliances that drive up our already high utility bills. I support Hawaii adopting Appliance Efficiency Standards as it will save Hawaii residents $537 Million and 34 billion gallons of water, and prevent the emissions of 700,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over 15 years.
Products and technologies meeting these standards are readily available today from multiple manufacturers. Most of them have no incremental cost, meaning they do not cost more than inefficient models, and consumers will start saving right away.
These standards are already in place in California and other states, and it would be easy to adopt them here.
In light of these facts, I support the passage of House Bill 556.
Thank you for considering my testimony.
[Sign your full name, and list your city, state and zip code]
When: Please submit testimony BEFORE 2:00PM, WEDNESDAY, 3/27.
TO: [email protected]
SUBJECT: Support for SB 1000, “Relating to Electric Vehicles,” March 28, 2019, 2:00 PM hearing
Aloha Chair Takumi, Vice Chair Ichiyama, and members of the Committee,
I support SB 1000 to ensure that at least 20% of parking stalls in newly constructed commercial and multi-family residential buildings in Hawaii are ready for electric vehicle (EV) charging.
Buildings would not be required to install the actual charging equipment. Instead, they merely need to incorporate, at the construction phase, the wiring and conduit necessary for later installation of an EV charger. Installing that wiring and conduit post-construction is up to 91% more expensive for residents and tenants wishing to install an EV charger.
One of the biggest barriers standing between consumers choosing electric vehicles over fossil fuel vehicles is a lack of adequate charging options in the state. This is especially true for the many Hawaii residents that live in apartments and condos, who don’t currently have the luxury of charging an EV at home or at work.
Please pass SB 1000 to expand access to EV charging options. Thank you for considering my testimony.