In our May issue, we look closely at two GEMS-related bills that had advanced far in the 2017 legislative session. Both House Bill 1593 and House Bill 957 would make significant changes to... READ MORE
Will the Lights Go Out At GEMS?
NEWS FLASH: We’ve posted an update to our GEMS articles, reflecting the close of the legislative session. Check out the EH-xtra item below to read the latest.
For a program that has been charged with such an important task as democratizing rooftop photovoltaic and other energy efficiency technologies, the Hawai`i Green Infrastructure Authority has largely operated in the dark.
As our cover story reveals, a bill that made it to conference committee in this year’s Legislature would have allowed even that little bit of light to grow dimmer by removing Public Utilities Commission oversight over the HGIA and its Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) fund.
That bill did not make it over the finish line, but another that would allow the Department of Education to borrow a third of the entire GEMS fund, with no interest payments, was set for passage on the final day of the session.
Also in this issue, we cover a recent Hawai`i Supreme Court hearing on a case involving the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ aquarium fish collection permits, a mediated agreement regarding stream diversions in West Kaua`i, and report on the status of the DLNR’s effort to condemn land in Ma`alaea, as well as some of the Land Board’s recent actions.