Aloha e Friends,

The 2015 Legislative Session kicked off on January 21st. As the Senate’s Energy and Environment Committee Chair, I’ll be tackling issues related to solar energy, hydrogen/electric vehicles, biofuels, and invasive species.

I’ll also be focusing on sustainable agriculture, with legislation to move us forward on industrial hemp and breadfruit (ulu) production.

Directing state funding to West Oahu for school and road construction will also be a priority.

I encourage you to stay informed and participate in the legislative process. You can sign up to track bills and get notices about upcoming committee hearing here: www.capitol.hawaii.gov

As always, best wishes to you and your family. Please contact me at 586-6830 or sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov if I can help you or your family in any way.

Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Mike Gabbard, State Senator, District 20

Chair, Energy/Environment Committee

 


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HECO TO UPDATE LAWMAKERS ON BACKLOGGED SOLAR INTERCONNECTIONS

HONOLULU (January 15, 2015) - State lawmakers will hold a joint Senate-House informational briefing on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. in Conference Room 329 to get an update on Hawaiian Electric Company’s (HECO) recent policy changes to solar interconnection. The new policy, which went into effect on September 6, 2013 requires approval from HECO before any solar photovoltaic (PV) installation. Since the policy change, many solar customers have been facing delays in getting their PV systems connected to the grid.