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  Amy Asselbaye     Don Horner     Lance Mizumoto


Grant Chun, Committee Chairperson

Brian De Lima, Committee Vice Chairperson



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

10:30 a.m.

 Queen Liliuokalani Building

1390 Miller Street, Room 404

Honolulu, Hawaii  96813



I.              Call to Order

II.             *Public testimony on Finance and Infrastructure Committee (“Committee”) agenda items

III.            Approval of Meeting Minutes of January 19, 2016

         IV.            Discussion Items

      A.         Update on Department of Education fiscal reports as of December 31, 2015 (comparison to budget, school food service, student transportation, utilities, Impact Aid receipts, and CIP)

      B.         Update on the Department of Education’s heat abatement program:  progress since January 19, 2016, update of filings with the Public Utilities Commission, and update on Executive Branch’s plan to use Green Energy Marketing Securitization (“GEMS”) to cool 1,000 classrooms by the end of 2016  **new**

      C.         Update on the Department of Education’s fiscal empowerment workgroup **updated**

      D.         Update on the Department of Education’s operating budget restriction for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 **new**

      E.         Update on status of, process, and timeline for Committee review of Board policies presently assigned to the Committee  **updated (2/12/2016)**

V.             Action Items

      A.         Committee Action on the following Board policies:   **updated (02/17/2016)**


Organization of the Department


Plan of Organization

      B.         Committee Action on legislation relating to Department of Education energy efficiencies, renewable energy, wheeling, net energy metering, and green infrastructure loan program and other funding sources, including consideration of the following legislation:   **new (2/12/2016)**


Senate Bill (“SB”) 2604

RELATING TO A MICROGRID PILOT PROJECT FOR SCHOOLS.  Requires the department of education to establish an off-grid microgrid pilot project through the Ka Hei program at a school of its choosing.


SB 2536

RELATING TO WHEELING FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. Authorizes state educational institutions to utilize wheeling to transmit renewable energy generated electricity to themselves at other locations, and requires the public utilities commission and electric utilities to adopt rules and tariffs consistent with the wheeling mandate.


SB 2605

RELATING TO NET ENERGY METERING FOR SCHOOLS.  Clarifies the requirements for the department of education to qualify for net energy metering. Prohibits the PUC from amending the rate structure or excess electricity credits and credit carry over terms applicable to the DOE for net energy metering. Clarifies definition of eligible customer-generator.


SB 3126/HB 2726

RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  To provide for air conditioning, heat abatement and related energy efficiency measures at public schools by authorizing a loan from the green infrastructure loan program to the departments of education and budget and finance, and making appropriations for expenditure of the borrowed funds, additional capital improvements and the initial loan repayment.


House Bill (“HB”) 2569

RELATING TO ENERGY.  Requires the DOE to: (1) establish a goal of becoming net-zero with respect to energy use by 1/1/2035; (2) establish microgrid pilot projects at two public schools that are civil defense shelters; and (3) expedite the cooling of all public school classrooms to a temperature acceptable for student learning. Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for the implementation of cooling measures in public school classrooms.

VI.            Adjournment


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                                                                                               Grant Chun, Committee Chairperson