Public Benefits Fee for Energy Efficiency (Hawaii)

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Place Hawaii
Name Public Benefits Fee for Energy Efficiency
Incentive Type Public Benefits Fund
Applicable Sector Utility
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2008-06-03
Last DSIRE Review 2008-06-03

References DSIRE[1]


In June 2006 Hawaii passed legislation which allowed for all utility surcharges that were previously part of demand-side management (DSM) measures to be available also to a Public Benefits Fund (PBF) established by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC). In July 2007, House Bill 1003 created an energy systems development special fund for the development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies through a partnership with the University of Hawaii.

In May of 2008, S.B. 3001 required that all or a portion of the funds collected by Hawaii's electric utilities from its ratepayers through a demand-side management surcharge be transferred to a third-party administrator contracted by the public utilities commission.

, S.D. 2 clarifies that the public benefits fees collected by Hawaii's electric utility companies and then transferred to a new third-party public benefits fee administrator, to be appointed by the PUC, shall not be considered state or public funds subject to appropriation by the legislature or for deposit into the state general fund.

S.B. 3001, S.D.2 makes clear that the sole purpose of a public benefits fund in Hawaii is to provide demand-side management and energy-efficiency services to Hawaii's residential and commercial ratepayers. The bill also makes explicit that the State of Hawaii may participate in any of the DSM programs on the same basis as any other ratepayer.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: HRS §269-121 et seq.
Date Effective 2006-06-02
Date Enacted 2006-06-01

Authority 2: SB 3001
Date Effective 2008-07-01
Date Enacted 2008-05-28

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"