The Hawaii State Legislature is one of two decision making channels for energy. The Legislature consists of two bodies: the House and the Senate. The passing of laws is completed during the legislative session held from January to May. Bills are introduced and go through standing committees in the House and Senate for review and amendment. Upon agreement from both sides, approved bills are sent to the Governor’s office to be signed into law. 

For more information about how a bill becomes a law, see: 

  • A Citizen’s Guide to Participation in the Legislative Process  
  • How a Bill Becomes Law in Hawaii
  • Act Database

    HEPF compiled a database of acts related to energy, climate change, and transportation enacted between 1999 and 2020. We built upon the spreadsheets provided by capitol.hawaii.gov by filtering for related acts, categorizing them by topic, and linking them to the corresponding Hawaii Revised Statutes, act text, and measure history. Please check back for annual updates.

    Legislative Session Energy Bills

    The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum compiles a summary of energy related bills introduced during legislative sessions. It documents the progression of bills and outlines the final scope of bills passed.

    Federal Policies Compilation

    This compilation contains existing federal policies related to energy. It includes a description of the policy (as of June 2020), policy type, relevant sector, managing agency and federal citations to amendments.

    Last Updated: 9/29/2020