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STATE OF MINNESOTA NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION


ENERGY POLICY COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Melissa Hortman, Chair of the Energy Policy Committee, called the ninth meeting to order at 12:33 P.M. on, February 12, 2013, in room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll. A quorum was present.

Members present:
Hortman, Melissa, Chair
Morgan, Will, Vice-Chair
Garofalo, Pat, Republican Lead
Allen
Atkins
Beard
Falk
Hackbarth
Hornstein
Masin
Quam
Scott
Selcer
Yarusson

Members excused:
Kelly


Representative Bly presented the bill HF338, this committee hearing is informational only. No
action will be taken on the bill.

HF338 (Bly) Appraisal fee award in utility takings made the same as other takings, and buy the farm" provisions modified.

Testimony in favor of the legislation was provided by:

Rod Krass, Attorney/Public Citizen
Julie Schwartz, Public Citizen, Dairy Farmer from Sibley County
Brad Lindberg, Public Citizen, Farmer from Clearwater, MN
Chris Miner, Public Citizen, Cedar Summit Dairy, Scott County
Thom Petersen, Minnesota Farmers Union

Testimony in opposition of the legislation was provided by:

Dan Lesher, Great River Energy
Craig Johnson, League of Minnesota Cities

Presentation on weatherization programs in Minnesota.
Testimony was presented to Committee members by the following:

Bill Grant, Minnesota, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce
Peter Brickwedde, Director, Minnesota Department of Commerce


Handouts were given to Committee members "Agency Overview Energy Committee, February 12, 2013, Minnesota Department of Commerce Weatherization Assistance Program" and "Minnesota Success Stories: Weatherization Lowers Heat Costs."



Patrick McFarland, Anoka County Community Action Program
Greg Seelen, Seelen Advanced Weatherization Inc

Handouts were given to Committee members, "Minnesota Community Action Partnership" and
"The Honorable Steven Chu, letter dated February 24, 2012."



Representative Morgan moved adoption of the February 11, 2013 minutes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.




The meeting adjourned at 2:00 P.M.







REP. MELISSA HORTMAN, CHAIR



Mary Elizabeth Faust
Committee Legislative Assistant

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    Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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    Agenda: Presentation on weatherization programs in Minnesota.
    *HF338 is informational only and no vote will be taken.
    HF338 (Bly) Eminent domain provisions modified with respect to electric power utilities.




    Meeting Documents: HF338 A1 Amendment

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