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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Twenty-Third Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 30, 2009

State of Minnesota Twenty-Third Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Sixth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the twenty-third meeting to order at 3:25 PM on March 30, 2009 in the Basement hearing room of the State office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Hilty, Bill
Falk, Andrew
Westrom, Torrey
Anderson, Bruce
Atkins, Joe
Beard, Michael
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Obermueller, Mike
Persell, John
Sailer, Brita
Welti, Andy


A quorum was present.

Rep. Gunther moved approval of the minutes of March 25, 2009. The motion prevailed.

Rep. Magnus moved approval of the minutes of March 26, 2009. The motion prevailed.

HF1836 (Sertich) Biomass mandate contracts amendment required, cost recovery authorized.

Rep. Hilty moved HF1836 for possible inclusion in the Energy policy omnibus bill.

Rep. Hilty moved the H1836DE1 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Sertich explained the bill.

Testifying on the bill:

Mr. Terry Leoni, General Manager
Virginia Public Utilities
218-750-6698 (w) | 218-750-6698 (c) | 218-748-7544 (fax) |
leonit@vpuc.com
PO Box 1048, 618 2nd St S, Virginia, MN 55792 | 218-748-7540
www.vpuc.com

Mr. Rick Evans, Director, Regional Government Affairs
Xcel Energy
612-337-2256 (w) | 952-920-5167 (h) | 612-770-1966 (c) |
rick.evans@xcelenergy.com
414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993
www.xcelenergy.com

The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

3:58 PM

Rep. Falk assumed the gavel.

HF862 (Hilty) Annual legislative report required on adequacy of electric transmission infrastructure.

Rep. Hilty moved HF862 for possible inclusion in the Energy policy omnibus bill.

The bill was laid over

SF656 (Hilty) Legislative Energy Commission directed to analyze state energy standards for certain appliances.

Rep. Hilty moved that SF656 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that SF656 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Committee on Finance. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed.

Rep. Westrom called for a division. With ten hands in favor, the chair’s ruling was upheld.

4:09 PM

HF1725 (Persell) Residential heating and delivered-fuel supplier reports required.

Rep. Persell moved HF1725 for possible inclusion in the Energy policy omnibus bill.

Rep. Persell moved the following oral amendment.

Line 1.7 change ‘$50,000’ to ‘$150,000’

The motion prevailed. The oral amendment was adopted.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Ms. Pam Marshall
Energy CENTS Coalition
651-774-9010 (w) | 651-470-4500 (c) |
pam@energycents.org
823 East 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106-5016 | 651-774-9010
www.energycents.org

Testifying on the Bill:

Mr. Bill Glahn, Deputy Commissioner
Dept. of Commerce - Office of Energy Security
651-296-9325 (w) | 651-297-7891 (fax) |
william.glahn@state.mn.us
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.energy.mn.gov

Mr. John Harvanko, Director of Energy Assistance Program
Dept. of Commerce
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.commerce.state.mn.us

Cort Holter
MPGA, Princeton, MN 651-291-1900

The bill was laid over.

4:43 PM - The meeting was adjourned.


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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF1836 (Sertich) Biomass mandate contracts amendment required, cost recovery authorized.
HF862 (Hilty) Annual legislative report required on adequacy of electric transmission infrastructure.
SF656 (Hilty) Legislative Energy Commission directed to analyze state energy standards for certain appliances.
HF1725 (Persell) Residential heating and delivered-fuel supplier reports required.
HF1726 (Persell) Low-income customer rights provided for delivered home heating fuel vendors.