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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Twenty-Fourth Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 01, 2009

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

Energy Finance and Policy Division

Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the twenty-fourth meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. on April 1, 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
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


Members excused:
Atkins, Joe

A quorum was present.

Rep. Johnson moved approval of the minutes of March 25 joint meeting with the Legislative Energy Commission and the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications. The motion prevailed.

Rep. Brynaert moved approval of the minutes of March 30. The motion prevailed.

HF1194 (Downey) Green job incentives provided, green job opportunity building zones provided, small business investment company and job growth investment tax credits provided, tax benefits allowed, conforming changes made, terms defined, and biomethane energy projects allowed.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF2096 be returned without recommendation to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division.

Rep. Hilty explained some issues with the bill.

Rep. Downey spoke on the bill.

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

Rep. Hilty moved to delete Article 4. The motion prevailed.

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF2096 be returned without recommendation to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed.

3:11 PM

HF708 (Falk) Clean energy resource teams funding provided, and money appropriated.

Rep. Falk moved HF708 for possible consideration in the omnibus bill.

Ms. Diana McKeown, Metro CERTs Network Coordinator
The Green Institute
612-278-7125 (w) | 612-278-7101 (fax) |
dmckeown@greeninstitute.org
2801 21st Ave S, Suite 110, Minneapolis, MN 55407
www.greeninstitute.org

Ms. Melissa Pawlisch, Clean Energy Resource Teams
University of Minnesota - Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
612-624-2293 (w) | 612-625-1268 (fax) |
pawl0048@umn.edu
411 Borlang Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108
www.rigionalpartnerships.umn.edu

The bill was laid over.

3:28 PM

HF357 (Falk) Community-based energy development project tariff and contract provisions modified.

Rep. Falk moved HF357 for possible consideration in the omnibus bill.

Rep. Falk explained the bill and the changes made to it since it was last in the Energy Committee.

Rep. Hoppe moved to table the bill.

Rep. Hackbarth asked for a role call vote.

Voting Yes:


Anderson, Bruce
Beard, Michael
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Welti, Andy


Voting No:


Hilty, Bill
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Falk, Andrew
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Obermueller, Mike
Persell, John
Sailer, Brita
Westrom, Torrey


Absent:

Atkins, Joe

There being 8 ayes and 12 nays, the motion failed.

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.

4:04 PM

HF2096 (Kalin) Minnesota Green Enterprise Authority created, and money appropriated.

Rep. Kalin moved that HF2096 be recommended to pass and be returned to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

Testifying against the bill:

Mr. Bill Glahn, Deputy Commissioner
Dept. of Commerce - Office of Energy Security

Rep. Hackbarth requested a role call vote.

Rep. Kalin renewed his motion that HF2096 be recommended to pass and be returned to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

There being 12 ayes and 7 nays the motion prevailed. The bill was passed:

Voting Yes:


Hilty, Bill
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Falk, Andrew
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Obermueller, Mike
Persell, John
Sailer, Brita
Welti, Andy



Voting No:


Anderson, Bruce
Beard, Michael
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Westrom, Torrey



Absent:

Atkins, Joe

4:27 PM - The meeting was adjourned.






_____________________________
Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF708 (Falk) Clean energy resource teams funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2096 (Kalin) Minnesota Green Enterprise Authority created, and money appropriated.
HF357 (Falk) Community-based energy development project tariff and contract provisions modified.
HF1194 (Downey) Green job incentives provided, green job opportunity building zones provided, small business investment company and job growth investment tax credits provided, tax benefits allowed, conforming changes made, terms defined, and biomethane energy projects allowed.