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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Twenty-Fifth Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 02, 2009

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

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the twenty-fifth meeting to order at 6:42 PM on April 2, 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
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
Gunther, Bob

A quorum was present.

Rep. Hackbarth moved approval of the minutes of April 1, 2009. The motion prevailed.

HF1754 (Hilty) Energy or commerce projects and activities funding provided, money appropriated, assessments, audits, insurance, public utilities, cooperative electric associations, and municipal power agencies provisions modified.

The Chair moved that HF 1754 be recommended to pass and referred to the committee on Finance.

The Chair moved the A09-0328 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Ron, Soderberg, House Fiscal Analyst spoke to the bill.

The Chair moved the A09-0357X amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Davnie introduced Deputy Commissioner Kevin Murphy who spoke to the amendment.

Mr. Kevin Murphy, Deputy Commissioner of Financial Institutions
Dept. of Commerce
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.commerce.state.mn.us

The Chair renewed his motion to adopt the A09-0357X amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

The Chair moved the A09-0358X amendment.

Rep. Davnie explained the amendment and took questions.

Ron Soderberg, House Fiscal Analyst, explained the fiscal note.

The Chair renewed his motion to adopt the A09-0358X amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Kalin moved the A09-0359 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Johnson moved to strike Article 1, Section 14. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Hoppe moved to strike Article 1, Section 11. The motion prevailed the amendment was adopted.

The Chair renewed his motion that HF 1754 as amended be recommended to pass and referred to the committee on Finance. The motion prevailed the bill was passed as amended.
7:12 pm

HF863 (Hilty) Excess energy savings carry forward allowed by power companies, and conservation improvement program study required.

The Chair moved that HF863 be recommended to pass and returned to the committee on Finance.

The Chair moved the A09-329 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

The Chair moved the H0863A9 amendment.

The Chair renewed his motion to adopt the H0863A9 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

The Chair moved the H0863A22 amendment.

The Chair explained the A22 amendment and discussion followed.

The Chair renewed his motion to adopt the A22amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

The Chair moved the H0863A10 amendment.

The Chair explained the A10 amendment and discussion followed.

The Chair renewed his motion to adopt the A10amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

The Chair moved the H0863A28.

The Chair explained the A28 amendment and discussion followed.

The Chair renewed his motion to adopt the A28amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

The Chair moved the H0863A26.

The Chair explained the A26 amendment and discussion followed.

The Chair renewed his motion to adopt the A26amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Falk moved the H0863A27 amendment.

Rep. Falk explained the amendment.

Testifying against the amendment:

Mr. Joe Sullivan, on behalf of Missouri River Energy Services
Flaherty & Hood
651-259-1908 (w) | 651-225-9088 (fax) |
jksullivan@flaherty-hood.com
525 Park St, Suite 470, St. Paul, MN 55103 | 651-225-8840

Mr. Loren Laugtug, Director, Legislative Affairs
Otter Tail Power Company
PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0496 | 218-739-8200
www.otpco.com

Mr. Glen Skarbakka, Manager of Resource Planning
Great River Energy
763-445-6120 (w) | 952-484-1708 (c) | 763-445-5248 (fax) |
gskarbakka@GREnergy.com
12300 Elm Creek Blvd, Maple Grove, MN 55369-4718

Rep. Falk renewed his motion to adopt the H0863A27 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Beard called for a division. There being 11 hands in favor and 5 five hands against, the Chair’s ruling was upheld and the amendment was adopted.

Rep. Kalin moved the H0863A5 amendment.

Rep. Kalin explained the A5 amendment.

Rep. Kalin renewed his motion to adopt the A5 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

8:19 PM

Rep. Westrom moved the H0863A2 amendment.

Rep. Westrom explained the A2 amendment and discussion followed.

Rep. Westrom withdrew the A2 amendment.

Rep. Westrom moved the H0863A3 amendment.

Rep. Westrom explained the A3 amendment.

The Chair made the following oral friendly amendment.

Line 1.6 strike "ten" and insert "five"

Rep. Westrom accepted the friendly amendment.

Rep. Westrom renewed his motion to adopt the A3 amendment. . The motion prevailed. The amendment as amended was adopted.

Rep Falk moved the H0863A12 amendment.

Rep. Falk explained the A12 amendment.

Rep. Falk renewed his motion to adopt the A12 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment as amended was adopted.

Rep. Bly moved the H0863A6 amendment.

Rep. Bly explained the A6 amendment.

Rep. Bly withdrew the A6 amendment.

Rep. Bly moved the H0863A7 amendment.

Rep. Bly explained the A7 amendment.

Rep. Bly moved an oral amendment:

Line 1.9, strike "$1000" and insert "$1500". The amendment was incorporated.

Rep. Bly renewed his motion to adopt the A7 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment as amended was adopted.

Rep. Johnson offered the following oral amendment:

Line 4.28, after the period insert. "This section does not authorize a city requested facilities surcharge."

Rep. Johnson explained the amendment.

Rep. Johnson renewed his motion to adopt the oral amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Hackbarth moved the H0863A21 amendment.

Rep. Hackbarth explained the A21 amendment.

Rep. Hackbarth renewed his motion to adopt the A21 amendment.

The Chair being in doubt of the result of the voice vote, asked for a division. There being 6 hands in favor and 11 hands against, the motion did not prevail. The amendment was not adopted.

Rep. Hoppe moved the H0863A15 amendment.

Members discussed the A15 amendment.

Speaking in favor of the amendment:

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

Speaking against the amendment:

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

Mr. Loren Laugtug, Director, Legislative Affairs
Otter Tail Power Company

Rep. Hoppe renewed his motion to adopt the A15 amendment. The motion did not prevail. The amendment was not adopted.

Rep. Magnus moved the H0863A16 amendment.

Members discussed the A16 amendment.

Rep. Magnus renewed his motion to adopt the A16 amendment. The motion did not prevail. The amendment was not adopted.

Rep. Beard moved the H0863A23 amendment.

Rep. Beard explained the A23 amendment and discussion followed.

Rep. Beard withdrew the A23 amendment.

The Chair renewed his motion that HF863 as amended be recommended to pass and returned the committee on Finance. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed.

9:35 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..

HF863 (Hilty) Excess energy savings carry forward allowed by power companies, and conservation improvement program study required.
HF1754 (Hilty) Energy or commerce projects and activities funding provided, money appropriated, assessments, audits, insurance, public utilities, cooperative electric associations, and municipal power agencies provisions modified.