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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Eleventh Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - February 23, 2009

State of Minnesota Eleventh Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Sixth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the tenth meeting to order at 6:36 PM on February 23, 2009 in the Basement hearing room of the State office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

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


Members excused:

Anderson, Bruce
Bly, David
Magnus, Doug

A quorum was present.

Rep. Persell moved approval of the minutes of February 18, 2009. The motion prevailed.

6:38 PM
Rep. Falk moved that HF357 as amended be recommended to pass and re-referred to the committee on Commerce and Labor.

6:39 PM
Testifying against the bill:

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

6:53 PM

Mr. Lee Sundberg, Director of Government Affairs
Minnesota Rural Electric Association
763-424-7238 (w) | 763-439-2511 (c) | 763-424-5820 (fax) |
lee@mrea.org
11640 73rd Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-424-1020
www.mrea.org

6:54 PM
Testifying in favor of the bill:

Mr. Blake Nixon, President
Geronimo Wind Energy, LLC
952-988-9000 (w) | 952-988-9001 (fax) |
blake@geronimowind.com
5050 Lincoln Dr, Suite 420, Edina, MN 55436 | 952-988-9000
www.geronimowind.com

7:00 PM
Testifying against the bill:

Ms. Betsy Engelking, Director of Resource Planning and Acquisition
Xcel Energy
414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993
www.xcelenergy.com

7:41 PM
Testifying on the bill:

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

7:43 PM
Testifying in favor of the bill:

Mr. David Schiebel, President
Norfolk Wind
320-579-0442 (c) |
norfolkwind@westtechwb.com
37554 Co Rd 4, Bird Island, MN 55310 | 320-365-3744

7:46 PM
Testifying against the bill:

Mr. Patrick Pelstring, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
National Wind
612-746-6620 (w) | 612-437-1500 (c) | 888-867-0688 (fax) |
ppelstring@nationalwind.com
3033 Excelsior Blvd # 525, Minneapolis, MN 55416 | 612-746-6600
www.nationalwind.com

7:54 PM
Testifying on the bill:

Mr. Mike Bull, Policy Manager
Wind on the Wires
651-788-5100 (c) | 651-649-1494 (fax) |
1619 Dayton Ave, Ste 203, St. Paul, MN 55104
www.windonthewires.org

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Mr. George Crocker, Executive Director
North American Water Office
651-491-9726 (c) |
gwillc@nawo.org
PO Box 174, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 | 651-770-3861
www.nawo.org

8:25 PM
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. Falk renewed his motion that HF357 as amended be recommended to pass and re-referred to the committee on Commerce and Labor.

Rep. Hackbarth moved to table the bill and asked for a roll call vote. With 4 Ayes and 11 Nays the motion failed.


Voting Yes:
Gunther
Hackbarth
Hoppe
Welti

Voting No:
Hilty
Atkins
Brynaert
Falk
Johnson
Kalin
Knuth
Kulick Jackson
Obermueller
Persell
Sailer

Absent:
Westrom
Anderson
Beard
Bly
Magnus
Nornes

Rep. Hackbarth requested a roll call vote.

There being 10 Ayes and 5 Nays the bill was passed as amended and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor.


Voting Yes:
Hilty
Atkins
Brynaert
Falk
Johnson
Kalin
Knuth
Kulick Jackson
Obermueller
Persell

Voting No:
Gunther
Hackbarth
Hoppe
Sailer
Welti

Absent:
Westrom
Anderson
Beard
Bly
Magnus
Nornes



8:42 PM - The meeting was adjourned.

Handouts:

Bill Summary:
Fiscal Note:
H0357DE3 amendment., passed at the previous meeting
Cost of HF357 Compared to Current Contracts (xcel.cbed.cost.pdf)
Handout: North American Water Office (nawo.cbed.pdf)
C-BED Testimony (mn.chamber.cbed.testimony.pdf)


_____________________________
Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF357 (Falk) C-BED contracts provided. (continued)