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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Fortieth Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 17, 2010

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

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the fortieth meeting to order at 2:57 p.m. on March 17, 2010 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
HORTMAN, Melissa
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Obermueller, Mike
Persell, John
Sailer, Brita
SEIFERT, Marty
Welti, Andy

A quorum was present.

2:57 p.m.

HF3640 (Eken) Advance determination allowed for prudence determination by Public Utilities Commission for certain environmental projects of a public utility.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF3640 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register

Rep. Hilty moved the H3640DE1 Amendment. The motion prevailed. The Amendment was adopted.

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Mr. Loren Laugtug, Director, Legislative Affairs
Otter Tail Power Company
218-205-0162 (w) |
PO Box 496, 215 S Cascade Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0496 | 218-739-8200
www.otpco.com

3:09 p.m.

Testifying against the bill:
Mr. Bill Grant, Associate Executive Director
Izaak Walton League of America - Midwest Office
651-649-1446 x 11 (w) | 651-649-1494 (fax) |
billgrant@iwla.org
1619 Dayton Ave, Suite 202, St. Paul, MN 55104 | 651-649-1446
www.iwla.org

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF3640 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed to the General Register.

3:15 p.m.

HF3582 (Seifert) 2025 renewable energy standards abolished, and clarifying changes made.

Handouts: "Don’t back away from renewable energy commitment." Editorial. Post Bulletin 16 March, 2010.

Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security. Report the Minnesota Legislature. "Progress on Compliance by Electric Utilities with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Objective and the Renewable Energy Standard."

Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security. Minnesota Resource Assessment Study - Supplemented with responses to questions posed at the Legislative Energy Commission at its October 23, 2009 Hearing.

The Pew Charitable Trusts. "The Clean Energy Economy Minnesota."

Rep. Seifert moved that HF3582 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration.

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Mr. Mike Franklin
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
651-292-4661 (w) | 651-278-4788 (c) | 651-292-4656 (fax) |
mfranklin@mnchamber.com
400 Robert St N, Ste 1500, St. Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 292-4673
www.mnchamber.com

Testifying against the bill:
Ms. Linda Taylor
Fresh Energy
651-726-7571 (w) | 651-225-0870 (fax) |
408 St. Peter St., Suite 220, St. Paul., MN 55102 | 651-225-0878
www.fresh-energy.org

3:41 p.m.
Mr. Bill Heaney
IBEW - Minnesota State Council
612-781-2010 (w) | 651-270-1072 (c) |
billheaney@billheaney.com
PO Box 65397, St. Paul, MN 55165

Rep. Beard moved the H3667A1 Amendment.

Bob Eleff, House Research, red the following oral amendment.

Line 1.1, Delete "3667" and insert "3582"
Delete Line 1.2 and insert "Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:"
Line 1.3, Delete "3" and insert "1"
Line 1.7, Delete "section 216B.1692," and insert "sections 216B.1691 and 216B.682."

Rep. Beard incorporated the oral amendment.

Rep. Beard withdrew the amendment.

Rep. Falk requested a roll call.

Rep. Seifert renewed his motion that HF3582 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration.

There being 8 ayes and 14 nays, the motion did not prevailed the bill was not passed.

Voting in the affirmative: Westrom, Anderson, Beard, Gunther, Hackbarth, Magnus, Nornes, Seifert.

Voting in the negative: Hilty, Falk, Atkins, Bly, Brynaert, Hortman, Johnson, Kalin, Knuth, Kulick Jackson, Obermeuller, Persell, Sailer, Welti.

Absent: Hoppe

HF3429 (Welti) Large solar electric generation demonstration conservation improvement project provided.

Rep. Welti moved that HF3429 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Welti moved the H3429DE1 Amendment.

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Mr. Kenric Scheevel, Government Relations Representative
Dairyland Power Co-op
608-787-1246 (w) | 608-787-1420 (fax) |
kjs@dairynet.com
P.O. Box 817, La Crosse, WI 54602 | 608-788-4000
www.dairynet.com/contact_us

Rep. Beard moved the H3429A1 Amendment.

Rep. Westrom requested a roll call on the A1 amendment.

There being 7 ayes and 15 nays. The motion did not prevail. The amendment was not adopted.

Voting in the affirmative: Westrom, Anderson, Beard, Hackbarth, Magnus, Nornes, Seifert.

Voting in the negative: Hilty, Falk, Atkins, Bly, Brynaert, Gunther, Hortman, Johnson, Kalin, Knuth, Kulick Jackson, Obermeuller, Persell, Sailer, Welti.

Absent: Hoppe

Rep. Welti moved the following oral amendment.

Line 1. 8, strike "two" and insert "five"

The motion prevailed. The oral amendment was adopted.

Rep. Welti renewed his motion that HF3429 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed to the General Register.

Rep. Falk moved approval of the minutes of March 10. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

4:31 p.m. - The meeting was adjourned.


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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3493 (Hilty) - Rates charged to low-income customers regulated, and inverted block rates provided.
  • HF3641 (Welti) - Community-based energy development program modified.
  • HF3640 (Eken) - Advance determination allowed for prudence determination by Public Utilities Commission for certain environmental projects of a public utility.
  • HF3429 (Welti) - Large solar electric generation demonstration conservation improvement project provided.
  • HF3582 (Seifert) - 2025 renewable energy standards abolished, and clarifying changes made.
  • HF3667 (Hilty) - Electric generating plant emission reduction programs modified.