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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Forty-First Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 19, 2010

State of Minnesota Forty-First Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Sixth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the forty-first meeting to order at 10:48 p.m. on March 19, 2010 in the Basement hearing room of the State office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Hilty, Bill
Falk, Andrew
Westrom, Torrey
Beard, Michael
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Magnus, Doug
Obermueller, Mike
Sailer, Brita
SEIFERT, Marty
Welti, Andy

Members excused:
Anderson, Bruce
Persell, John
Gunther, Bob
HORTMAN, Melissa
Atkins, Joe
Nornes, Bud

A quorum was present.

Rep. Falk moved approval of the minutes of March 17, 2010. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

HF3641 (Welti) Community-based energy development program modified.

Rep. Welti moved that HF3641 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Welti moved the H3641A2 Amendment.

Rep. Welti explained the A2 amendment.

The motion prevailed the amendment was adopted.

Rep. Welti moved the H3641A6 Amendment.

Rep. Welti explained the A6 amendment.

The motion prevailed. A6 amendment was adopted, including language written in on Line 1.3.

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
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

Byron Christoffer, Landowner. Worthington, MN
Mr. Dan Juhl, CEO
Juhl Wind
dan@juhlwind.com
996 190th Ave, Woodstock, MN 56186 | 877-584-5946
www.juhlwind.com

Members discussed the bill.

11:37 a.m.

Bob Eleff, House Research, addressed some questions about ownership requirements of a C-BED.

Rep. Falk moved the following oral amendment

Lines 3.23-3.24, Reinstate the stricken language.

The motion did not prevail.

Rep. Welti renewed his motion that HF3641 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed to the General Register.

11:52 p.m.

HF3493 (Hilty) Rates charged to low-income customers regulated, and inverted block rates provided.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF3493 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Hilty moved the H3493A2 Amendment.

Rep. Hilty moved the following oral amendment.

Lines 1.9, after "usage" insert "residential".

The motion prevailed. The oral amendment to the A2 amendment was adopted.

The motion prevailed. The A2 amendment was adopted as amended.

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

Rep. Westrom moved the H3493A1 Amendment (light bulbs)

Rep. Hoppe requested for a roll call vote:

There being 6 ayes and 8 ayes, the motion did not prevail. The amendment was not adopted.

Voting in the affirmative: Westrom, Beard, Hoppe, Kulick Jackson, Seifert, Welti.

Voting in the negative: Hilty, Falk, Bly, Brynaert, Kalin, Knuth, Obermueller, Sailer.

Absent: Anderson, Atkins, Gunther, Hackbarth, Hortman, Johnson, Magnus, Nornes, Persell

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF3493 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. There being 9 ayes and 5 nays the bill was passed to the General Register.

Voting in the affirmative: Hilty, Falk, Bly, Brynaert, Kalin, Knuth, Kulick Jackson, Obermueller, Sailer.

Voting in the negative: Westrom, Beard, Hoppe, Seifert, Welti.

Absent: Anderson, Atkins, Gunther, Hackbarth, Hortman, Johnson, Magnus, Nornes, Persell

12:22 p.m.

HF3667 (Hilty) Electric generating plant emission reduction programs modified.

Rep. Hilty moves that HF3667 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register

Rep. Hilty moved the H3667A4 Amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Ms. Margaret Hodnik, Vice President, Regulatory &
Minnesota Power
218-723-3966 (w) | 218-591-8623 (c) | 218-723-3983 (fax) |
mhodnik@mnpower.com
30 West Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802-2093 | 218-722-5642
www.mnpower.com

Testifying on 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

12:32 p.m.

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF3667 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed to the General Register.


12:30 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:
  • HF3641 (Welti) - Community-based energy development program modified.
  • HF3493 (Hilty) - Rates charged to low-income customers regulated, and inverted block rates provided.
  • HF3667 (Hilty) - Electric generating plant emission reduction programs modified.