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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirty-Seventh Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 03, 2010

State of Minnesota Thirty-Seventh Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Sixth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Andrew Falk, Chair, called the thirty-seventh meeting to order at 3:07 p.m. on March 3, 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
Beard, Michael
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
HORTMAN, Melissa
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Nornes, Bud
Obermueller, Mike
Persell, John
Sailer, Brita
SEIFERT, Marty
Welti, Andy

Members absent:

Atkins, Joe
Magnus, Doug

A quorum was present.

Rep. Persell moved approval of the minutes of March 1, 2010. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

HF3125 (Hilty) Route permits for high-voltage transmission lines granting regulated.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF3125 as amended be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register

(Note: The H3125DE1 Amendment was adopted as amended at the March 1 meeting.)

Rep. Hilty moved the H3125A2 Amendment

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF3125 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended and placed on the General Register.

3:11 p.m.

HF3009 (Hilty) Utility report filings, hydrogen energy projects, weatherization programs, public utility commission assessments, and utility metering for supportive housing made technical changes; individuals and entities authorized to take certain easements in agricultural land.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF3009 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Hilty moved to delete Section 7. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

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 renewed his motion that HF3009 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended and placed on the General Register.

3:17 p.m.

Rep. Hilty assumed the gavel.

HF2019 (Falk) Wind energy conversion systems capacity over which counties have authority to issue site permits increased.

Rep. Falk moved that HF2019 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register

Rep. Falk moved the H2019DE1 Amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Falk explained the bill and stood for questions.

Testifying on the bill:
Dr. Burl Haar, Executive Secretary
Public Utility Commission
651-201-2222 (w) | 651.297.7073 (fax) |
Burl.Haar@state.mn.us
121 7th Place E., Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101-2147 | 651.296.7124
www.puc.state.mn.us

Rep. Falk renewed his motion that HF2019 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended and placed on the General Register.

3:28 p.m.

HF3033 (Rukavina) Rebate program established for solar photovoltaic modules, and money appropriated.

The chair moved HF3033 for consideration.

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Mr. John Carroll
Newport Partners
949-533-3934 (c) | 949-585-0449 (fax) |
jcarroll@newportpartners.com
9 Cushing, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92618
www.newportpartners.com

Testifying on the bill:

Mr. Joel Cannon, CEO
tenKsolar
952-303-7610 (w) | 612-801-7002 (c) | 952-303-7601 (fax) |
jcannon@tenKsolar.com
9549 Penn Ave S, Suite D, Bloomington, MN 55431 | 952-303-7600
www.tenKsolar.com

The bill was laid over.

HF2019 (Falk) Wind energy conversion systems capacity over which counties have authority to issue site permits increased.

The chair moved that the vote by which HF2019 was recommended pass and placed on the General Register be reconsidered. The motion prevailed.

Testifying against the bill:
Mr. Bill Glahn, Deputy Commissioner
Dept. of Commerce - Office of Energy Security

4:12 p.m.
Ms. Deborah Pile, Supervisor - Energy Facility Permitting
Dept. of Commerce - Office of Energy Security
651-297-2375 (w) | 651-297-7891 (fax) |
deborah.pile@state.mn.us
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.energy.mn.gov
Ms. Annalee Garletz, Policy Analyst
Association of Minnesota Counties
651-789-4322 (w) | 651-224-6540 (fax) |
125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103-2108 | 651-224-3344
www.mncounties.org

Bob Eleff, House Research, explained MN Statutes § 216F.012.

Rep. Falk renewed his motion that HF2019 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended and placed on the General Register.

4:30 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:
  • HF3033 (Rukavina) - Spent nuclear fuel storage fee modified, rebate program established for solar photovoltaic modules, and money appropriated.
  • HF3228 (Rukavina) - Renewable energy source conversion grant program created for municipal utilities and cooperative electric associations, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF3125 (Hilty) - Route permits for high-voltage transmission lines granting regulated.
  • HF3009 (Hilty) - Utility report filings, hydrogen energy projects, weatherization programs, public utility commission assessments, and utility metering for supportive housing technical changes made, and obsolete and redundant language removed.
  • HF2019 (Falk) - Wind energy conversion system size election allowed.