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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirty-Ninth Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 10, 2010

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

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the thirty-ninth meeting to order at 3:02 p.m. on March 10, 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
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

Members absent:
Hoppe, Joe

A quorum was present.

Rep. Obermeuller moved approval of the minutes of March 8, 2010. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

HF3473 (Sailer) Small city energy efficiency grant program expanded to include commercial buildings.

Rep. Sailer moved that HF3473 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Sailer explained the bill.

Rep. Sailer renewed her motion that HF3473 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed and placed on the General Register.

3:07 p.m.

HF3499 (Johnson) Minneapolis, St. Paul; cities authorized to expand certain residential energy conservation programs to include commercial and industrial property.

Handouts: Energy Savings Made Easy, City of St. Paul

Rep. Johnson moved that HF3499 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Johnson explained the bill.

Testifying on the bill:
Ms. Cathy Polasky, Director of Economic Policy & Development
City of Minneapolis
612-673-5159 (w) |
cathy.polasky@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1383
www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us

Rep. Johnson renewed his motion that HF3499 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed and place on the General Register.

HF1741 (Hilty) Cromwell; energy-efficient furnace and light bulb funding provided, and money appropriated.

Handouts: Proposed Spreadsheet for Supplemental Energy Finance bill
Lung Association Letter
Corn Growers Letter
Freeborn County Coop Letter
E85 Pumps State Rankings
E85 Grant Awards


Rep. Hilty moved that HF1741 be recommended to pass and be returned to the Committee on Finance.

Rep. Hilty moved the A10-2300 Amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Ron Soderberg, House Fiscal Analyst, walked through the bill’s spreadsheet.

Members asked questions.

Responding to questions:
Mr. Manny Muson-Regala, Deputy Commissioner of Market
Dept. of Commerce
651-296-4051 (w) |
manny.munson-regala@state.mn.us
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.commerce.state.mn.us

Rep. Hackbarth moved the A20-2316 amendment.

Rep. Hackbarth explained the amendment.

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

Members discussed the amendment.

Rep. Hackbarth requested a roll call.

There being 8 ayes and 14 nays, the motion did not prevail. The amendment was not adopted.

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

4:01 p.m.

Rep. Westrom moved the H1741A1 amendment.

Rep. Westrom explained the A1 amendment.

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

Members discussed the amendment.

Answering questions:
Ms. Amy Bicek, Operations Supervisor
Dept. of Commerce - Office of Energy Security
651-296-2429 (w) | 651-297-7891 (fax) |
amy.bicek@state.mn.us
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.energy.mn.gov
Mr. Vincent Chavez
Dept. of Commerce - Office of Energy Security
651-296-0404 (w) | 651-297-7891 (fax) |
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.energy.mn.gov

Rep. Westrom requested a roll call.

There being 7 ayes and 14 nays, the motion did not prevail. The amendment was not adopted.

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

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

Absent: Hoppe, Hackbarth.

4:23 p.m.

Testifying on the bill:
Ms. Kelly Marczak, Director, Clean Fuel & Vehicle Technologies
American Lung Association
651-268-7590 (w) | 651-343-6424 (c) | 651-281-0242 (fax) |
kelly.marczak@LungMN.org
490 Concordia Ave, St. Paul, MN 55103
www.CleanAirChoice.org | www.LungUM.org

4:27 p.m.

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF1741 be recommended to pass as amended and be returned to the Committee on Finance.

Rep. Westrom requested a roll call.

There being 14 ayes and 7 nays the bill was passed and returned to the committee on Finance.

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

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

Absent: Hoppe, Hackbarth

4:32 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:
  • HF1741 (Hilty) - Cromwell; energy-efficient furnace and light bulb funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3473 (Sailer) - Small city energy efficiency grant program expanded to include commercial buildings.
  • HF3499 (Johnson) - Minneapolis, St. Paul; cities authorized to expand certain residential energy conservation programs to include commercial and industrial property.

An amendment will be offered to replace the language in HF1741 with the Department of Commerce Supplemental Budget language. The spreadsheet and amendment language will be posted online when available.

If needed, the committee will recess at 4:30pm and reconvene at 6:00pm