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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirty-Eighth Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 08, 2010

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

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the thirty-eighth meeting to order at 3:14 p.m on March, 8, 2010 in the Basement hearing room of the State office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Hilty, Bill
Falk, Andrew
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

Members excused:

Westrom, Torrey

A quorum was present.

Rep. Brynaert moved approval of the minutes of March 3, 2010. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

HF3254 (Kelly) Siting wind energy conversion systems provisions modified, and county authority modified to enact siting standards for wind energy conversion systems.

Rep. Gunther moved HF3254 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register

Rep. Gunther moved the H3254A1 Amendment.

Members discussed the A1 amendment.

Bob Eleff, House Research, explained the A1 amendment.

Testifying on the A1 amendment:
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

The motion prevailed. The A1 amendment was adopted.

3:29 p.m.

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Commissioner Ted Seifert
Goodhue County
651-388-3268 (w) |
533 9th Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
www.co.goodhue.mn.us

3:32 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

3:34 p.m.
Mr. Adam Sokolski
Iberdrola Renewables
612-840-6811 (w) |
North American HQ, 1125 NW Couch Street, Suite 700, Portland, OR 97209 | 503-796-7000
www.iberdrolarenewables.us
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

3:46 p.m.

Members discussed the bill.

Rep. Gunther renewed his motion that HF3254 as amended be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. The motion failed.

A division was called. There being 6 ayes and 11 nays, the motion failed.

HF3259 (Beard) Utility's requirement modified to post notice of impending disconnection of utility services to a rental building due to a landlord's failure to pay for service.

Rep. Beard moved that HF3259 be recommended to pass and be placed on the Consent Calendar.

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Mr. Ron Elwood, Staff Attorney
Legal Services Advocacy Project
651-222-3749 ext. 109 (w) | 612-636-2114 (c) | 651-603-2750 (fax) |
relwood@mnlsap.org
Midtown Commons, Suite 101, 2324 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114 | 651-222-3749
www.lsapmn.org

Rep. Beard renewed his motion that HF3259 be recommended to pass and be placed on the Consent Calendar. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed and placed on the Consent Calendar.

3:55 p.m.

HF1633 (Clark) Energy facility definition amended.

Handout: Hiawatha Project Map

The Chair moved that HF1633 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

The Chair moved the H1633D2 Amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Clark explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Ms. Paula Maccabee, Attorney-at-Law
Just Change Consulting
651-646-8890 (w) | 651-775-7128 (c) | 651-646-5754 (fax) |
pmaccabee@visi.com
1961 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
www.justchangeconsulting.com
Councilmember Robert Lilligren
City of Minneapolis
(612) 673-2206 (w) |
Robert.Lilligren@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1383
www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us

4:08 p.m.
Mr. Tim Springer, Executive Director
Midtown Greenway Coalition
612-879-0105 (w) | 612-879-0104 (fax) |
2834 10th Avenue South, Greenway Level, Suite 2, Minneapolis, MN 55407 | 612-879-0103
www.midtowngreenway.org

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

Testifying in favor of the bill:
Ms. Angelina Matias-Vazquez
Phillips Environmental Steering Committee Initiative
612-940-5515 (w) |

4:21 p.m.
Ms. Carol Pass, President
East Phillips Improvement Coalition
612-280-8418 (w) |
2536 18th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
www.eastphillips-epic.com

Testifying against the bill:

Mr. Jim Alders, Director of Regulatory Administration
Xcel Energy
414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993
www.xcelenergy.com

The Chair renewed his motion that HF1633 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Hackbarth called for a roll call vote.

There being 12 ayes and 7 nays the bill was passed and place on the General Register.

Voting in the affirmative: Hilty, Falk, Bly, Brynaert, Hortman, Johnson, Knuth, Kulick Jackson, Magnus, Obermueller, Persell, Sailer.

Voting in the negative: Anderson, Beard, Hackbarth, Hoppe, Nornes, Seifert, Welti.

Abstaining: Kalin

Absent: Westrom, Atkins, Gunther.

4:37 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:
  • HF3254 (Kelly) - Siting wind energy conversion systems provisions modified, and county authority modified to enact siting standards for wind energy conversion systems.
  • HF3259 (Beard) - Utility's requirement modified to post notice of impending disconnection of utility services to a rental building due to a landlord's failure to pay for service.
  • HF1633 (Clark) - Energy facility definition amended.
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