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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Twenty-Seventh Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 15, 2009

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

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the Twenty-Seventh meeting to order at 2:56 PM on April 15, 2009 in the Basement hearing room of the State office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:


Hilty, Bill
Falk, Andrew
Anderson, Bruce
Beard, Michael
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Obermueller, Mike
Persell, John
Sailer, Brita
Welti, Andy


Members excused:
Westrom, Torrey

Members absent:
Hoppe, Joe
Atkins, Joe

A quorum was present.

Rep. Johnson moved approval of the minutes of April, 6, 2002. The motion prevailed.

HF1744 (Hilty) Technology accessibility standards created for the state, rulemaking authorized, advisory committee established for technology standards for accessibility and usability, report required, and money appropriated.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Ms. Jamie Taylor, Technology and Access Specialist
Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
444 Lafayette Rd N, St. Paul, MN 55155-3814
www.mncdhh.org, ww.dhhsd.org

Mr. Steve Jacobsen, Vice Chair, Technology Committee
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 | 410-659-9314
www.nfb.org/nfb

3:08 PM

Rep. Hilty moved that HF1744 be recommended to pass and be returned to Finance.

Rep. Hilty explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Ms. Mary Hartnett, Executive Director
Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
651-431-5965 (w) | 651-431-7588 (fax) |
mary.hartnett@state.mn.us
444 Lafayette Rd N, St. Paul, MN 55155-3814
www.mncdhh.org, ww.dhhsd.org

Testifying against the bill:

Ms. Diane Wells, Manager, Telecommunications Division
Dept. of Commerce
651-284-4213 (w) |
diane.wells@state.mn.us
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.commerce.state.mn.us

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF 1744 be recommended to pass and returned to Finance.

HF932 (Bly) Rate schedule for renewable energy projects established, reports required.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Mr. Mike Michaud, VP Engineering
Juhl Wind
715-448-4510 (w) | 651-380-3522 (c) |
mike@juhlwind.com
996 190th Ave, Woodstock, MN 56186 | 877-584-5946
www.juhlwind.com

3:43 PM

Mr. John Curry, Policy Director
Audubon Minnesota
651-739-9332 (w) | 651-253-5691 (c) | 651-731-1330 (fax) |
jcurry@audubon.org
2357 Ventura Dr, Suite 106, St. Paul, MN 55125 | 651-731-1330
www.audubon.org

Testifying against the bill:

Mr. Glen Skarbakka, Manager of Resource Planning
Great River Energy
763-445-6120 (w) | 952-484-1708 (c) | 763-445-5248 (fax) |
gskarbakka@GREnergy.com
12300 Elm Creek Blvd, Maple Grove, MN 55369-4718

Mr. Lee Sundberg, Director of Government Affairs
Minnesota Rural Electric Association
763-424-7238 (w) | 763-439-2511 (c) | 763-424-5820 (fax) |
lee@mrea.org
11640 73rd Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-424-1020
www.mrea.org

Ms. Betsy Engelking, Director of Resource Planning and Acquisition
Xcel Energy
414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993
www.xcelenergy.com

4:30 PM - The meeting was adjourned.






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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF1744 (Hilty) Technology accessibility standards created for the state, rulemaking authorized, advisory committee established for technology standards for accessibility and usability, report required, and money appropriated.
HF932 (Bly) Rate schedule for renewable energy projects established, reports required.