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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Nineteenth Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 23, 2009

State of Minnesota Nineteenth Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Sixth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the nineteenth meeting to order at 3:02 PM on March 23, 2009 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
Hoppe, Joe
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Obermueller, Mike
Persell, John
Sailer, Brita
Welti, Andy


A quorum was not present.

3:03 PM - A quorum was present.

HF1852 (Knuth) Renewable energy payment incentive period extended, payments directed to other projects from projects whose eligibility to receive payments expires, and money appropriated.

Handout: Lower St. Anthony Falls Hydroelectric Facility (1852Knuth.pdf)

Rep. Knuth moved that HF1852 be recommended to pass and be returned to the Committee on Finance

Rep. Knuth moved the H1852A1 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Knuth explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill.

Ms. Shannon Ames, Government Relations Manager U.S.
Brookfield Renewable Power
508-251-7670 (w) | 508-494-8870 © | 508-485-5207 (fax) |
shannon.ames@brookfieldpower.com
200 Donald Lynch Blvd, Suite 300, Marlborough, MA 01752-4707
www.brookfieldpower.com

Mr. Jeremy de Fiebre, Operations Supervisor
Dept. of Commerce - Office of Energy Security
651-297-1221 (w) | 651-297-7891 (fax) |
jeremy.defiebre@state.mn.us
85 7th Place E, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
www.energy.mn.gov

Rep. Knuth renewed her motion that HF1852 as amended be recommended to pass and be returned to the Committee on Finance. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed.

Rep. Bly moved approval of the minutes of March 18, 2009. The motion prevailed.

3:18 PM

HF1623 (Kalin) Energy storage equipment and its installation in publicly owned buildings included in the definition of a qualifying solar electric project.

Rep. Kalin moved HF1623 for consideration in the omnibus bill

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Mr. Dan Thees, President
Energy Harvest Group
651-698-3087 (w) | 651-305-0891 (fax) |
dant@energyharvestgroup.com
www.energyharvestgroup.com

The bill was laid over.

3:24 PM

HF1992 (Johnson) Solar Cities initiative

Handout: Minneapolis Saint Paul Solar in the Cities (SolarInTheCities.pdf)

Rep. Johnson moved HF1992 for consideration in the omnibus bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Ms. Anne Hunt, Deputy Policy Director / Environment
St. Paul Mayor's Office
651-266-8520 (w) |
Anne.Hunt@ci.stpaul.mn.us
390 City Hall, 15 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN | 651-266-8520

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

The bill was laid over.

3:36 PM

HF1434 (Johnson) Mass transit zone for utility reinvestment and cost recovery created.

Rep. Johnson moved HF1434 for consideration in the omnibus bill.

Rep. Johnson moved the H1434A1 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Ms. Judy Poferl, Regional Vice President
Xcel Energy
612-330-6125 (w) | 612-708-4512 © |
judy.m.poferl@xcelenergy.com
414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993
www.xcelenergy.com

Handout: The Central Corridor Partnership (1434Johnson.pdf)

Rep. Johnson explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Mr. Greg Palmer, Director, Account Management
Xcel Energy
651-430-2959 (h) | 651-895-5364 © |
gregory.palmer@xcelenergy.com
414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993
www.xcelenergy.com

The bill was laid over as amended.

HF1478 (Sailer) Distributed energy resources regulated.

Rep. Sailer moved HF1478 for consideration in the omnibus bill

Rep. Sailer explained the bill.

Rep. Sailer moved the H1478A1 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

The bill was laid over as amended.

4:06 PM

HF1425 (Sailer) Renewable energy standard technology options modified for certain public utilities.

Rep. Sailer moved HF1425 for consideration in the omnibus bill

Rep. Sailer explained the bill.

Ms. Judy Poferl, Regional Vice President
Xcel Energy

Mr. Greg Palmer, Director, Account Management
Xcel Energy

Mr. Ralph Jacobson, CEO/President
Innovative Power Systems, Inc.
612-623-3246 (w) |
1153 16th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
www.ips-solar.com

The bill was laid over.

HF1533 (Sailer) Energy; Cost recovery for utility's renewable facilities and high-efficiency utility rate options provided.

Rep. Sailer moved HF1533 for consideration in the omnibus bill

Rep. Sailer explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Ms. Judy Poferl, Regional Vice President
Xcel Energy

Rep. Sailer moved the H1533A1 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

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

Mr. Greg Palmer, Director, Account Management
Xcel Energy

The bill was laid over as amended.

4:31 PM

HF1605 (Kalin) Conservation investment's incentive rate plans regulated.

Rep. Kalin moved HF1605 for consideration in the omnibus bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill.

Ms. Judy Poferl, Regional Vice President
Xcel Energy

Handout: H1605A1 amendment.

The bill was laid over.

4:52 PM - The meeting was adjourned.

Handouts:

Lower St. Anthony Falls Hydroelectric Facility (1852Knuth.pdf)
The Central Corridor Partnership (1434Johnson.pdf)
Xcel Energy Bills (1434Johnson1425Sailer.pdf)
Minneapolis Saint Paul Solar in the Cities (SolarInTheCities.pdf)
H1605A1 amendment.



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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF1852 (Knuth) Renewable energy payment incentive period extended, payments directed to other projects from projects whose eligibility to receive payments expires, and money appropriated.
HF1623 (Kalin) Energy storage equipment and its installation in publicly owned buildings included in the definition of a qualifying solar electric project.
HFXXXX (Johnson) Solar Cities initiative
HF1434 (Johnson) Mass transit zone for utility reinvestment and cost recovery created.
HF1478 (Sailer) Distributed energy resources regulated.
HF1425 (Sailer) Renewable energy standard technology options modified for certain public utilities.
HF1533 (Sailer) Energy; Cost recovery for utility's renewable facilities and high-efficiency utility rate options provided.
HF1605 (Kalin) Conservation investment's incentive rate plans regulated.