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SEVENTH MEETING - Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA SEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

ENERGY AND CLIMATE FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Jean Wagenius, Chair of the Energy and Climate Finance & Policy Division, called the first meeting to order at 9:46 A.M. on, February 5, 2019, in room 120 of the Capitol Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll. A quorum was present.

Members present:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Acomb
Baker
Bierman
Boe
Christensen
Garofalo
Halverson
Hornstein
Mahoney
Mekeland
Stephenson

Members excused:
Rarick

Representative Stephenson moved adoption of the January 31, 2019 minutes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Ric O’Connell, Executive Director of GridLab, presented to the committee on Minnesota’s Smarter Grid report.

Rep. Long presented to the committee on HF 700 Extending Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard; increasing the proportion of energy that must come from renewable sources and setting target dates by which those goals must be achieved.

The committee heard public testimony on HF 700 Extending Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard:

Anna Grace Hottinger; Minnesota Can't Wait, 42A
Lia Harel; Minnesota Can't Wait, 44B
Maddy Fernands; Minnesota Can't Wait, Edina High School, 49A
Michael Noble; Executive Director, Fresh Energy
Beth Soholt; Executive Director, Clean Grid Alliance
Dr. Mike Menzel; Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
Isaac Orr; Policy Fellow, Center for the American Experiment
Jessice Tritsch; Sierra Club
Gregg Mast; Executive Director, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota
Kevin Lee; Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Julia Nerbonne; Executive Director, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light
Sheila Lamb; MN350
Mark Bohnhorst; Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light
Kenric Scheevel, Government Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Bryan Draxten; Ottertail Power Company

The meeting recessed at 11:17 A.M.

Meeting reconvened at 4:31 P.M.

Representative Long continued taking questions from the committee on HF 700 Extending Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard.

The committee continued hearing public testimony on HF 700 Extending Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard:

Juwaria Jama; Minnesota Can't Wait
Eric Pasi; Chief Development Officer, IPS Solar
Will Georgia; Novel Energy Solutions
Kathleen Doran-Norton; Bridgewater Township
Thor Underdahl; Minnesota Power
Vicki O'Day; Development Director, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
Rev. Sarah Campbell; Mayflower Community Congregation
Nic Baker; Sierra Club
Kelsey Johnson; President, Iron Mining Association
Kevin Corrado; Minneapolis, MN
Delaney Russell; Minneapolis, MN
Kent Sulem; Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association
Rob Scott-Hovland; Missouri River Energy Services
Stuart Henry; Minneapolis, MN
Jon Brekke; Great River Energy
Christopher P. Schoenherr; Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Rick Evans; Xcel Energy
Joe Pereira; Regulatory Director, Citizens Utility Board
Steve Vrchota; Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management
Bree Halverson; Blue Green Alliance
Don Arnosti; Izaak Walton League
Dave McNary; Hennepin County Environment and Energy Division
Victoria Reinhardt; Ramsey County Board of Commissioners
Max Jay-Dixon; Minneapolis, MN
Lauryn Schothorst; Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Rose Thelen; Clearwater, MN
Liam McCormick; Minneapolis, MN
Moira Walsh; Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Emilia Gonzalez Avalos; Executive Director, Unidos Minnesota
Miranda; Emilia’s Daughter, Richfield, MN
Sean Gosiewski; Alliance for Sustainability
Mayor Jacob Frey; Minneapolis, MN

The meeting adjourned at 6:22 P.M.




Rep. Jean Wagenius, Chair




Zachary Zimmerman
Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

Minnesota’s Smarter Grid Ric O’Connell, Executive Director, GridLab Informational hearing on HF 700 (Long) Extending Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard; increasing the proportion of energy that must come from renewable sources and setting target dates by which those goals​ must be achieved The committee will recess and reconvene at 4:30 p.m. in 120 State Capitol to continue taking public testimony if necessary. Those wishing to testify should contact Mike Molzahn at mike.molzahn@house.mn to assure a spot.

Bills Added:
  • HF700 (Long) - Biomass definition as an eligible energy technology modified, proportion of energy that electricity-generating utilities must supply from renewable sources increased, and target dates by which goals must be achieved set.
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00:40 - Minnesota’s Smarter Grid . - Ric O’Connell, Executive Director, GridLab. 20:35 - Informational presentation of HF700 (Long) Biomass definition as an eligible energy technology modified, proportion of energy that electricity-generating utilities must supply from renewable sources increased, and target dates by which goals must be achieved set. 47:38 - Public testimony. The Division recessed. Runs 1 hour, 31 minutes.