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Minnesota Legislature
2019-2020 Regular Session

NINETEENTH MEETING - Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division

March 21, 2019

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINETEENTH 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 meeting to order at 9:46 A.M. on, March 21, 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
Hornstein
Mahoney
Mekeland
Stephenson

Members excused:
Halverson


Vice Chair Long assumed the gavel at 9:47 A.M.


HF1251 (Wagenius) - University of Minnesota climate study funding provided, and money appropriated.

Chair Wagenius moved that HF 1251 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Testifying on HF 1251:
Chair Wagenius

Vice Chair Long laid over HF 1251 for possible inclusion.


Chair Wagenius assumed the gavel at 10:06 A.M.


HF2566 (Lippert) - Minnesota Green Bank energy study required, and money appropriated

Chair Wagenius moved that HF 2566 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Testifying on HF 2566:
Representative Lippert
Jeremy Kalin, Former State Representative
Megan Verdeja, Department of Commerce
Representative Swedzinski moved an oral amendment

Chair Wagenius moved an oral amendment to HF 2566 as follows: Page 2, delete section 1, paragraph c. Reletter the paragraphs in sequence. THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS INCORPORATED.

Chair Wagenius laid over HF 2566, as amended, for possible inclusion.


HF 1755 (Stephenson) – Metropolitan Council electric bus purchase required, and money appropriated

Chair Wagenius moved that HF 1755 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Testifying on HF 1755:
Representative Stephenson
Jim Pearson, Xcel Energy
Mona Meyer, Communication Workers of America

Representative Mekeland moved the HF1755A1 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Chair Wagenius laid over HF 1755 for possible inclusion.


HF 2618 (Stephenson) Demonstration grant program for the purchase of electric school buses

Chair Wagenius moved that HF 2618 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Testifying on HF 2618:
Representative Stephenson
Stacey S. Fujii, Great River Energy

Chair Wagenius laid over HF 2618 for possible inclusion.


HF 2625 (Long) Community solar gardens

Chair Wagenius moved that HF 2625 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Testifying on HF 2625:
Representative Long
Will Kenworthy, Vote Solar
Corrina Kumpe - SunShare
Jason Edens, Renewable Energy Alliance


The meeting recessed at 11:28 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 6:01 P.M.


Continued Testifying on HF 2625:
Gabe Chan, Citizen
Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, Cooperative Energy Producers
David Shaffer, Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association
Jamie Borell, IPS Solar
Will Georgia, Novel Energy Solutions

Public Testifying on HF 2625:
Joan Howe-Pullis, Pax Christi
Rick Evans, Xcel Energy
Joe Pereria, Citizens Utility Board
Elizabeth Dickenson, Board Member for Community Power Minnesota
Lauryn Schothorst, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Jean Comstock, St. Paul Climate Justice

Representative Mekeland moved the HF2625BEA-01 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF2625BEA-02 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF2625BEA-06 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF2625BEA-08 amendment and requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results are as follows:

AYES:
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Baker
Mekeland

NAYS:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Acomb
Bierman
Christensen
Hornstein
Stephenson

ABSTAIN:
Mahoney

ABSENT:
Boe
Garofalo
Halverson

On a vote of THREE AYES, SEVEN NAYS, ONE ABSTAIN and THREE ABSENT. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Baker moved the HF2625BEA-09 amendment and Representative Stephenson requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results are as follows:

AYES:
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Baker
Mekeland

NAYS:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Acomb
Bierman
Christensen
Hornstein
Mahoney
Stephenson

ABSENT:
Boe
Garofalo
Halverson

On a vote of THREE AYES, EIGHT NAYS and THREE ABSENT. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Baker moved the HF2625BEA-11 amendment and requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results are as follows:

AYES:
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Baker
Mahoney
Mekeland

NAYS:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Acomb
Bierman
Christensen
Hornstein
Stephenson

ABSENT:
Boe
Garofalo
Halverson

On a vote of FOUR AYES, SEVEN NAYS and THREE ABSENT. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Baker moved the HF2625BEA-12 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF2625BEA-13 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF2625BEA-14 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF2625BEA-15 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF2625BEA-16 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Stephenson moved the HF2625BEA-03 amendment and requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results are as follows:

AYES:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Acomb
Baker
Bierman
Christensen
Hornstein
Mahoney
Mekeland
Stephenson

NAYS:

ABSENT:
Boe
Garofalo
Halverson

On a vote of ELEVEN AYES, ZERO NAYS and THREE ABSENT. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved to table HF 2625 and requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results are as follows:

AYES:
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Baker
Mekeland

NAYS:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Acomb
Bierman
Christensen
Hornstein
Mahoney
Stephenson

ABSENT:
Boe
Garofalo
Halverson

On a vote of THREE AYES, EIGHT NAYS and THREE ABSENT. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Chair Wagenius laid over HF 2625, as amended, for possible inclusion.


The meeting adjourned at 9:09 P.M.





Rep. Jean Wagenius, Chair






Zachary Zimmerman
Committee Legislative Assistant




More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

HF 2625 (Long) Community solar gardens If you wish to provide public testimony please contact Mike Molzahn at mike.molzahn@house.mn

Bills Added:
  • HF1755 (Stephenson) - Metropolitan Council electric bus purchase required, and money appropriated.
  • HF2566 (Lippert) - Minnesota Green Bank energy study required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1251 (Wagenius) - University of Minnesota climate study funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF2625 (Long) - Community solar gardens; operational aspects amended, new category created, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF2618 (Stephenson) - Electric school bus demonstration grant program established, and money appropriated.
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01:36 - HF1251 (Wagenius) University of Minnesota climate study funding provided, and money appropriated. 20:11 - HF2566 (Lippert) Minnesota Green Bank energy study required, and money appropriated. 44:27 - HF1755 (Stephenson) Metropolitan Council electric bus purchase required, and money appropriated. 1:06:27 - HF2618 (Stephenson) Establishing a demonstration grant program for the purchase of an electric school bus; appropriating money. 1:16:44 - HF2625 (Long) Amending operational aspects of community solar gardens; creating a new category of community solar gardens; appropriating money. The Division recessed. Runs 1 hour, 41 minutes. No video available of the reconvening.