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THIRTY-THIRD MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - Tuesday, February 15, 2022

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-THIRD MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION


CLIMATE AND ENERGY FINANCE AND POLICY MINUTES

Representative Jamie Long, Chair of the Committee on Climate and Energy Finance and Policy, called the virtual meeting to order at 10:30 AM on February 15th, 2022 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Long, Jamie, Chair
Acomb, Patty, Vice Chair
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Bierman, Robert
Boe, Greg
Christensen, Shelly
Franson, Mary
Gruenhagen, Glenn
Hollins, Athena
Hornstein, Frank
Igo, Spencer
Lee, Fue
Lippert, Todd
Lislegard, Dave
Mekeland, Shane
Munson, Jeremy
Stephenson, Zack

A quorum was present.

Bills not introduced at the time of the meeting are indicated by the House Research or Revisor code.

Presenting on an update to electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Minnesota:
• Tim Sexton, Assistant Commissioner, MN DOT

Presenting on the electric vehicle market and businesses in Minnesota:
• Jukka Kukkonen, Shift2Electric
• Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Drive Electric MN
• Andy Snope, Legislative and Political Director, IBEW 292
• Megan Hoye, VP for Business Development and Policy, ZEF Electric

Representative Stephenson presented HF 1668, a bill for an act relating to electric vehicles; establishing preference for purchase of electric vehicles for state fleet; requiring certification of training of motor vehicle dealer employees; providing rebates for electric vehicle purchases; requiring certain utilities to file plans with the Public Utilities Commission to promote electric vehicles; awarding grants to automobile dealers to defray cost of manufacturer certification allowing electric vehicle sales; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 16B.24, by adding a subdivision; 16C.135, subdivision 3; 16C.137, subdivision 1; 168.27, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 216B; 216C.

Testifying on HF 1668:
• Amber Backhaus, VP for Public Affairs, MN Automobile Dealers Association
• John Reynolds, State Director, National Federation of Independent Business
• Deb Erwin, Director of Policy and Program Planning for Clean Transportation, Xcel Energy
• Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow, American Experiment
• Mike Bull, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Minnesota Rural Electric Association

Representative Bierman presented HF 1853, a bill for an act relating to electric vehicles; requiring installation of electric vehicle charging stations in state parks; appropriating money.

Testifying on HF 1853:
• Phil Leversedge, Deputy Director Parks and Trails, Minnesota DNR
• Molly Malone, County Commissioner, Murray County

Representative Bierman presented house research BE 154, a bill for an act relating to transportation; providing financial assistance for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in trunk highway rest areas; appropriating money

Testifying on HR BE 154:
• Erik Rudeen, Legislative Liaison, MN DOT

The meeting was adjourned at 11:56 AM.

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Representative Jamie Long, Chair

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Mike Hermanson, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1668 (Stephenson) - Electric vehicle purchase preference established for state fleet, motor vehicle dealer employee training certification required, rebates provided for electric vehicle purchases, utilities required to file plans with the Public Utilities Commission to promote electric vehicles, grants awarded to automobile dealers to defray cost of manufacturer certification allowing electric vehicle sales, and money appropriated.
  • HF1853 (Bierman) - Electric vehicle charging station installation in state parks required, and money appropriated.
  • HF2234 (Boe) - Electric vehicle charging stations required at county government centers, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
View Archive

01:25 - Electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Minnesota.
19:14 - Electric vehicle market and businesses in Minnesota.
51:42 - HF1668 (Stephenson) EV preference, rebates, promotion, grants, etc (informational hearing).
1:14:47 - HF1853 (Bierman) Electric vehicle charging station installation in state parks required, and money appropriated (informational hearing).
1:21:37 - BE 154/HFXXXX (Bierman) Relating to transportation; providing financial assistance for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in trunk highway rest areas; appropriating money (informational hearing).
Runs 1 hour, 26 minutes.


Update on electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Minnesota
Update on electric vehicle market and businesses in Minnesota
Update on electric vehicle legislation from last year's omnibus bill
*Informational Hearing on HF 1668 (Stephenson) EV preference, rebates, promotion, grants, etc.
*Informational Hearing on HF 1853 (Bierman) EV charging in MN State Parks
*Informational Hearing on HF 2234 (Boe) EV charging at County Government Centers
*These are updates from members on EV bills that were in our Omnibus last session. No action will be taken.
Informational Hearing on BE 154 / HF XXX (Bierman) EV charging at rest stops
Informational Hearing on AS 080 / HF XXX (Long) EV ready buildings
Bills may be added to the agenda.

This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01.

If you wish to submit written testimony, please send it to Mike.Molzahn@house.mn by noon the day before the meeting.

Meeting documents will be posted on the committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92008

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

All events are closed-captioned.

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