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Climate and Energy Finance and Policy

FORTY SECOND MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - Thursday, March 17, 2022

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY SECOND 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 March 17th, 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
Stephenson, Zack

Excused:
Munson, Jeremy

A quorum was present.

Presenting on Solar on Schools:
• Kevin Lee, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce
• Rick Evans, Director of Regional Government Affairs, Xcel Energy

Representative Bierman presented HF 3905, a bill for an act relating to energy; appropriating money to install preweatherization measures in eligible low-income households.

Representative Bierman moved that HF 3905 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Representative Bierman moved the HF3905DE5 amendment, THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Testifying on HF 3905:
• Bill Grant, Executive Director, Minnesota Community Action Partnership
• Scott Zahorik, Executive Director, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency

Representative Bierman renewed his motion that HF 3905, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion.

Representative Lippert presented HF 2624, a bill for an act relating to energy; modifying the property assessed clean energy program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 216C.435, subdivision 8; 216C.436, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision.

Representative Lippert moved that HF 2624 be re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Representative Lippert moved the HF2624DE1 amendment, THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 2624:
• Pete Klein, Vice President of Finance, St. Paul Port Authority
• Brad Jordahl Redlin, Manager, MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

Representative Lippert renewed his motion that HF 2624, as amended, be re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Representative Lippert requested a roll call on his motion that HF 2624, as amended, be re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

AYES:
Long
Acomb
Bierman
Boe
Christensen
Hollins
Hornstein
Lee
Lippert
Lislegard
Stephenson

NAYS:
Swedzinski
Franson
Gruenhagen
Igo
Mekeland

EXCUSED:
Munson

There being 11 ayes, 5 nays, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Hollins presented HF 1289, a bill for an act relating to energy; modifying provisions providing for a participant's compensation in certain Public Utilities Commission proceedings; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216B.16, subdivision 10.

Representative Hollins moved that HF 1289 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Representative Hollins moved the HF1289DE1 amendment, THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF1289:
• Annie Levenson-Falk, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota
• Pam Marshall, Executive Director, Energy CENTS Coalition

Representative Hollins moved that HF1289, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:59 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:
  • HF3905 (Bierman) - Preweatherization measure installation in eligible low-income household funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF2624 (Lippert) - Property assessed clean energy program modified.
  • HF1289 (Hollins) - Public Utilities Commission proceedings participant compensation provisions modified.
House TV Video:
View Archive

01:21 - Presentation on Solar on Schools.
-Department of Commerce and Xcel Energy.
25:59 - HF3905 (Bierman) Preweatherization measure installation in eligible low-income household funding provided, and money appropriated.
1:03:09 - HF2624 (Lippert) Property assessed clean energy program modified.
1:13:18 - HF1289 (Hollins) Public Utilities Commission proceedings participant compensation provisions modified.
Runs 1 hour, 29 minutes.


Update from Commerce and Xcel on Solar on Schools
HF3905 (Bierman) - Preweatherization measure installation in eligible low-income household funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2624 (Lippert) - Property assessed clean energy program modified.
HF1289 (Hollins) - Public Utilities Commission proceedings participant compensation provisions modified.

*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 or testify via Zoom, please send the written testimony or the request to testify 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

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