1.1.................... moves to amend H. F. No. 1214 as follows:
1.2Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:

1.3    "Section 1. [116J.9861] RURAL WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT
1.5    Subdivision 1. Establishment. A rural wind energy development revolving loan
1.6fund is established as an account in the special revenue fund in the state treasury. The
1.7commissioner of finance shall credit to the account the amounts authorized under this
1.8section and appropriations and transfers to the account. Earnings, such as interest,
1.9dividends, and any other earnings arising from fund assets must be credited to the account.
1.10    Subd. 2. Purpose. The rural wind energy development revolving loan fund
1.11is created to provide financial assistance, through partnership with local owners and
1.12communities, in development of community wind energy projects as defined in sections
1.13216B.1612 and 216B.2426.
1.14    Subd. 3. Expenditures. Money in the fund is appropriated to the commissioner of
1.15commerce, and may be used to provide qualifying owners of community energy projects,
1.16as defined in sections 216B.1612 and 216B.2426, with loans to assist in the funding of
1.17wind studies and transmission interconnection studies. The loans shall be structured for
1.18repayment within six months of operations of the project.
1.19    Subd. 4. Limitations. A loan may not be approved for an amount in excess of
1.20$100,000. This limit covers all money paid to complete the same project, whether paid to
1.21one or more qualifying owners and whether paid in one or more fiscal years.
1.22    Subd. 5. Eligible projects. Assistance to community wind energy projects must
1.23be evaluated on the existence of the following conditions:
1.24    (1) the project can demonstrate substantial benefits to qualifying owners;
1.25    (2) the project can demonstrate likelihood of development of the community wind
1.26energy project and the leveraging of private funds if assistance is provided; and
2.1    (3) the project can demonstrate that assistance is necessary for the development of
2.2the community wind energy project.

2.4    (a) The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment at the University
2.5of Minnesota shall make a grant to a nonprofit organization with experience dealing
2.6with energy and community wind issues to design and implement a rural wind energy
2.7development assistance program. The program must be designed to maximize rural
2.8economic development and stabilize rural community institutions, including hospitals and
2.9schools, by increasing the income of local residents and increasing local tax revenues. The
2.10grant may be disbursed in two installments. The program must provide assistance to rural
2.11entities seeking to develop wind energy electric generation projects and to sell the energy
2.12from the projects. Among other strategies, the program must consider combining rural
2.13entities and others into groups with the size and market power necessary for planning and
2.14developing significant rural wind energy projects.
2.15    (b) The program must provide assistance by, among other things:
2.16    (1) providing legal, engineering, and financial services;
2.17    (2) identifying target communities with favorable wind resources, community
2.18interest, and local political support;
2.19    (3) providing assistance to reserve, obtain, and assure the maintenance over time of
2.20wind turbines;
2.21    (4) creating market opportunities for utilities to meet their renewable energy
2.22obligations through purchases of rural community wind;
2.23    (5) assisting in the negotiation of fair power purchase agreements;
2.24    (6) facilitating transmission interconnection and delivery of energy from rural and
2.25community wind projects; and
2.26    (7) lowering the market risk facing potential wind investors by supporting local wind
2.27development from start to finish.
2.28    The grantee must demonstrate an ability to sustain program functions with ongoing
2.29revenue from sources other than state funding and shall provide a 35 percent grant match.
2.30The grant must be awarded on a competitive basis. The commission shall use best
2.31practices regarding grant management functions, including selection and monitoring of
2.32the grantee, compliance review, and financial oversight. Grant management fees shall be
2.33limited to 2.5 percent of the grant.

2.34    Sec. 3. APPROPRIATION.
2.35    (a) $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2008 and $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2009 are appropriated
2.36from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for its
3.1Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment for the purpose of making the
3.2grant under section 2. This is a onetime appropriation and is not added to the agency's
3.3budget base.
3.4    (b) $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2008 and $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2009 are
3.5appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Commerce for deposit with the
3.6rural wind energy development revolving loan fund created under section 1. This is a
3.7onetime appropriation and is not added to the department's budget base."
3.8Amend the title accordingly