.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 863, as amended by the delete everything
amendment (A09-0329), as follows:
Page 16, after line 29, insert:
"Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 216C.052, subdivision 2, is amended to
Subd. 2. Administrative issues.
(a) The commissioner may select the administrator.
The administrator must have
at least five years of
experience working as a power systems
or transmission planner, or in a position dealing with power system
reliability issues, and may not have been a party or a participant in a commission energy
proceeding for at least one year prior to selection by the commissioner. The commissioner
shall oversee and direct the work of the administrator, annually review the expenses of the
administrator, and annually approve the budget of the administrator. The administrator
may hire staff and may contract for technical expertise in performing duties when existing
state resources are required for other state responsibilities or when special expertise is
required. The salary of the administrator is governed by section
15A.0815, subdivision 2
(b) Costs relating to a specific proceeding, analysis, or project are not general
administrative costs. For purposes of this section, "energy utility" means public utilities,
generation and transmission cooperative electric associations, and municipal power
agencies providing natural gas or electric service in the state.
(c) The Department of Commerce shall pay:
(1) the general administrative costs of the administrator, not to exceed $1,000,000
in a fiscal year, and shall assess energy utilities for those administrative costs. These
costs must be consistent with the budget approved by the commissioner under paragraph
(a). The department shall apportion the costs among all energy utilities in proportion to
their respective gross operating revenues from sales of gas or electric service within
the state during the last calendar year, and shall then render a bill to each utility on a
regular basis; and
(2) costs relating to a specific proceeding analysis or project and shall render a bill to
the specific energy utility or utilities participating in the proceeding, analysis, or project
directly, either at the conclusion of a particular proceeding, analysis, or project, or from
time to time during the course of the proceeding, analysis, or project.
(d) For purposes of administrative efficiency, the department shall assess energy
utilities and issue bills in accordance with the billing and assessment procedures provided
, to the extent that these procedures do not conflict with this subdivision.
The amount of the bills rendered by the department under paragraph (c) must be paid by
the energy utility into an account in the special revenue fund in the state treasury within
30 days from the date of billing and is appropriated to the department for the purposes
provided in this section. The commission shall approve or approve as modified a rate
schedule providing for the automatic adjustment of charges to recover amounts paid by
utilities under this section. All amounts assessed under this section are in addition to
amounts appropriated to the commission and the department by other law."
Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
Amend the title accordingly