.................... moves to amend S.F. No. 1537, the first engrossment, as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. URBAN TRANSMISSION LINE; CERTIFICATE OF NEED
1.5A high-voltage transmission line longer than one mile with a capacity of 100
1.6kilovolts or more that is located in a city of the first class in a zone within one mile of
1.7the transmission line in which population density exceeds 8,000 persons per square
1.8mile, and that runs parallel to and is within one-quarter mile of a below-grade bike and
1.9walking path that connects with other bike paths along a river, is subject to the provisions
1.10of Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.243.
1.11EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment
1.12and applies only to high-voltage transmission lines described in this section that are the
1.13subject of an application for a route permit under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 216E, that is
1.14pending before the Public Utilities Commission on March 15, 2010.
Sec. 2. NEIGHBORHOOD ENERGY REDUCTION REPORT.
1.16 Subdivision 1. Report. (a) By February 15, 2011, an organization with experience
1.17in energy conservation and energy planning at the neighborhood level that serves as
1.18project manager must submit a report to the chairs and ranking members of the senate
1.19and house of representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over energy policy
1.20that contains the following information:
1.21(1) projections of the amount of energy that can be conserved and generated through
1.22the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency investments; innovative energy
1.23storage projects, including thermal energy storage; smart-grid technologies; and energy
1.24produced from distributed generation projects fueled by solar photovoltaic and other
1.25renewable energy sources located in the focused study area designated in the application
2.1to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a route permit for the high-voltage
2.2transmission line identified in section 1;
2.3(2) for each energy-reducing or energy-generating element recommended, estimates
2.4of the amount of energy conserved or generated, the reduction in peak demand from the
2.5generating units currently utilized by the utility serving the focused study area, and the
2.6cost per unit of energy saved or generated; and
2.7(3) an estimate of the number of green jobs that would be created through
2.8implementation of the report's recommendations.
2.9(b) The utility that serves the focused study area must actively participate in the
2.10research process that produces the report and must supply data requested by the project
2.11manager and any entity under contract with the project manager to produce portions
2.12of the report, including, but not limited to, load and supply information, and models
2.13and calculations of residential, industrial and commercial energy usage and peak energy
2.14demand at any level of disaggregation, provided that no individual energy consumer is
2.15identified and from that neither their identities nor any other characteristic that could
2.16uniquely identify an individual energy consumer is ascertainable from the information,
2.17unless the individual energy consumer has given written permission to the utility to
2.18disclose that information.
2.19(c) The project manager may contract for portions of the work required to complete
2.21 Subd. 2. Community steering committee. (a) The project manager must convene a
2.22community steering committee to provide input to the report. Appointments to the steering
2.23committee must reflect the diversity of the focused study area, and include representatives
2.24of focused study area residents, building owners and renters, businesses, churches, other
2.25institutions, including the Midtown Community Works Partnership, local hospitals, the
2.26utility serving the focused study area, and the city in which the focused study area is
2.27located. All meetings held by the community steering committee or any subcommittees it
2.28creates shall be public meetings, with advance notice given to the public.
2.29(b) The project manager shall seek to maximize the participation of focused study
2.30area residents, stakeholders and institutions in recommending ideas to be included within
2.31the scope of the report and in reviewing initial and successive drafts of the report,
2.32including providing stipends for child care and transportation when necessary to increase
2.33participation. The project manager shall contact representatives of similar successful
2.34projects in other states to benefit from their experience and to learn about best practices
2.35for increasing public participation that can be replicated in Minnesota. The report must
3.1incorporate and respond to comments from the focused study area and the steering
3.3 Subd. 3. Energy savings. The utility that serves the focused study area may apply
3.4energy savings resulting directly from the implementation of recommendations contained
3.5in the report regarding energy efficiency investments to its energy-savings goal under
3.6section 216B.241, subdivision 1c.
3.7 Subd. 4. Certificate of need process. No contested case evidentiary hearings for a
3.8certificate of need for the transmission line identified in section 1 may commence until
3.945 days after completion of the report described in this section. The Minnesota Public
3.10Utilities Commission may not issue a route permit for the transmission line under chapter
3.11216E unless and until it has issued a certificate of need under section 216B.243.
3.12EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 3. APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER.
3.14(a) Of the assessment authority authorized and appropriated to the commissioner
3.15of commerce under Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.052, subdivision 2, paragraph (c),
3.16clause (1), up to $307,000 in fiscal year 2011 only must be used by the commissioner to
3.17implement this act. Of this amount, $34,000 must be transferred and is appropriated to
3.18the Public Utilities Commission to implement section 1.
3.19(b) The utility subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116C.779, shall transfer
3.20$100,000 from the renewable development account established under that section to the
3.21commissioner of commerce, who shall deposit it in the special revenue fund.
3.22(c) $100,000 from the money deposited in the special revenue fund under paragraph
3.23(a) is appropriated to the commissioner of commerce for a grant to an organization
3.24with experience in energy conservation and energy planning at the neighborhood level
3.25that serves as project manager serving the Twin Cities for the purpose of completing the
3.26report required under section 2.
Amend the title accordingly