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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirty-Ninth Meeting

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 14, 2008

State of Minnesota Thirty-Ninth Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Fifth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division

Minutes


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the thirty-ninth meeting to order at 12:45 PM on March 14, 2008 in Room 200 of the State office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Hilty, Bill
Ruud, Maria
Westrom, Torrey
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Gardner, Paul
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Magnus, Doug
Ozment, Dennis
Peterson, Aaron
Sailer, Brita
Slocum, Linda
Wagenius, Jean
Welti, Andy


A quorum was not present.

12:54 PM - A quorum was present.

Members excused:

Nornes, Bud
Beard, Michael

A quorum was present.

1:01 PM - Rep. Ozment moved approval of the minutes of Wednesday, March 12. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

12:46 PM - Presentation of Governor Pawlenty''s Supplemental Budget Department of Commerce.

Handouts:

Governor's 2008 Supplemental Budget.
Governor’s 2008 Supplemental Budget, All Funds by Omnibus Bill and Agency.
Governor’s 2008 Supplemental Budget, Department of Commerce Summary.

Tim Jahnke, Director of Financial Management.

Mike Bull, Deputy Director, Office of Energy Security.

Manny Munson-Regala, Deputy Commissioner, Market Assurance, Public Utilities Commission

Burl Haar, Executive Secretary, Public Utilities Commissioner.

Nancy Hylden, Faegre & Benson, representing the Investment Company Institute

1:26 PM -HF3334 (Magnus) Local renewable energy initiative enacted to finance small-scale renewable energy projects, account established, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Rep. Magnus moved that HF3334 without recommendation be returned to Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on Capital Investment Committee. The motion prevailed the bill was returned to Finance.

· Rep. Magnus renews his motion that HF3334 be returned to Finance

1:29 PM - HF3977 (Brynaert) Power transmission lines, renewable energy obligations, and related activities and costs provisions modified.

Rep. Brynaert moved that HF3977.

Rep. Brynaert incorpated the following oral amendment into the H3977.DE2 Amendment:

Delete Section 5 and renumber the following sections accordingly.

Rep. Brynaert moved the DE2 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Brynaert explained the bill.

Testifying on the bill:

Judy Poferl- Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy

Bob Eleff, House Research, reviewed eligible renewable energy resources.

Burl Haar, Executive Secretary, Public Utilities Commissioner.

Mike Bull, Deputy Director, Office of Energy Security.

Rep. Wagenius moved the following oral amendment:

Page 6, line 18, after "reliability," insert "maximize greenhouse gas emissions reductions"

The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Brynaert renews her motion that HF3977 be recommended to pass as amended and placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended.

2:03 PM - HF4060 (Knuth) Regional Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Cap and Trade Accord; Memorializing the governor to incorporate greenhouse gas emission reduction principles.

Rep. Knuth moved that HF4060 be recommended to pass.

Rep. Knuth explained the bill

Rep. Knuth renews her motion that HF4060 be recommended to pass and place on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed.


2:17 PM - The meeting was adjourned.


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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

Supplemental budget presentations: Department of Commerce and Public Utilities Commission
HF3977 (Brynaert) Power transmission lines, renewable energy obligations, and related activities and costs provisions modified.
HF4060 (Knuth) Regional Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Cap and Trade Accord; Memorializing the governor to incorporate greenhouse gas emission reduction principles.
HF3334 (Magnus) Local renewable energy initiative enacted to finance small-scale renewable energy projects, account established, bonds issued, and money appropriated.