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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Twenty-Fifth Meeting

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 21, 2007

State of Minnesota Twenty-Fifth Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Fifth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division

Minutes


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the twenty-fifth meeting to order at about 12:45 PM on March 21, 2007 in Room 200 of the State office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Hilty, Bill
Ruud, Maria
Westrom, Torrey
Beard, Michael
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


Members excused:

Nornes, Bud

A quorum was present.

Rep. Johnson moved the adoption of the minutes from the meeting on March 21, 2007:

The motion prevailed.

HF1517 (Gunther) Commission Serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People funding provided, and money appropriated.

Rep Gunther moved HF1517 to be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

1:09 PM - Rep. Gunther moved the following oral amendment:

Page 1, Line 7 increase $60,000 to $100,000

Testifying in favor of the amendment:

Mary Hartnett, Executive Director, Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People.

1:12 PM - Elise Knopf, Chair, Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The bill was laid over as amended.

HF2218 (Slocum) Utility proceedings intervenors compensation conditions and procedures specified.

1:21 PM - Rep. Slocum moved that HF2218 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register

1:22 PM - Rep. Slocum moved the H2218A2 Amendment.

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDEMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

1:23 PM - Pam Marshall, Executive Director, Energy Cents; 823 E. 7th St. St. Paul, MN 55106; 651-774-9010.

1:36 PM - Rep. Slocum renewed her motion that HF2218 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register

The motion prevailed. THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF2278 (Welti) Propane prepurchase program established, and consumer protections provided to delivered-fuel customers.
Pam Marshall, Energy CENTS

1:37 PM - Rep. Welti moved that HF2278 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

1:38 PM - Rep. Welti moved the H2278A1 amendment.

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

1:38 PM - Rep. Welti presented the bill

Testifying in favor of the bill.

1:39 PM - Pam Marshal, Energy Cents

1:44 PM - Cort Holten, Propane Gas Association of Minnesota

1:50 PM - Pam Marshal, Energy Cents.

The bill was laid as amended over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF1624 (Hausman) St. Paul Port Authority; qualified emissions-reduction project recovery costs provided.

1:54 PM - Rep. Johnson moved that HF1624 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

1:56 PM - Jack Greenshield, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Rock Tenn Company.

2:05 PM - Anne Hunt, Deputy Policy Commissioner, City of St. Paul

2:05 PM - Bob Ryan, Employee, Rock Tenn Company.

The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF2067 (Hornstein) Linden Hills Power and Light community digester and neighborhood district heating and cooling demonstration project grant provided, and money appropriated.

2:11 PM - The Chair moved that HF2067 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

2:12 PM - Rep. Hornstein presented the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

2:13 PM - Tom Braun, President, Linden Hills Power & Light; 2720 W. 43rd St, Ste 300, Minneapolis, MN 55410; 612-925-4249.

2:16 PM - Mark Anderson, board member, Linden Hills Power & Light; 2720 W. 43rd St, Ste 300, Minneapolis, MN 55410; 612-801-8572.

2:20 PM - John Madole, consultant, Linden Hills Power & Light; 5917 Wood Lane, Minneapolis, MN 55436; 952-927-5179.

2:23 PM -- Rep. Ozment moved the HDA-077 amendment:

Rep. Ozment incorporated the following oral amendment:

Page 1, Line 5, delete "natural resources" and insert "commerce"

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The bill was laid over as amended for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill

2:28 PM - Rep. Ruud assumed the gavel.

HF2306 (Hilty) Requiring Public Utilities Commission to initiate proceeding regarding interconnection of distributed generation facilities.

2:29 PM - Rep. Hilty moved that HF2306 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

2:30 PM - Rep. Hilty moved the following oral amendment:

Page 1, Line 10, after the word "off-site", insert the word “renewable"

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

2:31 PM - Lowell Rasmussen, University of Minnesota.

2:37 PM - Larry Schedin, LLS Resources, technical advisor, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

2:47 PM - Jason Edens, Director, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance; 2052 24th St. SW, Pine River, MN 56474; 218-839-7732.

The bill was laid over as amended for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

2:51 PM - Chairman Hilty assumed the gavel.

HF2137 (Sailer) Petroleum inspection fee use for weatherization assistance authorized.

Rep. Sailer presented the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

2:55 PM - Jason Edens, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance.

2:59 PM - Jeremy deFiebre, Dept. of Commerce.

HF2321 (Peterson, A.) appropriating money to characterize emissions from biomass gasification facilities.

3:07 PM - Rep. Peterson moved that HF2321 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Rep. Peterson presented the bill.

The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF1455 (Morrow) Rural renewable energy initiatives provided, and money appropriated.

3:12 PM - Rep. Gunther moved that HF1455 to be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division.

Rep. Morrow presented the

Testifying in favor of the bill:

3:13 PM - Dr. John Frey, Minnesota State University Mankato

Jonathan Zierdt, 109 Viking Court, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-385-3212.

Dave Sunderman, North Mankato, MN 56003; 507-387-7963.

President Richard Davenport, Minnesota State University Mankato.

Rep. Gunther renewed his motion that HF1455 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division.

The motion prevailed. THE BILL WAS PASSED.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:24 PM


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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair



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Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF2253 (Peterson, A.) Community-based energy development projects provisions modified, renewable energy projects regulated, Public Utilities Commission policies required, wind energy permits authorized, and renewable energy option program
sunset repealed.

Added to the agenda:
HF1392 (Hilty) Hydrogen renewable energy initiative established, hydrogen energy use policies established.