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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirty-Eighth Meeting

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 12, 2008

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

Energy Finance and Policy Division

Minutes


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the thirty-eighth meeting to order at 2:33 PM on March 12, 2008 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
Nornes, Bud
Ozment, Dennis
Peterson, Aaron
Sailer, Brita
Slocum, Linda
Wagenius, Jean
Welti, Andy


A quorum was present.

Rep. Knuth moved approval of the minutes of March 10, 2008. The Motion prevailed the minutes were adopted.

2:34 PM - HF3843 (Brynaert) Renewable energy standard required certain
amount of solar-produced energy.

Rep. Brynaert moved that HF3843.

Rep. Brynaert incorporated the following oral amendment to the A08-1366 amendment

Delete the last sentence.

Rep. Brynaert moved the A08-1366 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted as amended.

Rep. Brynaert explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Carl Nelson, Associate Director, Green Institute, 2801 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407. 612-278-7117.

Jason Edens, Director, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, 2330 Dancing Wind Rd, Pine River, MN 56474; 218-587-4753.

Christopher Childs, Sierra Club, MN Renewable Energy Society; 2928 5th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55408. 612-308-4757.

Rep. Brynaert renewed her motion that HF3843 be recommended to pass as amended and re-referred to the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended.

3:06 PM -HF2946 (Hansen) Strategic tree planting inclusion mandated as eligible for direct expenditures as energy conservation improvement.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF2946 be recommended to pass.

Rep. Hilty moved the A08-1230 amendment. The motion prevailed the amendment was adopted.

Rep. Hansen explained the bill.

Testifying in favor the bill:

Edward Garvey, Director, Office of Energy Security. 651-296-9325.

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF2946 be recommended to pass as amended and placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended.

3:21 PM Rep. Ruud assumed the gavel.

HF3578 (Hilty) Propane purchase program terms clarified.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF3578 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Rep. Hilty explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Pam Marshall, Executive Director, Energy CENTS Coalition. 823 E. 7th St, St. Paul, 55106. 651-774-9010.

Rep. Hilty moved the H3578A1 Amendment. The motion prevailed the amendment was adopted.

Rep. Hilty revised his motion that HF3578 be recommended to pass as amended and be returned to the Committee on Finance. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended.

Rep. Hilty assumed the gavel.

3:32 PM - HF2987 (Juhnke) Biodiesel definition modified, minimum content
increased, tiered content goal created, and notice, proposal, and
recommendations to the legislature required, and money appropriated.

Rep. Westrom moved that HF2987 be recommended to pass.

Rep. Westrom moved the H2987A4 Amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Westrom moved the H2987A6 Amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Juhnke explained the bill.

Testifying on the bill:

Mike Bull, Associate Director, Office of Energy Security.

Mike Youngerberg, Executive Director, Minnesota Biodiesel Council, 151 Saint Andrews Ct., Ste 710, Mankato, MN 56001. 507-317-3302. mike@mnsoybean.com. 507-388-1635.

Ron Soderberg, House Fiscal Analyst. 651-296-4162.

Meghan McDaniel, Manager of Government Affairs. Flint Hills Resources.

Jerry Schoenfield, Minnesota Soy Bean, Minnesota Biodiesel Council. 518 2nd Ave NW, Waseca, MN. 612-245-3040.

Rep. Westrom renewed his motion that HF2987 be recommended to pass as amended and returned to the Committee on Finance.

4:15 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..

HF3843 (Brynaert) Renewable energy standard required certain amount of solar-produced energy.
HF2946 (Hansen) Strategic tree planting inclusion mandated as eligible for direct expenditures as energy conservation improvement.
HF2987 (Juhnke) Biodiesel definition modified, minimum content increased, tiered content goal created, and notice, proposal, and recommendations to the legislature required, and money appropriated.
HF3552 (Juhnke) NextGen Energy Board member added, sunset date removed, and appropriation modified. (pending referral)
Added to agenda: HF3578 (Hilty) Propane purchase program terms clarified.