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Energy Finance and Policy Division

THIRTY-SIXTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 05, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-SIXTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

ENERGY FINANCE AND POLICY DIVISION


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the thirty-sixth meeting to order 2:32 P.M. on March 5, 2008 in the Basement Hearing Room 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


Members Excused:

A quorum was present.

Rep. Slocum moved approval of the minutes of Monday, March 3, 2008. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

HF3585 (Koenen): Describing powers of qualifying owner of community-based energy development project.

Chair moved that HF3585 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Committee on Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs.

Chair moved the A08-1213 amendment. The amendment was adopted.

Chair moved the H3585A3 amendment. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Koenen presented his bill.

Chair moved to reconsider the H3585A3 amendment.

Chair incorporated the following into the A3 amendment:

Page 1, line 2: delete 3537 and insert 3585.

The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Koenen resumed presentation of his bill.

Testifying on the bill:
Peter McLaughlin, Commissioner, Hennepin County
Tom Warmka, Commissioner, Faribault County
Brian Kletscher, Commissioner, Redwood County

Chair renews his motion that HF3585 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Committee on Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3717 (Kalin): Notice of intent to file transmission line application requirement.

Rep. Kalin moved HF3717.

Rep. Kalin presented his bill.

Testifying on the bill:
Keith Carlson, former Mayor, City of Lindstrom, MN
John Olinger, City Administrator, City of Lindstrom, MN
Jim Alders, Manager, Regulatory Administration, Xcel Energy

Rep. Kalin moved an oral amendment to HF3717 as follows:

Page 1, line 9: delete "certificate of need" and insert "route permit."

Motion prevailed and the amendment was adopted.

Rep. Welti moved an oral amendment to HF3717 as follows:

Page 1, line 10: delete "180" and insert "120."

Motion prevailed and the amendment was adopted.

Rep. Kalin moved that HF3717 be recommended to pass as amended and be referred to the Committee on Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Ruud assumed the chair.

HF3578 (Hilty): Clarifying terms of propane prepurchase program.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF3578 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus financial bill.

Rep. Hilty presents his bill.

Testifying on the bill:

Pam Marshall, Executive Director, Energy CENTS Coalition
Edward Garvey, Director, Office of Energy Security

Chair renewed the Hilty motion that HF3578 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus financial bill.

The meeting was recessed at 4:58 P.M.
The meeting was reconvened at 6:31 P.M. in the Basement Hearing Room in the State Office Building.

Rep. Hilty resumes the chair.

HF3669 (Kalin): Energy improvement financing program for state and local governments.

Rep. Kalin moved HF3669.

Rep. Kalin moved the H3669DE1 amendment.

The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Kalin presents his bill.

Testifying on the bill:
Jeremy deFiebre, Office of Energy Security
Sheldon Strom, Executive Director, Center for Energy & Environment
Jim Girard, Johnson Controls
Kevin Madden, Vice President of World-Wide Sales, Honeywell Inc.

Chair moved that HF3669 be recommended to pass and be returned to the Committee on Finance with the recommendation that it be referred to the Committee on Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3537 (Bly): Renewable energy project rate schedule established and report required.

Rep. Bly moves HF3537.

Rep. Bly presents his bill.

Testifying on the bill:
Lee Sundberg, Director Government Affairs, Minnesota Rural Electric Association.
Mike Franklin, Director of Energy Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
Betsy Engelking, Manager, Xcel Energy
Glen Skarbakka, Manager, Great River Planning
Paul Blackburn, Executive Director, C-Bed Initiative

Rep. Hackbarth moved an oral amendment to HF3537 as follows and requested a roll call vote:

Delete Section 3 and 4.

There being 2 Ayes and 9 Nays, THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Chair moved that HF3537 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus finance bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:58 P.M.


REPRESENTATIVE HILTY, CHAIR



Brian McLafferty, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF3585 (Koenen) describing powers of qualifying owner of community-based energy development project
HF3578 (Hilty) clarifying terms of propane prepurchase program
HF3669 (Kalin) Energy improvement financing program for state and local governments
HF3717 (Kalin) Notice of intent to file transmission line application requirement
HF3537 (Bly) Renewable energy project rate schedule established and report required.