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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirty-Fourth Meeting

2007-2008 Regular Session - February 27, 2008

State of Minnesota Thirty-Fourth Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Sixth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division

Minutes


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the thirty-fourth meeting to order at 2:31 PM on February 27, 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
Nornes, Bud
Ozment, Dennis
Peterson, Aaron
Sailer, Brita
Slocum, Linda
Wagenius, Jean
Welti, Andy


Members absent:

Magnus, Doug

A quorum was present.

Rep. Kalin moved approval of the minutes of Monday February 25, 2008. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

2:33 PM - HF3343 (Juhnke) Creating a wind turbine aggregation program.

The Chair moved HF3343.

The Chair moved the H3343DE1 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Juhnke explained the bill.

Testifying on the bill:

Mike Bull, Deputy Director, Office of Energy Security.

Rep. Hackbarth moved the following oral amendment:

page 2, line 6, after the $ sign insert "100,000"

The motion prevailed the amendment was adopted.

The Chair moved that HF3343 be recommended to pass as amended and returned to the Committee on Finance. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended.

2:41 PM - HF3368 (Slocum) Setting a filling deadline for certain reports, regulating consumer payment arrangements during the cold weather period, regulating payment agreements for certain utility services, prohibiting disconnections of services if certain medical conditions exist.

Rep. Slocum moved HF3368.

Rep. Slocum moved the H3368A1 amendment.

Rep. Slocum incorporated the following oral amendment to the A1 amendment.

Page 1, line 3, delete "-related activities" and insert "and related activity required for reconnection of service"

The motion prevailed the H3368A1 amendment was adopted.

Rep. Slocum moved the H3368A2 amendment.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

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

Rep. Slocum renewed her motion that HF3368 be recommended to pass as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed. The bill was passed as amended.

2:54 PM - Rep. Ruud assumed the gavel.

HF3401 (Hilty) Providing for development and application of building energy usage performance standards.

Rep. Hilty moved HF 3401.

Rep. Hilty moved the H3401DE2 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Kalin moved the following oral amendment to the DE2 amendment.

Page 1, line 18, strike the word "complete"

The amendment was incorporated.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

Sheldon Strom, Executive Director, Center for Energy and the Environment.

John Carmody, Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota, 1425 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. 612-624-1351.

John Weidt, The Weidt Group, 5800 Baker Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55345. 952-938-1588.

Doug Pierce, The American Institute of Architects - Minnesota Chapter, Perkins + Will Architects. 612-851-5065.

HF3401 was laid over for possible inclusion in the finance omnibus bill.

3:55 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..

HF3343 (Juhnke) Wind energy conversion system aggregation program and account established
HF3368 (Slocum) Setting a filling deadline for certain reports, regulating consumer payment arrangements during the cold weather period, regulating payment agreements for certain utility services, prohibiting disconnections of services if certain medical conditions exist
HF3401 (Hilty) Providing for development and application of building energy usage performance standards