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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirty-Fifth Meeting

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 03, 2008

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

Energy Finance and Policy Division

Minutes


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the thirty-fifth meeting to order at 3:26 PM on March 3, 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


Members excused:

A quorum was present.

Rep. Johnson moved approval of the minutes of Monday February 27, 2008. The motion prevailed. The minutes were adopted.

3:27 PM - HF2903 (Gardner) Biomass definition extended with respect to renewable energy objectives, distributed energy resources, and renewable energy resource planning, and Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee expiration date extended.

Rep. Gardner moved that HF 2903 be recommended to pass.

Rep. Gardner moved the H2903A1 amendment.

Rep. Gardner incorporated the following into the A1 amendment:

Page 1, line 11, delete 6 and insert 4
Page 1, line 12, delete 5 and insert 5

The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Gardner moved the following oral amendment to HF 2903.

Delete Section 4 and Section 5 from the amended bill. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Testifying on the bill:

Jason Willett, MCES Finance Director, Metropolitan Council.

Rep. Gardner renewed his motion that HF 2903 be recommended to pass as amended and placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed the bill was passed to the General Register.

3:44 PM - HF3537 (Bly) Renewable energy project rate schedule established and report required.

Rep. Bly moved that HF3537 be recommended to pass and be returned to the Committee on Finance.

Rep. Bly moved the H3537A1 Amendment.

Rep. Bly incorporated the following amendment to the A1 Amendment:

Page 1, line 2, delete the word "wind".

The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Bly explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

3:49 PM - John Farrell, Research Associate, Institute for Local Self Reliance.

4:29 PM - Bruce Anderson, Sustainable Community Solutions.

4:37 PM - Andrew Falk, Independent Wind Developer.

4:43 PM - Christopher Childs, Board member, Minnesota Renewable Energy Society.

5:00 PM - Lee Dilley, Northfield, MN.

Testifying in against the bill:

5:06 PM - Mike Bull, Deputy Director, Office of Energy Security.

The bill was laid over to be taken up at the next meeting.

5.51 PM - The meeting was adjourned.


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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF2903 (Gardner) Biomass definition extended with respect to renewable energy objectives, distributed energy resources, and renewable energy resource planning, and Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee expiration date extended.
HF3537 (Bly) Renewable energy project rate schedule established and report required.

Removed from the agenda:
HF3578 (Hilty) clarifying terms of propane prepurchase program