STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION
ENERGY POLICY COMMITTEE
Representative Melissa Hortman, Chair of the Energy Policy Committee, called the sixteenth meeting to order at 9:05 A.M. on, March 8, 2013, in room 118 of the State Capitol.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
Hortman, Melissa, Chair
Representative Hortman moved that HF880 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus energy bill.
HF880 (Hornstein) Renewable energy standard increased and extended to 2030, solar energy standard established, renewable energy projects exempted from the certificate of need process, uniform reporting required of rate impacts of meeting the renewable energy standard, and treatment and trading of renewable energy credits modified.
Testifying on the HF880 were the following:
Joe Sullivan-Regional Policy Manager, Wind on the Wires
The following handouts were given to Committee members, "Wind on the Wires, wind energy has benefited Minnesota's electric customers", "Wind on the Wires, support Minnesota jobs, stable electricity prices and clean energy", and "Wind on the Wires, wind creates jobs in Minnesota".
Will Steger-Will Steger Foundation
Darryl Tveitbakk, Northern Municipal Power Agency
The Committee recessed at 9:46 A.M.
The Committee reconvened at 10:01 A.M. in room 10 in the State Office Building.
Rev. Mark Peters-Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy
Larry Johnston, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
A quorum was present at 10:25 A.M.
Michael Nobel-Executive Director, Fresh Energy
Chair Hortman moved HF880 in before the Committee.
Jon Brekke, Great River Energy
Mark Ahlstrom-CEO, Wind Logics
Kristi Rosenquist, Coalition for Sensible Siting
Steve Frenkel-Director, Midwest Office, Union of Concerned Scientists
Steve Thompson, CEO, Central Minnesota Power Agency
Betsy Engelking-Vice President, Geronimo Energy
Ben Gerber, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Byron Christoffer-Landowner South Fork Wind Farm, Jackson County, Minnesota
Barb Stussey, Public Citizen, Zumbrota, MN
Shanelle Evens-Montana-EDF Renewables
Marie McNamara, Goodhue Wind Truth
Adam Sokolski-Iberdrola Renewables
Paul Reese, Public Citizen, Goodhue Township
Aaron Tippie-Westwood Professional Services
Ann and Dave Buck, Coalition for Sensible Siting
Pete Parris, Political Director for the Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 & Tarryl Clark, representing the Blue Green Alliance.
Margaret Hodnick, Minnesota Power
Representative Hornstein moved adoption of amendment H0880A1
Alan Muller, Public Citizen
Susan Hubbard, Nothing Left to Waste
Trudy Richter, Minnesota Resources Recovery Association
Peter Nelson, Center of American Experiment
Sarah Nichols, Minnesota Youth Environmental Network
Doug Freese, Public Citizen
Ron Rasley, Legal Counsel, Blattner Energy Inc.
Representative Hornstein withdrew his motion for adoption of amendment H0880A1.
The meeting adjourned at 12:33 P.M.
REP. MELISSA HORTMAN, CHAIR
Mary Elizabeth Faust
Committee Legislative Assistant