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Energy Policy

SIXTEENTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 08, 2013

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION


ENERGY POLICY COMMITTEE
MINUTES

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.

Members present:
Hortman, Melissa, Chair
Allen
Atkins
Beard
Falk
Hornstein
Masin
Scott
Selcer
Yarusso

Members excused:
Garofalo
Hackbarth
Kelly
Morgan
Quam

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
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • 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 of rate impacts of meeting the renewable energy standard required, and treatment and trading of renewable energy credits modified.
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