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Energy Policy

TWENTY-EIGHTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 11, 2014

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


ENERGY POLICY COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Will Morgan, Vice Chair of the Energy Policy Committee, called the twenty-eighth meeting to order at 12:35 P.M. on, March 11, 2014, in room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Hortman, Melissa, Chair
Morgan, Will, Vice-Chair
Garofalo, Pat, Republican Lead
Allen
Atkins
Beard
Falk
Hackbarth
Hornstein
Kelly
Masin
Quam
Scott
Selcer
Yarusso

Members excused:

A quorum was present.


Representative Hortman moved HF2375 before the Committee.

HF2375 (Hortman) Gas or electric services bill authorized to include charges for conservation improvements, Sustainable Building 2030 incentive rate required, and industrial energy efficiency plans required to meet forecasted electric generation capacity needs.


Testimony was given by:

Sheldon Strom, Center for Energy and Environment
Mike Bull, Center for Energy and Environment

Elizabeth Wefel, Flaherty and Hood
Joel Johnson, Minnesota Rural Electric Association

Representative Hortman moved to incorporate the oral amendment to the H2375DE1 amendment, on page 2, line 31, delete “of” and insert “including”
on page 3, delete section 2
The amendment was incorporated.

Representative Hortman moved adoption of amendment H2375DE1.
The amendment was adopted.

Representative Hornstein discussed amendment H2375A1.
The amendment was withdrawn.





Representative Hortman renewed her motion that HF2375 as amended be re-referred to the General Register.
The motion prevailed.


Chair Hortman assumed the chair at 1:07 P.M.


Representative Falk moved HF1174 before the Committee.

HF1174 (Falk) Public Utilities Commission required to initiate a proceeding culminating in an order establishing standards for utility rates regarding the interconnection of small electric generating facilities.


Testimony was given by:

John Ferrell, Director of Democratic Energy
Greg Padden, Great River Energy
Rick Evans, Xcel Energy
Joe Limoges, Manager, Electric Area Engineer, Xcel Energy
Chuck Kimball, Minnesota Power
Loren Laugtug, Otter Tail Power
Elizabeth Wefel, Flaherty and Hood
George Crocker, HAWO


Handouts were given to committee members:
“MMUA - dated March 10, 2014”

Representative Falk moved adoption of amendment H1174A1.
The amendment was adopted.

Representative Falk renewed his motion that HF1174 as amended be re-referred to the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee.

Representative Scott called for a division, members voted eight (8) in favor, six (6) opposed.
The motion prevailed.



The meeting adjourned at 2:05 P.M.









REP. MELISSA HORTMAN, CHAIR




Mary Elizabeth Faust
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2375 (Hortman) - Public utilities; on-bill loan repayment programs provided, and long-range emission reduction planning required.
  • HF1174 (Falk) - Public Utilities Commission required to initiate a proceeding culminating in an order establishing standards for utility rates regarding the interconnection of small electric generating facilities.
Documents:
House TV Video:
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06:20 - Gavel.
06:31 - HF2375 (Hortman) Gas or electric services bill authorized to include charges for conservation improvements, Sustainable Building 2030 incentive rate required , and industrial energy efficiency plans required to meet forecasted electric generation capacity needs.
36:26 - HF1174 (Falk) Public Utilities Commission required to initiate a proceeding culminating in an order establishing standards for utility rates regarding the interconnection of small electric generating facilities.
Runs 1 hour, 28 minutes.


**Action will be taken on HF2375 and HF1174. Amendments are due to Committee Administrator Peter Strohmeier by 12:30 p.m., March 10. If you want to sign up to testify, please contact Peter Strohmeier at Peter.Strohmeier@house.mn.