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THIRITY- FIRST MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 24, 2014

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRITY- FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION


ENERGY POLICY COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Melissa Hortman, Chair of the Energy Policy Committee, called the thirty-first meeting to order at 12:41 P.M. on, March 24, 2014, in room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

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

Members excused:
Garofalo
Hackbarth
Kelly
Quam


Representative Erickson explained HF2866

HF2866 (Erickson, R.) Legislative Energy Commission requested to investigate strategies to convert users of propane gas to natural gas or other fuels.


A quorum was present at 12:44 P.M.


Representative Hortman moved HF2866 before the Committee to be laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Energy bill.

Representative Hortman discussed the amendment H2866A1.

Representative Hortman renewed her motion that HF2866 before the Committee to be laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Energy bill.


Vice-Chair Representative Morgan assumed the chair at 12:49 P.M.


Representative Hortman moved HF2603 before the Committee.

HF2603 (Hortman) Weatherization assistance program money appropriated.

Testimony was given by:
Patrick McFarland, Executive Director, Anoka County CAP



Representative Hortman moved adoption of amendment H2603DE1.
The amendment was adopted.

Representative Hortman renewed her motion that HF2603 be re-referred as amended to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Policy and Finance.
The motion prevailed.


Representative Hortman moved HF2967 before the Committee.

HF2967 (Garofalo) Commerce Department utilities assessment amount amended; and incremental revenue allocated to develop and maintain a statewide uniform energy conservation reporting system for utilities.

Testimony was given by:

Mike Myser, Energy Platforms
Jim Pearson, Xcel Energy
Joel Johnson, Minnesota Rural Electric Association
Bill Grant, Department of Commerce

Handouts were given to Committee members.
“CIP in MN - Successful Past and a Bright Future”

Representative Hortman moved adoption of amendment A2967A1.
The amendment was adopted.

Representative Hortman renewed her motion that HF2967 be re-referred as amended to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Policy and Finance.
The motion prevailed.


Representative Masin moved approval of the March 18, 2014 minutes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.


The meeting adjourned at 1:20 P.M.









REP. MELISSA HORTMAN, CHAIR




Mary Elizabeth Faust
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2866 (Erickson) - Legislative Energy Commission requested to investigate strategies to convert users of propane gas to natural gas or other fuels.
  • HF2603 (Hortman) - Community energy efficiency and renewable energy loan program modified, permissible administrative expenses modified for disbursement of supplemental low-income home energy assistance, and weatherization assistance program money appropriated.
  • HF2967 (Garofalo) - Commerce Department utilities assessment amount amended; and incremental revenue allocated to develop and maintain a statewide uniform energy conservation reporting system for utilities.

Additional bills may be added.