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Energy Policy

THIRITY-SECOND MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 25, 2014

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


ENERGY POLICY COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Melissa Hortman, Chair of the Energy Policy Committee, called the thirty-second meeting to order at 12:39 P.M. on, March 25, 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
Hornstein
Kelly
Masin
Quam
Scott
Selcer
Yarusso

Members excused:
Hackbarth


A quorum was present.

Representative Sarah Anderson presented HF2704 before the Committee.

HF2704 (Anderson S) Transmission line siting regulated.

Testimony was given by:
Paul Ablack, Plymouth, MN

Handouts were given to Committee members.
“Summary of Issues - SF2296 and HF2704”

Representative Hortman recommended that HF2704 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus energy bill.


Representative Morgan moved HF2844 before the Committee.

HF2844 (Morgan) Interconnection of distributed renewable electric generation information and report required.

Handouts were given to Committee members.
“Creating Market Transparency” by Fresh Energy

Testimony was given by:
Will Nissen, Fresh Energy
Ben Gerber, MN Chamber of Commerce

Representative Morgan moved adoption of amendment H2844A1.
The amendment was adopted.

Representative Morgan renewed his motion that HF2844 be re-referred as amended to the Commerce and Consumer Protection Policy and Finance Committee.
The motion prevailed.

Representative Morgan Vice-Chair assumed the Chair at 12:52 P.M.

Representative Morgan moved HF3110 before the Committee.

HF3110 (Hortman) Utilities residential customer protections pertaining to medically necessary equipment modified.

Testimony was given by:
Ron Elwood, Legal Services Advocacy Project

Representative Hortman moved adoption of amendment H3110A1.
The amendment was adopted.

Representative Morgan renewed his motion that HF3110 be re-referred as amended to the General Register.
The motion prevailed.


Representative Hortman resumed the Chair at 12:55 P.M.


Representative Morgan moved approval of the March 24, 2014 minutes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.



Representative Metsa presented HF3205 before the Committee.

HF3205 (Metsa) Microenergy loan program modified to include community energy projects.


Testimony was given by:
Sara Letourneau, Blue Green Alliance
Lorri Louder, St. Paul Port Authority
Bill Grant, Department of Commerce
Bob Ryan, United Steelworkers
Pete Parris, Sheet Metal Workers



The meeting adjourned at 1:38 P.M.









REP. MELISSA HORTMAN, CHAIR




Mary Elizabeth Faust
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3110 (Hortman) - Residential customer protections modified pertaining to medically necessary equipment.
  • HF2844 (Morgan) - Interconnection of distributed renewable electric generation information collection required.
  • HF2704 (Anderson) - Transmission line siting regulated.
  • HF3205 (Metsa) - Microenergy loan program modified to include community energy projects.
Documents:

Additional bills may be added.
*HF3205 will be heard for informational purposes.