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Minnesota Legislature
2015-2016 Regular Session

FIFTEENTH MEETING - Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance

February 25, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION

JOB GROWTH & ENERGY AFFORDABILITY
POLICY & FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair of the Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 12:45 P.M. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


GAROFALO, Pat
BAKER, Dave
CLARK, Karen
GUNTHER, Bob
HORTMAN, Melissa
ISAACSON, Jason
JOHNSON, Sheldon
LOONAN, Bob
MAHONEY, Tim
METSA, Jason
NEWBERGER, Jim
O’NEILL, Marion
SCOTT, Peggy
SIMONSON, Erik
SMITH, Dennis
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
VOGEL, Bob
WAGENIUS, Jean

Members excused:

FABIAN, Dan

Representative Garofalo called the meeting to order at 12:45 P.M. A quorum was present.

Representative Wagenius moved to approve the minutes from the previous hearing. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Jeff Daugherty, Director of Regulatory Affairs at CenterPoint Energy; Joni Zich, Director of System Strategy and Business Operations at Xcel Energy; Brett Anderson, President and CEO of Dick’s Sanitation; each gave an overview of natural gas issues in Minnesota.

Representative Loonan assumed the gavel at 12:57 P.M.

Chair, Representative Garofalo assumed the gavel at 1:15 P.M.

HF341 (Swedzinski) Requirement to obtain certificate of need prior to construction of a natural gas plant generating electricity that is exported from the state eliminated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Benjamin Gerber, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; Carol Overland; Elizabeth Wefel, Missouri River Energy Services; Rick Evans, Xcel Energy; Loren Laugtug, Otter Tail Power Company; Will Nissen, Fresh Energy; Alan Muller; all testified on HF341, as introduced.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:31 P.M.




Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair




Jonathan Fortner, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Overview of natural gas issues in Minnesota. If you wish to testify on HF341, please contact Committee Legislative Assistant, Jonathan Fortner, at jonathan.fortner@house.mn.

Bills Added:
  • HF341 (Swedzinski) - Requirement to obtain certificate of need prior to construction of a natural gas plant generating electricity that is exported from the state eliminated.
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01:18 - Gavel. 02:00 - Overview of natural gas issues in Minnesota. 54:29 - HF341 (Swedzinski) Requirement to obtain certificate of need prior to construction of a natural gas plant generating electricity that is exported from the state eliminated. Runs 1 hour, 47 minutes.