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Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division

SECOND INFORMATIONAL HEARING

2019-2020 Regular Session - February 07, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA SECOND INFORMATIONAL HEARING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

ENERGY AND CLIMATE FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Jean Wagenius, Chair of the Energy and Climate Finance & Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M. on, February 7, 2020, in room 120 of the Capitol Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll. A quorum was present.

Members present:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Acomb
Boe
Christensen
Hornstein
Nelson
Stephenson

Members excused:
Baker
Bierman
Garofalo
Halverson
Mahoney
Mekeland


Bob Eleff, Minnesota House Research Department, walked through the different utilities in Minnesota and all requirements contracts entered by Cooperative and Municipal Electric Utilities.

Greg Ridderbusch, President and CEO of Connexus Energy, introduced himself and gave a brief history of cooperative electric utilities and discussed some of the innovative projects worked on by Connexus Energy.

Dan Juhl, Founder and Chairman of Juhl Energy introduced himself and talked about the hybrid renewable project built in the Lake Area Region.

Gabe Chan, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, introduced himself and discussed the findings of a three-year study of Minnesota cooperative and municipal electric utilities he conducted with other University of Minnesota faculty and students.

Eric Olson, Vice President and General Council of Great River Energy, introduced himself and discussed the all-requirements contracts between GRE and its members.

Brea Shea, Regulatory Director at Xcel Energy, and PJ Martin, Director of Resource Planning at Xcel Energy, introduced themselves and discussed Xcel’s integrated resource plan.

Public Comment:
Isaac Orr, Center of the American Experiment

The meeting adjourned at 11:15 A.M.





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Rep. Jean Wagenius, Chair




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Zachary Zimmerman
Committee Legislative Assistant





More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
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00:33 - Cooperative electricity generation and distribution.
- Bob Eleff, House Research Department.
10:57 - Innovative solar, wind, and battery projects in Minnesota.
- Greg Ridderbusch, President and CEO, Connexus Energy.
- Dan Juhl, Founder and Chairman, Juhl Energy.
- Gabe Chan.
1:07:45 - Testimony from Great River Energy.
1:19:07 - Xcel Energy's Integrated Resource Plan.
- Brea Shea, Regulatory Director, Xcel Energy.
- PJ Martin, Director of Resource Planning, Xcel Energy.
2:09:00 - Public comment.
- Isaac Orr, American Enterprise Institute.
Runs 2 hours, 11 minutes.


Cooperative electricity generation and distribution
Innovative solar, wind, and battery projects in Minnesota
Xcel Energy's Integrated Resource Plan