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Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division

TWENTY-EIGHTH HEARING

2019-2020 Regular Session - February 27, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-EIGHTH 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 9:44 A.M. on, February 27, 2020, in room 500S of the State Office 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
Baker
Bierman
Boe
Christensen
Garofalo
Hornstein
Jordan
Mahoney
Mekeland
Nelson
Stephenson

Members excused:


HF3438 (Bierman) - Electricity rate schedule posting on websites by utilities required.

Representative Bierman moved that HF3438 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Testifying on HF3438:
Annie Levenson-Falk, Citizens Utility Board

Public Testifying on HF3438:
Robin Doege, CEO of Stearns Electric

Representative Baker moved the HF3438A1 amendment and requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results are as follows:

AYES:
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Baker
Boe
Garofalo
Nelson

NAYS:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Acomb
Bierman
Hornstein
Jordan
Mahoney
Stephenson

ABSENT:
Christensen
Mekeland

On a vote of FIVE AYES, EIGHT NAYS and TWO ABSENT. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Wagenius laid over HF3438 for possible inclusion.


HF3055 (Lee) - Climate change impact on state capital funding need assessment funding provided, and money appropriated.

Chair Wagenius moved that HF3055 be re-referred to the committee on Capitol Investment.

Representative Lee moved the HF3055A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF3055:
Carrie Jennings, Freshwater Society

Public Testifying on HF3055:
Kate Knuth, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Chair Wagenius renewed the motion that HF 3055, as amended, be re-referred to the committee on Capitol Investment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF3368 (Long) – Community solar garden program modified.

Representative Long moved that HF3368 be re-referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Long moved the HF3368A21 amendment.

Representative Long moved an oral amendment to HF3368 as follows: Page 1, line 8, after “$” insert “117,000” and Page 1, line 12, after “$” insert “109,000”. THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS INCORPORATED.

Representative Long moved the HF3368A21 amendment and Representative Swedzinski requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results are as follows:

AYES:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Acomb
Bierman
Hornstein
Jordan
Stephenson

NAYS:
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Baker
Boe
Garofalo
Nelson

ABSENT:
Christensen
Mahoney
Mekeland

On a vote of SEVEN AYES, FIVE NAYS and THREE ABSENT. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Public Testifying on HF3368:
Ross Abbey, US Solar
Benjamin Stafford, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota
John Reynolds, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Allen Gleckner, Fresh Energy
Andrew Snope, IBEW

Testifying from Xcel Energy on HF3368:
Rick Evans, Director of Public Affairs

Representative Baker moved the HF3368A20 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF3368A12 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Baker moved the HF3368A2 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Boe moved the HF3368A1 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.


The meeting recessed at 11:24 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 8:35 P.M in room 5 of the State Office Building.


Representative Long renewed his motion that HF3368 be re-referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Baker moved the HF3368A5 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Baker moved the HF3368A3 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Mekeland moved the HF3368A14 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Mekeland moved the HF3368A6 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Baker moved the HF3368A8 amendment.

Representative Baker withdrew the HF3368A8 amendment.

Representative Nelson moved the HF3368A9 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Baker moved the HF3368A11 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Boe moved the HF3368A10 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF3368A18 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL AND THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Long renewed his motion that HF3055, as amended, be re-referred to the committee on Ways and Means and Representative Swedzinski requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results are as follows:

AYES:
Wagenius, Jean, Chair
Long, Jamie, Vice-Chair
Acomb
Bierman
Christensen
Hornstein
Jordan
Stephenson

NAYS:
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Baker
Boe
Mekeland
Nelson

ABSENT:
Garofalo
Mahoney

On a vote of EIGHT AYES, FIVE NAYS and TWO ABSENT. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Stephenson moved adoption of the February 25, 2020 minutes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.


The meeting adjourned at 9:18 P.M.







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Rep. Jean Wagenius, Chair




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Zachary Zimmerman
Committee Legislative Assistant



More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3438 (Bierman) - Electricity rate schedule posting on websites by utilities required.
  • HF3055 (Lee) - Climate change impact on state capital funding needs assessment funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3368 (Long) - Distributed solar generation tariff established, community solar garden program modified, and money appropriated.
Documents:

HF3438 (Bierman) - Electricity rate schedule posting on websites by utilities required.
HF3055 (Lee) - Climate change impact on state capital funding need assessment funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF3368 (Long) - Community solar garden program modified. (The committee will continue action on this bill where we left off on Tuesday.)

Bills may be added to the agenda