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Climate and Energy Finance and Policy

ELEVENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 16, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA ELEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION



CLIMATE AND ENERGY FINANCE AND POLICY MINUTES

Representative Jamie Long, Chair of the Committee on Climate and Energy Finance and Policy, called the virtual meeting to order at 10:30 AM on February 16th, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Long, Jamie, Chair
Acomb, Patty, Vice Chair
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Boe, Greg
Christensen, Shelly
Franson, Mary
Gruenhagen, Glenn
Hollins, Athena
Hornstein, Frank
Igo, Spencer
Lee, Fue
Lippert, Todd
Lislegard, Dave
Munson, Jeremy
Stephenson, Zack

Excused:
Bierman, Robert
Mekeland, Shane

A quorum was present.

Bills not introduced at the time of the meeting are indicated by the House Research or Revisor code.

Representative Acomb presented House Research BE040, A bill for an act relating to climate change; amending state greenhouse gas reduction goals; requiring governmental actions to be consistent with state greenhouse gas reduction goals; increasing the frequency of a report; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 216H.01, by adding subdivisions; 216H.02, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 216H.07, subdivision 3.

Testifying on House Research BE040:
• Dr. Heidi Roop, Assistant Professor of Climate Science, University of Minnesota
• Sasha Lewis-Norelle, Student, Macalester College
• Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni, Member, Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
• Ellen Anderson, Climate Program Director, MCEA

Public Testimony:
• Dr. Kristina Dahl, Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Representative Hollins presented House Research BE032, A bill for an act relating to energy; modifying provisions providing for a participant's compensation in certain Public Utilities Commission proceedings; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216B.16, subdivision 10.

Testifying on House Research BE032:
• Annie Levenson-Falk, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota
• Pam Marshall, Executive Director, Energy CENTS Coalition
• Tina Koecher, Manager of Customer Solutions, Minnesota Power
• Robert Blake, Director, Native Sun Community Power Development

Public Testimony:
• Rick Evans, Director of Regional Government Affairs, Xcel Energy

Representative Lippert presented House Research BE042, A bill for an act relating to energy; directing the Public Utilities Commission to develop incentives to encourage certain utility investments promoting distributed energy resource interconnections; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216B.1611, subdivision 2.

Testifying on House Research BE042:
• David Shaffer, Executive Director, MnSEIA
• Howard White, Northfield
• Beth Kallestad, Director of the Climate Action Plan, City of Northfield

Public Testimony:
• Rick Evans, Director of Regional Government Affairs, Xcel Energy

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 PM.


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Representative Jamie Long, Chair


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Mike Hermanson, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
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01:25 - Informational hearing on HFXXX (Acomb) Amending state greenhouse gas reduction goals; requiring governmental actions to be consistent with state greenhouse gas reduction goals; increasing the frequency of a report.
48:10 - Informational hearing on HFXXX (Hollins) Modifying provisions providing for a participant's compensation in certain Public Utilities Commission proceedings.
1:10:00 - Informational Hearing on HFXXXX (Lippert) Directing the Public Utilities Commission to develop incentives to encourage certain utility investments promoting distributed energy resource interconnections.


Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Acomb) Next Generation Climate Act
Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Hollins) Intervenor Compensation
Informational Hearing on HF XXXX (Lippert) promoting distributed energy resource​ interconnections
*Bills may be added to the agenda

This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01.

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

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Public Testimony:
• Members of the public who are interested in testifying must email Mike.Molzahn@house.mn by 3:00 p.m. the day before the meeting to ensure consideration. Testimony may be limited due to time constraints.
• If you plan to submit written testimony, please send it to Mike.Molzahn@house.mn by 3:00 p.m. the day before the meeting.

Meeting documents will be posted on the committee website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92008