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Climate and Energy Finance and Policy

TWELFTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 18, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWELFTH 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 18th, 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
Bierman, Robert
Boe, Greg
Christensen, Shelly
Franson, Mary
Gruenhagen, Glenn
Hollins, Athena
Hornstein, Frank
Igo, Spencer
Lee, Fue
Lippert, Todd
Lislegard, Dave
Mekeland, Shane
Munson, Jeremy
Stephenson, Zack

Vice Chair Acomb moved that the minutes of February 9th, 2021, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Presentations were made on Electric Vehicles in Minnesota:
• Brendan Jordan, Drive Electric Minnesota
• Josh Fisher, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
• Jukka Kukkonen, Shift 2 Electric
• Dean Taylor, Plug in America
• Wayne Kugel, Zeus Electric Chassis

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

Representative Stephenson presented House Research BE039, A bill for an act relating to electric vehicles; establishing preference for purchase of electric vehicles for state fleet; requiring certification of training of motor vehicle dealer employees; providing rebates for electric vehicle purchases; requiring certain utilities to file plans with the Public Utilities Commission to promote electric vehicles; awarding grants to automobile dealers to defray cost of manufacturer certification allowing electric vehicle sales; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 16B.24, by adding a subdivision; 16C.135, subdivision 3; 16C.137, subdivision 1; 168.27, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 216B; 216C.

Testifying on House Research BE039:
• Amber Backhaus, Vice President of Public Affairs, Minnesota Auto Dealers
• Holly Hinman, Xcel Energy

Representative Lee presented House Research BE043, A bill for an act relating to electric buses; requiring the purchase of electric buses by the Metropolitan Council; appropriating money.

Testifying on House Research BE043:
• Anjali Bains, Senior Policy Associate, Fresh Energy

Representative Hollins presented House Research BE048, A bill for an act relating to energy; allowing a public utility to file a program with the Public Utilities Commission to promote the deployment of electric school buses; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 216B.

Testifying on House Research BE048:
• Holly Hinman, Xcel Energy
• Anjali Bains, Senior Policy Associate, Fresh Energy

Representative Bierman presented House Research BE044, A bill for an act relating to electric vehicles; requiring installation of electric vehicle charging stations in state parks; appropriating money.

Testifying on House Research BE044:
• Phil Leversedge, Parks and Trails Deputy Director, DNR

The meeting was adjourned at 12:03 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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04:21 - Presentation on the state of electric vehicles in Minnesota.
45:59 - Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Stephenson) Establishing preference for purchase of electric vehicles for state fleet; requiring certification of training of motor vehicle dealer employees; providing rebates for electric vehicle purchases; requiring certain utilities to file plans with the Public Utilities Commission to promote electric vehicles; awarding grants to automobile dealers to defray cost of manufacturer certification allowing electric vehicle sales.
1:05:00 - Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Lee) requiring the purchase of electric buses by the Metropolitan Council.
1:13:27 - Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Hollins) allowing a public utility to file a program with the PUC to promote the deployment of electric school buses.
1:27:43 - Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Bierman) requiring installation of electric vehicle charging stations in state parks.

Runs 1 hour, 33 minutes


Presentation on the state of electric vehicles in Minnesota
-Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Stephenson) Relating to electric vehicles; various provisions
-Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Lee) requiring the purchase of electric buses by the​ Metropolitan Council
-Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Hollins) allowing a public utility to file a program with the Public Utilities​ Commission to promote the deployment of electric school buses
-Informational hearing on HF XXXX (Bierman) requiring installation of electric vehicle charging​ stations in state parks

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

Note: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Do not contact Jenny about the content of this meeting.

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