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FOURTEENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 25, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTEENTH 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 25th, 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

A quorum was present.

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

Representative Acomb presented HF 0751, A bill for an act relating to energy; establishing beneficial building electrification goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 216B.

Representative Acomb moved that HF 0751 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Acomb moved the HF0751A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 0751:
• Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Lead Director, Energy Transition Fresh Energy
• Andy Snope, Legislative and Political Director, IBEW 292

Representative Acomb renewed her motion that HF 0751, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Acomb presented HF 1256, A bill for an act relating to energy; establishing the Minnesota efficient technology accelerator to benefit Minnesota utility consumers by accelerating deployment and reducing the cost of emerging and innovative efficient technologies; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216B.241, by adding a subdivision.

Representative Acomb moved that HF 1256 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Acomb moved the HF1256DE3 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1256:
• Jamie Fitzke, Legislative Policy Manager, Center for Energy and the Environment
• Jeff Harris, Chief Transformation Officer, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
• Benjamin Stafford, Director of Government Affairs, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota

Representative Swedzinski moved the HF1256A1 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Franson moved to table HF1256.

Representative Franson requested a roll call to the motion to table HF1256.

AYES:
Swedzinski
Boe
Franson
Gruenhagen
Igo
Mekeland

NAYS:
Long
Acomb
Bierman
Christensen
Hollins
Hornstein
Lee
Lippert
Lislegard
Stephenson

ABSTAINED:
Munson

There being 6 ayes, 10 nays, and 1 abstention, THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Acomb renewed her motion that HF 1256, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Bierman presented House Research BE053, A bill for an act relating to the State Building Code; requiring new construction and major remodeling of residential structures and parking facilities to contain electrical infrastructure to allow for the build-out of electric vehicle charging stations; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 326B.106, subdivision 4.

Testifying on House Research BE053:
• Brendan Jordan, Drive Electric Minnesota
• Dean Taylor, Senior Policy Advisor, Plug in America
• Ben Rabe, Building Performance Director, Fresh Energy

Public testimony on House Research BE053:
• Andy Snope, Legislative and Political Director, IBEW 292

The meeting was adjourned at 12:01 PM.


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Representative Jamie Long, Chair


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Mike Hermanson, Committee Legislative Assistant




More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF751 (Acomb) - Beneficial building electrification goals established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health.
  • HF1256 (Acomb) - Minnesota efficient technology accelerator established to benefit utility consumers by deployment acceleration and cost reduction of emerging and innovating efficient technologies.
House TV Video:
View Archive

01:05 - HF751 (Acomb) Beneficial building electrification goals established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health.
33:05 - HF1256 (Acomb) Minnesota efficient technology accelerator established to benefit utility consumers by deployment acceleration and cost reduction of emerging and innovating efficient technologies.
1:10:40 - HFXXXX (Bierman) Requiring new construction and major remodeling of residential structures and parking facilities to contain electrical infrastructure to allow for the build-out of electric vehicle charging stations.
- Informational hearing only.


HF751 (Acomb) - Beneficial building electrification goals established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health
HF1256 (Acomb) - Minnesota efficient technology accelerator established to benefit utility consumers by deployment acceleration and cost reduction of emerging and innovating efficient technologies
Informational HF XXXX (Bierman) Requiring new construction and major​ remodeling of residential structures and parking facilities to contain electrical​ infrastructure to allow for the build-out of electric vehicle charging stations
*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

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.

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