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Climate and Energy Finance and Policy

TWENTY-THIRD MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 26, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-THIRD 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 March 26th, 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
Lippert, Todd
Lislegard, Dave
Mekeland, Shane
Munson, Jeremy
Stephenson, Zack

Excused:
Lee, Fue

A quorum was present.

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

Representative Acomb assumed the gavel at 10:33 AM.

Representative Long presented HF 2109, A bill for an act relating to energy; appropriating money to install solar photovoltaic devices on state-owned buildings.

Representative Long moved that HF 2109 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Testifying on HF 2109:
• Justin Fay, Public Policy Director, Fresh Energy
• Isabel Ricker, Senior Clean Electricity Manager, Fresh Energy

Public Testimony on HF2109:
• Braden Solum, Vice President of Business Development, Ideal Energy

Representative Long renewed his motion that HF 2109 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Long assumed the gavel at 10:47 AM.

Representative Boe presented HF 2234, A bill for an act relating to electric vehicles; requiring installation of electric vehicle charging stations at county government centers; appropriating money.

Representative Boe moved that HF 2234 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Boe moved the HF2234A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative offered an oral amendment to HF 2234 as follows: Page 2, Line 14, delete “natural resources,” and insert “commerce,” THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS INCORPORATED.

Testifying on HF 2234:
• Connor J. Anderson, Inside Sales Representative, ChargePoint Inc
• Ram Ambatipudi, Vice-President Business Development, EV Connect

Representative Boe renewed his motion that HF 2234 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Lislegard presented House Research BE086, A bill for an act relating to state purchasing; requiring the reporting of the global warming impacts of certain construction materials used in state buildings; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 16B.

Testifying on House Research BE086:
Bree Halverson, Minnesota Regional Program Manager, BlueGreen Alliance
John Arbogast, Staff Representative, United Steelworkers District 11

Representative Sundin presented HF 1486, A bill for an act relating to energy; establishing a program to provide financial incentives for the production of wood pellets; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 216B.

Representative Long moved that HF 1486 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Testifying on HF 1486:
• Pete Aube, Forestry Director, Greater Bemidji
• Marty Goulet, Director, Highland Pellets
• Matt Rajala, Plant Manager, Rajala Companies
• Dave Hengel, Executive Director, Greater Bemidji

Public Testimony on HF 1486:
• Lori Lyman, Public Affairs, Packaging Corporation of America
• Tim Wegner, Operator and Wood Fiber Council Member, USW 159
• Bob Ryan, Member, US Steelworkers District 11

Representative Long renewed his motion that HF 1486 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

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..
Bills Added:
  • HF1486 (Sundin) - Wood pellet production financial incentive program established, and money appropriated.
  • HF2234 (Boe) - Electric vehicle charging stations required at county government centers, and money appropriated.
  • HF2109 (Long) - Solar photovoltaic device installation in state-owned buildings funding provided, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
View Archive

2:25 - HF2109 (Long) Solar photovoltaic device installation in state-owned buildings funding provided, and money appropriated.
16:20 - HF2234 (Boe) Electric vehicle charging stations required at county government centers, and money appropriated.
34:05HFXXXX/BE086 (Lislegard) Requiring the reporting of the global warming impacts of certain construction materials used in state buildings.
50:20 - HF1486 (Sundin) Wood pellet production financial incentive program established, and money appropriated.
*Bills may be added to the agenda.


HF 1486 (Sundin) Wood pellet production financial incentive program established, and money appropriated.
HF 2234 (Boe) Electric vehicle charging stations required at county government centers, and money appropriated.
HF2109 (Long) - Solar photovoltaic device installation in state-owned buildings funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF XXX / BE086 (Lislegard) - Buy Clean and Buy Fair Minnesota Act
*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