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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL)

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
State Representatives Bill Hilty, Jeanne Wagenius and Kate Knuth offered this response on today’s introduction of HF9, a lifting of the ban on nuclear power plants in Minnesota. The bill was passed in the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee along party lines and next moves to the Commerce Committee. STATE REP. JEAN WAGENIUS (DFL - MINNEAPOLIS) “Nuclear energy is by far the most expensive new electricity source that could be proposed, a cost that must not be passed on to electricity consumers," said Wagenius. “This proposal abandons the common sense and frugality pledge with regard to Minnesota tax dollars made by Speaker Zellers on the first day of session.” STATE REP. BILL HILTY (DFL - FINLAYSON) "There is absolutely no evidence that it is possible to deliver nuclear energy on time and on budget. To date, there have been lots of promises, but no success,” said Hilty. “Over the past few years, Minnesota has made a nation-leading commitment to home-grown renewable resources. Our emphasis on renewable energy is jobs now, not jobs 10-15 years from now.” STATE REP. KATE KNUTH (DFL - NEW BRIGHTON) “Lifting the moratorium on nuclear power in Minnesota would saddle ratepayers with unnecessary risk for one of the most expensive sources of energy. Xcel energy has spent over $750 million since 1990 on electric conservation programs, reducing the electric demand by over 2,400 megawatts – which is more than two Prairie Island nuclear generating facilities,” said Knuth. “While proponents of the repeal laud it as a job creator, passing this bill would be a big step backward in continuing the growth of home-grown clean energy jobs.”