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5th Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:46am

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; regulating electric vehicle infrastructure; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 16C.137, subdivision 1; 169.011, by adding
subdivisions; 216B.02, subdivision 4; 216B.241, subdivision 9; Laws 2006,
chapter 245, section 1; Laws 2008, chapter 287, article 1, section 118; proposing
coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 325F.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 16C.137, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Goals and actions.

(a) Using 2005 as a baseline, the state of
Minnesota shall reduce the use of gasoline by on-road vehicles owned by state departments
by 25 percent by 2010 and by 50 percent by 2015, and the use of petroleum-based diesel
fuel in diesel-fueled vehicles by ten percent by 2010 and 25 percent by 2015.

(b) To meet the goals established in paragraph (a), each state department must,
whenever legally, technically, and economically feasible, subject to the specific needs of
the department and responsible management of agency finances:

(1) ensure that all new on-road vehicles purchased, excluding emergency and law
enforcement vehicles:

(i) use "cleaner fuels" as that term is defined in section 16C.135, subdivision 1,
clauses (1), (3), and (4); deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(ii) have fuel efficiency ratings that exceed 30 miles per gallon for city usage or 35
miles per gallon for highway usage, including but not limited to hybrid electric cars and
hydrogen-powered vehicles;new text begin or
new text end

new text begin (iii) are powered solely by electricity;
new text end

(2) increase its use of renewable transportation fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel,
and hydrogen from agricultural products; and

(3) increase its use of Web-based Internet applications and other electronic
information technologies to enhance the access to and delivery of government information
and services to the public, and reduce the reliance on the department's fleet for the delivery
of such information and services.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.011, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 26a. new text end

new text begin Electric vehicle. new text end

new text begin (a) "Electric vehicle" means a motor vehicle that is able
to be powered by an electric motor drawing current from rechargeable storage batteries,
fuel cells, or other portable sources of electrical current, and meets or exceeds applicable
regulations in Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, part 571, and successor requirements.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Electric vehicle" includes:
new text end

new text begin (1) a neighborhood electric vehicle;
new text end

new text begin (2) a medium-speed electric vehicle; and
new text end

new text begin (3) a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.011, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 54a. new text end

new text begin Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. new text end

new text begin "Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle"
means an electric vehicle that (1) contains an internal combustion engine, and also allows
power to be delivered to the drive wheels by a battery-powered electric motor; (2) when
connected to the electrical grid via an electrical outlet, is able to recharge its battery; and
(3) has the ability to travel at least 20 miles powered substantially by electricity.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 216B.02, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Public utility.

"Public utility" means persons, corporations, or other legal
entities, their lessees, trustees, and receivers, now or hereafter operating, maintaining,
or controlling in this state equipment or facilities for furnishing at retail natural,
manufactured, or mixed gas or electric service to or for the public or engaged in the
production and retail sale thereof but does not include (1) a municipality or a cooperative
electric association, organized under the provisions of chapter 308A, producing or
furnishing natural, manufactured, or mixed gas or electric service deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin;new text end (2) a retail seller of
compressed natural gas used as a vehicular fuel which purchases the gas from a public
utilitynew text begin; or (3) a retail seller of electricity used to recharge a battery that powers an electric
vehicle, as defined in section 169.011, subdivision 26a
new text endnew text begin, and that is not otherwise a public
utility under this chapter
new text end. Except as otherwise provided, the provisions of this chapter
shall not be applicable to any sale of natural, manufactured, or mixed gas or electricity
by a public utility to another public utility for resale. In addition, the provisions of this
chapter shall not apply to a public utility whose total natural gas business consists of
supplying natural, manufactured, or mixed gas to not more than 650 customers within a
city pursuant to a franchise granted by the city, provided a resolution of the city council
requesting exemption from regulation is filed with the commission. The city council
may rescind the resolution requesting exemption at any time, and, upon the filing of the
rescinding resolution with the commission, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to the
public utility. No person shall be deemed to be a public utility if it furnishes its services
only to tenants or cooperative or condominium owners in buildings owned, leased, or
operated by such person. No person shall be deemed to be a public utility if it furnishes
service to occupants of a manufactured home or trailer park owned, leased, or operated by
such person. No person shall be deemed to be a public utility if it produces or furnishes
service to less than 25 persons.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 216B.241, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Building performance standards; Sustainable Building 2030.

(a) The
purpose of this subdivision is to establish cost-effective energy-efficiency performance
standards for new and substantially reconstructed commercial, industrial, and institutional
buildings that can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by lowering energy use in
new and substantially reconstructed buildings. For the purposes of this subdivision, the
establishment of these standards may be referred to as Sustainable Building 2030.

(b) The commissioner shall contract with the Center for Sustainable Building
Research at the University of Minnesota to coordinate development and implementation
of energy-efficiency performance standards, strategic planning, research, data analysis,
technology transfer, training, and other activities related to the purpose of Sustainable
Building 2030. The commissioner and the Center for Sustainable Building Research
shall, in consultation with utilities, builders, developers, building operators, and experts
in building design and technology, develop a Sustainable Building 2030 implementation
plan that must address, at a minimum, the following issues:

(1) training architects to incorporate the performance standards in building design;

(2) incorporating the performance standards in utility conservation improvement
programs; and

(3) developing procedures for ongoing monitoring of energy use in buildings that
have adopted the performance standards.

The plan must be submitted to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and
house of representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over energy policy by
July 1, 2009.

(c) Sustainable Building 2030 energy-efficiency performance standards must be firm,
quantitative measures of total building energy use and associated carbon dioxide emissions
per square foot for different building types and uses, that allow for accurate determinations
of a building's conformance with a performance standard. new text beginPerformance standards must
address energy use by electric vehicle charging infrastructure in or adjacent to buildings as
that infrastructure begins to be made widely available.
new text endThe energy-efficiency performance
standards must be updated every three or five years to incorporate all cost-effective
measures. The performance standards must reflect the reductions in carbon dioxide
emissions per square foot resulting from actions taken by utilities to comply with the
renewable energy standards in section 216B.1691. The performance standards should be
designed to achieve reductions equivalent to the following reduction schedule, measured
against energy consumption by an average building in each applicable building sector in
2003: (1) 60 percent in 2010; (2) 70 percent in 2015; (3) 80 percent in 2020; and (4) 90
percent in 2025. A performance standard must not be established or increased absent a
conclusive engineering analysis that it is cost-effective based upon established practices
used in evaluating utility conservation improvement programs.

(d) The annual amount of the contract with the Center for Sustainable Building
Research is up to $500,000. The Center for Sustainable Building Research shall expend
no more than $150,000 of this amount each year on administration, coordination, and
oversight activities related to Sustainable Building 2030. The balance of contract funds
must be spent for subcontracts with not-for-profit energy organizations, architecture and
engineering firms, and other qualified entities to undertake technical projects and activities
in support of Sustainable Building 2030. The primary work to be accomplished each
year by qualified technical experts under subcontracts is the development and thorough
justification of recommendations for specific energy-efficiency performance standards.
Additional work may include:

(1) research, development, and demonstration of new energy-efficiency technologies
and techniques suitable for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings;

(2) analysis and evaluation of practices in building design, construction,
commissioning and operations, and analysis and evaluation of energy use in the
commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors;

(3) analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Sustainable
Building 2030 performance standards, conservation improvement programs, and building
energy codes;

(4) development and delivery of training programs for architects, engineers,
commissioning agents, technicians, contractors, equipment suppliers, developers, and
others in the building industries; and

(5) analyze and evaluate the effect of building operations on energy use.

(e) The commissioner shall require utilities to develop and implement conservation
improvement programs that are expressly designed to achieve energy efficiency goals
consistent with the Sustainable Building 2030 performance standards. These programs
must include offerings of design assistance and modeling, financial incentives, and the
verification of the proper installation of energy-efficient design components in new
and substantially reconstructed buildings. A utility making an expenditure under its
conservation improvement program that results in a building meeting the Sustainable
Building 2030 performance standards may claim the energy savings toward its
energy-savings goal established in subdivision 1c.

(f) The commissioner shall report to the legislature every three years, beginning
January 15, 2010, on the cost-effectiveness and progress of implementing the Sustainable
Building 2030 performance standards and shall make recommendations on the need to
continue the program as described in this section.

Sec. 6.

new text begin [325F.185] ELECTRIC VEHICLE INFRASTRUCTURE.
new text end

new text begin Any electric vehicle infrastructure installed in this state must without significant
upgrading of the electric vehicle infrastructure:
new text end

new text begin (1) allow for utilization of the electric vehicle infrastructure by any make, model, or
type of electric vehicle;
new text end

new text begin (2) be in compliance with section 326B.35 and standards set by the Society of
Automotive Engineers; and
new text end

new text begin (3) be capable of providing bidirectional charging, once electrical utilities achieve
a cost-effective capability to draw electricity from electric vehicles connected to the
utility grid.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Laws 2006, chapter 245, section 1, is amended to read:


Section 1. STATE PURCHASING OF new text beginELECTRIC AND new text endPLUG-IN HYBRID
ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

Subdivision 1.

Definition.

(a) As used in deleted text beginsections 2 and 3deleted text endnew text begin this sectionnew text end, "plug-in
hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)" means a vehicle containing an internal combustion
engine that also allows power to be delivered to the drive wheels by a battery-powered
electric motor and that meets applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards. When
connected to the electrical grid via an electrical outlet, the vehicle must be able to
recharge its battery. The vehicle must have the ability to travel at least 20 miles, powered
substantially by electricity.

(b) As used in this section, "neighborhood electric vehicle" means an electrically
powered motor vehicle that has four wheels and has a speed attainable in one mile of at
least 20 miles per hour but not more than 25 miles per hour on a paved level surface.

new text begin (c) As used in this section, "electric vehicle" has the meaning given in section
169.011, subdivision 26a.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Notice of state procurement policy in bid documents.

All solicitation
documents for the purchase of a passenger automobile, as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
section 168.011, subdivision 7; pickup truck, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section
168.011, subdivision 29; or van, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 168.011,
subdivision 28
, issued under the jurisdiction of the Department of Administration after
June 30, 2006, must contain the following language: "It is the intention of the state of
Minnesota to begin purchasing new text beginelectric vehicles, new text endplug-in hybrid electric vehicles and
neighborhood electric vehicles as soon as they become commercially available, meet the
state's performance specifications, and are priced no more than ten percent above the price
for comparable gasoline-powered vehicles. It is the intention of the state to purchasenew text begin
electric vehicles,
new text end plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and neighborhood electric vehicles
whenever practicable after these conditions have been met and as fleet needs dictate for
at least five years after these conditions have been met.new text begin"
new text end

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 8.

Laws 2008, chapter 287, article 1, section 118, is amended to read:


Sec. 118. STUDY OF TRANSPORTATION LONG-RANGE SOLUTIONS.

(a) The commissioner of transportation shall conduct a study in consultation with
other state agencies and key stakeholders to evaluate the current and long-range needs of
the state's transportation system, and investigate possible strategies to meet these needs.

(b) The study must include, but is not limited to:

(1) evaluation of the current needs of the state's highway systems, bridges, and
transit;

(2) analysis and quantification of the needs for the next 20 years of the state's
highway systems, bridges, and transit;

(3) comparison of estimates of revenues raised by current transportation funding
sources, with long-term needs of the state's transportation system;

(4) identification of options for maintenance and improvement of the state's
transportation system with specific reference to the effects of potential increases in vehicle
fuel economy, availability of alternative modes of transportation, and extreme fuel price
volatility on future transportation revenues;

(5) analysis of alternative pricing options utilized in other states and countries,
and their potential for use, public acceptance, alleviation of congestion, and revenue
generation in this state; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(6) identification of options for road-use pricing, other alternative financing
mechanisms with particular consideration of key environmental impacts such as air
quality, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions, and estimates of implementation
costs, user costs, and revenuedeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (7) evaluation of the impact of the use of electric vehicles, as defined in Minnesota
Statutes, section 169.011, subdivision 26a, and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as defined in
Minnesota Statutes, section 169.011, subdivision 54a, on the current funding mechanisms
for the state's roadways and an analysis of methods to mitigate the impact.
new text end

(c) The commissioner shall report the results of the study to the legislature no later
than November 1, 2009.

Sec. 9. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin The revisor shall codify Laws 2006, chapter 245, section 1, in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 16C.
new text end