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HF 2592

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/18/2019 02:41pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to schools; authorizing school boards to own and operate renewable energy
systems; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.02, subdivision 21.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.02, subdivision 21, is amended to read:


Subd. 21.

deleted text beginWind energy conversion systemdeleted text endnew text begin Renewable energynew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endThe board, or more
than one board acting jointly under the authority granted by section 471.59, may construct,
acquire, own in whole or in part, operate, and sell and retain and spend the payment received
from selling energy from a deleted text beginwind energy conversion system, as defined in section 216C.06,
subdivision 19
. An individual school board's share of the installed capacity of the wind
energy conversion systems authorized by this subdivision must not exceed 3.3 megawatts
of nameplate capacity, provided that if more than one board is acting jointly, each board
may have a separate share of no more than 3.3 megawatts of nameplate capacity
deleted text endnew text begin renewable
energy system or an energy storage system
new text end.

new text begin (b)new text end A board owning, operating, or selling energy from a deleted text beginwind energy conversiondeleted text end
new text begin renewable energy system or an energy storage new text endsystem must integrate information about
deleted text begin wind energy conversiondeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end systems in its educational programming.

new text begin (c)new text end The board, or more than one board acting jointly under the authority granted by
section 471.59, may be a limited partner in a partnership, a member of a limited liability
company, or a shareholder in a corporation, established for the sole purpose of constructing,
acquiring, owning in whole or in part, financing, or operating a deleted text beginwind energy conversiondeleted text endnew text begin
renewable energy system or an energy storage
new text end system for the benefit of the district or districts
in accordance with this section.

new text begin (d)new text end A board individually, or acting jointly, or an entity of which a board is a limited
partner, member, or shareholder, may not sell, transmit, or distribute the electrical energy
at retail or provide for end use of the electrical energy at an off-site facility of the board or
entity. Nothing in this subdivision modifies the exclusive service territories or exclusive
right to serve as provided in sections 216B.37 to 216B.43.

new text begin (e) For the purposes of this section:
new text end

new text begin (1) "renewable energy system" means hydro, wind, solar, and geothermal energy and
the use of trees or other vegetation as fuel; and
new text end

new text begin (2) "energy storage system" means a commercially available technology that uses
mechanical, chemical, or thermal processes to:
new text end

new text begin (i) store energy and deliver the stored energy for use at a later time; or
new text end

new text begin (ii) store thermal energy for direct use for heating or cooling at a later time in a manner
that reduces the demand for electricity at a later time.
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