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HF 2738

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/06/2014 01:06pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/06/2014

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; motor vehicles; eliminating barriers to the purchase
of cleaner fuel-powered motor vehicles by state agencies; modifying state
SmartFleet requirements; requiring a study on electric plug-in vehicle charging
stations at multiunit housing facilities; creating a Biomethane Task Force;
requiring reports; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 16C.135,
subdivision 3; 16C.137, subdivisions 1, 2; 16C.138, subdivision 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 16C.135, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Vehicle purchases.

new text beginConsistent with section 16C.137, subdivision 1,
new text endwhen purchasing a motor vehicle for the central motor pool or for use by an agency, the
commissioner or the agency shall purchase a motor vehicle that is capable of being powered
by cleaner fuels, or a motor vehicle powered by electricity or by a combination of electricity
and liquid fuel, deleted text beginif such a motor vehicle is reasonably available at similar costs to other
vehicles and
deleted text end if the vehicle is capable of carrying out the purpose for which it is purchased.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 16C.137, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

deleted text beginGoals and actionsdeleted text endnew text begin SmartFleet requirementsnew text end.

deleted text begin (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.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) To meet the goals established in paragraph (a),deleted text end 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 1deleted text begin,
clauses (1), (3), and (4)
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; or

(iii) are powered solely by electricity;

(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.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 16C.137, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

SmartFleet Committee.

(a) The commissioner of administration, or the
commissioner's designee, shall chair a SmartFleet Committee consisting of representatives
designated by the commissioners of the Pollution Control Agency, the Departments of
Agriculture deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin,new text end Commerce, new text beginNatural Resources, and Transportation, new text endand other state
departments that wish to participate. To ensure effective and efficient state participation,
the SmartFleet Committee must assist state departments in implementing the requirements
of this section, including providing information, guidance, sample policies and procedures,
and technical and planning assistance.

(b) The SmartFleet Committee must evaluate the goals and directives established
in this sectionnew text begin, and report its findings to the governor and the appropriate committees
of the legislature
new text end by deleted text beginDecember 2006 and periodically thereafter.deleted text end new text beginFebruary 1 of each
odd-numbered year. In the report,
new text endthe committee deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end make recommendations deleted text beginto
the governor and appropriate committees of the legislature
deleted text end for new or adjusted goals
deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin,new text end directivesnew text begin, or legislative initiativesnew text end, in light of the progress the state has made
implementing this sectiondeleted text begin,deleted text end and deleted text beginofdeleted text end the availability of new or improved technologies.

(c) For the systematic and efficient monitoring of progress in implementing this
section by the SmartFleet Committee, the Department of Administration shall implement
a fleet reporting and information management system. Each department will use this
management system to demonstrate its progress in complying with this section.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 16C.138, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Notice of state procurement policy in bid documents.

All solicitation
documents for the purchase of a passenger automobile, as defined in section 168.002,
subdivision 24
; pickup truck, as defined in section 168.002, subdivision 26; or van, as
defined in section 168.002, subdivision 40, 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 electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid
electric vehicles, and neighborhood electric vehicles deleted text beginas 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
deleted text endnew text begin if the total life-cycle
cost of ownership is less than or comparable to that of gasoline-powered vehicles
new text end. It is the
intention of the state to purchase electric vehicles, 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."

Sec. 5. new text beginELECTRIC PLUG-IN VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS; MULTIUNIT
RESIDENTIAL STUDY.
new text end

new text begin The Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, in collaboration
with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, shall perform a study analyzing electric
plug-in vehicle charging stations at multiunit housing facilities in Minnesota. The study
shall analyze and report on: (1) the current availability of charging stations for electric
plug-in vehicles at multiunit housing facilities; (2) the average installed cost of an electric
plug-in vehicle charging station; (3) current and projected demand for charging stations
at multiunit housing facilities; (4) the impact, if any, that building codes, state laws,
municipal ordinances, homeowners' association policies, and other similar policies have
on the availability and affordability of charging stations at multiunit housing facilities;
(5) any legal, technical, or other barriers to increasing the number of charging stations at
multiunit housing facilities; (6) potential economic, environmental, or other benefits that
would likely accrue should charging stations at multiunit housing facilities become more
widely available; and (7) any proposed legislative initiatives, programs, or incentives to
encourage installation of electric plug-in vehicle charging stations at multiunit housing
facilities, as applicable. The results of the study shall be presented to the legislative
committees with jurisdiction over transportation policy and finance and energy policy
and finance by March 1, 2015.
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. 6. new text beginBIOMETHANE TASK FORCE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section, "biomethane" has the
meaning given in Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.241, subdivision 5b, paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Establishment; membership. new text end

new text begin The Biomethane Task Force is established.
The task force shall consist of 18 members as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) one representative from the investor-owned utility with the greatest number of
customers in Minnesota;
new text end

new text begin (2) one representative each from the Department of Commerce, the Department of
Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, and the Pollution Control Agency;
new text end

new text begin (3) the director of the Travel Management Division of the Department of
Administration, or the director's designee;
new text end

new text begin (4) one representative from the University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts
and Biosystems Engineering;
new text end

new text begin (5) two representatives from companies whose business is biomethane project
development. The companies should be either Minnesota-based or represented by a
Minnesota representative if a national or international company;
new text end

new text begin (6) one representative from a nongovernmental organization with biomethane
expertise;
new text end

new text begin (7) one representative from a nongovernmental organization with transportation
policy expertise;
new text end

new text begin (8) one representative of a natural gas pipeline operator;
new text end

new text begin (9) one representative of a manufacturer of motor vehicles capable of operating
on biomethane fuel;
new text end

new text begin (10) one representative of a municipal solid waste hauler with experience using
vehicles operating on biomethane as a transportation fuel;
new text end

new text begin (11) one representative of a Minnesota city;
new text end

new text begin (12) one representative of a Minnesota county;
new text end

new text begin (13) one representative of an operator of a large-scale composting facility; and
new text end

new text begin (14) one representative of an energy services company with experience in leveraging
environmental credits for the use of biomethane as a transportation fuel.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Appointment. new text end

new text begin The chairs of the senate and house of representatives
committees with primary jurisdiction over transportation policy shall jointly appoint
the task force members.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Cochairs. new text end

new text begin The task force shall have two cochairs, one appointed by each
of the appointing authorities established in subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Charge. new text end

new text begin (a) The Biomethane Task Force shall identify barriers to the
adoption of biomethane vehicles by state agencies, small and large private fleets, and
Minnesota drivers at-large and develop strategies to be implemented over three-, five-, and
ten-year time frames to overcome those barriers.
new text end

new text begin (b) The task force shall consider and evaluate the data and information presented to
it under subdivision 5 in presenting its findings and recommendations.
new text end

new text begin (c) The task force shall consider the feasibility of a pilot project in which household
organic waste is collected and processed into biomethane for use as motor vehicle fuel. If
the task force finds a pilot project would be technically feasible, it shall identify barriers
to the project, develop recommendations to overcome the barriers, and offer general
recommendations on how the project could be implemented, including but not limited to
whether a public-private partnership model would be appropriate and if so, which entities
or types of entities should be included in the partnership.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Data and analysis. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency
shall analyze statewide potential for biomethane generation and suggest appropriate
penetration rate targets for biomethane as transportation fuel for passenger vehicles, small
and large private fleets, and state and municipal government fleets. The commissioner
shall analyze and report to task force members the environmental impacts and benefits of
using biomethane as a transportation fuel option in different types of vehicles, including
but not limited to air emissions from vehicles and potential water quality and other
benefits of biomethane production.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Expenses. new text end

new text begin Members of the task force are entitled to reimbursement
for expenses under Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 6. Member
reimbursements shall be paid by the commissioner of commerce.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Staff. new text end

new text begin The state agencies represented on the commission shall provide
staff support.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The task force shall present its findings and recommendations in a
report to the chairs of the senate and house of representatives committees with primary
jurisdiction over transportation and energy policy by December 1, 2016.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The task force expires June 30, 2017.
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