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HF 3929

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/27/2020 01:46pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to energy; establishing a grant program for innovative distributed energy
projects; appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginINNOVATIVE DISTRIBUTED ENERGY PROJECT GRANT PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given them.
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new text begin (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of commerce.
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new text begin (c) "Energy storage" means a technology that absorbs and stores electrical energy and
is capable of dispatching the stored energy at a later time.
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new text begin (d) "Innovative distributed energy project" means a project:
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new text begin (1) with a nameplate capacity of ten kilowatts or less;
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new text begin (2) that contains at least two of the following components:
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new text begin (i) photovoltaic devices, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 216C.06, subdivision
16;
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new text begin (ii) a wind energy conversion system, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 216C.06,
subdivision 19; or
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new text begin (iii) an energy storage system; and
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new text begin (3) that interconnects directly with the electric distribution system of a cooperative
electric association or municipal utility, bypassing the high-voltage transmission network.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must establish an innovative distributed
energy project grant program in the Department of Commerce to provide financial assistance
to cooperative electric associations and municipal utilities that interconnect such projects
to the cooperative electric association or municipal utility's distribution system.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin Application for a grant under this section must be made to the
commissioner on a form developed by the commissioner. The commissioner must develop
procedures to (1) solicit and review applications, and (2) award grants under this section.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Eligible expenditures. new text end

new text begin Appropriations made to support the activities of this
section must be used only to:
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new text begin (1) provide grants under this section; and
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new text begin (2) reimburse the department's reasonable expenses to administer the grant program.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $5,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of commerce to award innovative distributed energy project grants under section 1. This is
a onetime appropriation. This appropriation remains available until December 31, 2022.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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