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HF 879

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 04/08/2013 04:05pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to energy; extending funding for research on renewable energy to the
University of Minnesota; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 116C.779,
subdivision 3.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 116C.779, subdivision 3, is amended to

Subd. 3.

Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment.

new text beginNotwithstanding subdivision 1, paragraph (g), new text endbeginning July 1, 2009, and each July
1 through deleted text begin2011deleted text endnew text begin 2014new text end, $5,000,000 must be allocated from the renewable development
account to fund a grant to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the
Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment for the purposes described in
paragraph (b). The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment must set aside
at least 15 percent of the funds received annually under the grant for qualified projects
conducted at a rural campus or experiment station. Any set-aside funds not awarded to a
rural campus or experiment station at the end of the fiscal year revert back to the Initiative
for Renewable Energy and the Environment for its exclusive use. This subdivision does
not create an obligation to contribute funds to the account.

(b) Activities funded under this grant may include, but are not limited to:

(1) environmentally sound production of energy from a renewable energy source,
including biomass and agricultural crops;

(2) environmentally sound production of hydrogen from biomass and any other
renewable energy source for energy storage and energy utilization;

(3) development of energy conservation and efficient energy utilization technologies;

(4) energy storage technologies; and

(5) analysis of policy options to facilitate adoption of technologies that use or
produce low-carbon renewable energy.

(c) For the purposes of this subdivision:

(1) "biomass" means plant and animal material, agricultural and forest residues,
mixed municipal solid waste, and sludge from wastewater treatment; and

(2) "renewable energy source" means hydro, wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal
energy, and microorganisms used as an energy source.

(d) Beginning January 15 of 2010, and each year thereafter, the director of the
Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment at the University of Minnesota shall
submit a report to the chair and ranking minority members of the senate and house of
representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over energy finance describing the
activities conducted during the previous year funded under this subdivision.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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