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HF 95

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 02/12/2015 04:50pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to energy; eliminating the size limitation on hydropower sources that
may satisfy the renewable energy standard; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014,
section 216B.1691, subdivision 1.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 216B.1691, subdivision 1, is amended to

Subdivision 1.


(a) Unless otherwise specified in law, "eligible energy
technology" means an energy technology that generates electricity from the following
renewable energy sources:

(1) solar;

(2) wind;

(3) hydroelectric deleted text beginwith a capacity of less than 100 megawattsdeleted text end;

(4) hydrogen, provided that after January 1, 2010, the hydrogen must be generated
from the resources listed in this paragraph; or

(5) biomass, which includes, without limitation, landfill gas; an anaerobic digester
system; the predominantly organic components of wastewater effluent, sludge, or related
by-products from publicly owned treatment works, but not including incineration of
wastewater sludge to produce electricity; and an energy recovery facility used to capture
the heat value of mixed municipal solid waste or refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal
solid waste as a primary fuel.

(b) "Electric utility" means a public utility providing electric service, a generation
and transmission cooperative electric association, a municipal power agency, or a power

(c) "Total retail electric sales" means the kilowatt-hours of electricity sold in a year
by an electric utility to retail customers of the electric utility or to a distribution utility
for distribution to the retail customers of the distribution utility. deleted text begin"Total retail electric
deleted text enddeleted text beginsales" does not include the sale of hydroelectricity supplied by a federal power marketing
deleted text enddeleted text beginadministration or other federal agency, regardless of whether the sales are directly to a
deleted text enddeleted text begindistribution utility or are made to a generation and transmission utility and pooled for
deleted text enddeleted text beginfurther allocation to a distribution utility.
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