Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

HF 1301

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/18/2013 06:54pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
Line numbers 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20
1.21 1.22 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34
3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20
3.21

A bill for an act
relating to energy; providing for state energy conservation policies; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 216B.2401; 216C.05.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 216B.2401, is amended to read:


216B.2401 ENERGY deleted text beginCONSERVATIONdeleted text endnew text begin SAVINGSnew text end POLICY GOAL.

new text begin The legislature finds that energy savings are an energy resource, and that
cost-effective energy savings are preferred over all other energy resources. The legislature
further finds that cost-effective energy savings should be procured systematically and
aggressively in order to reduce utility costs for businesses and residents, improve the
competitiveness and profitability of businesses, create more energy-related jobs, reduce the
economic burden of fuel imports, and reduce pollution and emissions that cause climate
change. Therefore,
new text endit is the energy policy of the state of Minnesota to achieve annual
energy savings equal to new text beginat least new text end1.5 percent of annual retail energy sales of electricity and
natural gas deleted text begindirectlydeleted text end throughnew text begin cost-effective new text end energy conservation improvement programs
and rate design, deleted text beginand indirectly throughdeleted text endnew text begin energy efficiency achieved by energy consumers
without direct utility involvement,
new text end energy codes and appliance standards, programs
designed to transform the market or change consumer behavior, energy savings resulting
from efficiency improvements to the utility infrastructure and system, and other efforts to
promote energy efficiency and energy conservation.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 216C.05, is amended to read:


216C.05 FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

Subdivision 1.

Energy planning.

The legislature finds and declares that continued
growth in demand for energy will cause severe social and economic dislocations, and that
the state has a vital interest in providing for: increased efficiency in energy consumption,
the development and use of renewable energy resources wherever possible, and the
creation of an effective energy forecasting, planning, and education program.

The legislature further finds and declares that the protection of life, safety, and
financial security for citizens during an energy crisis is of paramount importance.

Therefore, the legislature finds that it is in the public interest to review, analyze, and
encourage those energy programs that will minimize the need for annual increases in fossil
fuel consumption by 1990 and the need for additional electrical generating plants, and
provide for an optimum combination of energy sourcesnew text begin and energy conservationnew text end consistent
with environmental protection and the protection of citizens.

The legislature intends to monitor, through energy policy planning and
implementation, the transition from historic growth in energy demand to a period when
demand for traditional fuels becomes stable and the supply of renewable energy resources
is readily available and adequately utilized.

new text begin The legislature further finds that for economic growth, environmental improvement,
and protection of citizens, it is in the public interest to encourage those energy programs
that will provide an optimum combination of energy resources, including energy savings.
new text end

new text begin Therefore, the legislature, through its committees, must monitor and evaluate
progress towards greater reliance on cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable
energy and lesser dependence on fossil fuels in order to reduce the economic burden
of fuel imports, diversify utility-owned and consumer-owned energy resources, reduce
utility costs for businesses and residents, improve the competitiveness and profitability of
Minnesota businesses, create more energy-related jobs that contribute to the Minnesota
economy, and reduce pollution and emissions that cause climate change.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Energy policy goals.

It is the energy policy of the state of Minnesota that:

new text begin (1) annual energy savings equal to at least 1.5 percent of annual retail energy sales of
electricity and natural gas be achieved through energy efficiency;
new text end

deleted text begin (1)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end the per capita use of fossil fuel as an energy input be reduced by 15 percent
by the year 2015, through increased reliance on energy efficiency and renewable energy
alternatives; and

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end 25 percent of the total energy used in the state be derived from renewable
energy resources by the year 2025.

Sec. 3. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; DIVISION OF ENERGY
RESOURCES; INTERIM ACTIVITY.
new text end

new text begin The division of energy resources of the Department of Commerce must conduct
public meetings with stakeholders and members of the public during the interim between
the 2013 and 2014 regular legislative sessions and shall produce a report on findings and
legislative recommendations to accomplish the following purposes:
new text end

new text begin (1) clarify statewide energy-savings policies and utility energy-savings goals;
new text end

new text begin (2) maximize cost-effective energy savings, including energy savings of large
customers;
new text end

new text begin (3) maximize carbon reductions and economic benefits from energy efficiency and
conservation improvements;
new text end

new text begin (4) minimize total utility costs and rate impacts for ratepayers in all sectors;
new text end

new text begin (5) determine appropriate funding sources for nonconservation projects and
programs, including cogeneration projects; and
new text end

new text begin (6) determine the appropriate consideration in the integrated resource planning and
certificate of need processes of the requirement for energy conservation efforts, including
attaining energy saving goals required in the conservation improvement program.
new text end

new text begin The report must be submitted by January 15, 2014, to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the committees of the legislature with primary jurisdiction over energy policy.
new text end

new text begin The division must provide public notice of the meetings.
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