1st Engrossment - 83rd Legislature, 2003 1st Special Session (2003 - 2003) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to energy; modifying provisions relating to 1.3 radioactive waste storage; modifying incentives and 1.4 objectives for alternative energy development; 1.5 requiring studies; approving consumptive use of water; 1.6 amending Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 116C.71, 1.7 subdivision 7; 116C.779; 216B.095; 216B.097, by adding 1.8 a subdivision; 216B.1645, by adding a subdivision; 1.9 216B.1691; 216B.241, subdivision 1b, by adding a 1.10 subdivision; 216B.2411; 216B.2424, subdivision 5; 1.11 216B.2425, by adding a subdivision; 216B.243, 1.12 subdivision 3b; 216C.051, subdivisions 3, 6, 9, by 1.13 adding a subdivision; 216C.052, subdivisions 2, 3; 1.14 216C.41, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, by adding 1.15 subdivisions; proposing coding for new law in 1.16 Minnesota Statutes, chapters 116C; 216B; repealing 1.17 Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 116C.80; 216C.051, 1.18 subdivisions 1, 4, 5. 1.19 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.20 ARTICLE 1 1.21 NUCLEAR ENERGY PROVISIONS 1.22 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 116C.71, 1.23 subdivision 7, is amended to read: 1.24 Subd. 7. [RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY.] 1.25 "Radioactive waste management facility" means a geographic site, 1.26 including buildings, structures, and equipment in or upon which 1.27 radioactive waste is retrievably or irretrievably disposed by 1.28 burial in soil or permanently stored. An independent spent fuel 1.29 storage installation located on the site of a Minnesota nuclear 1.30 generation facility for dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel 1.31 generated solely by that facility is not a radioactive waste 1.32 management facility. 2.1 Sec. 2. [116C.83] [AUTHORIZATION FOR ADDITIONAL DRY CASK 2.2 STORAGE.] 2.3 Subdivision 1. [AUTHORIZATION TO END OF CURRENT PRAIRIE 2.4 ISLAND LICENSE.] Subject to the dry cask storage limits of the 2.5 federal license for the independent spent fuel storage 2.6 installation at Prairie Island, the public utility that owns the 2.7 Prairie Island nuclear generation plant has authorization for 2.8 sufficient dry cask storage capacity at that installation to 2.9 allow: 2.10 (1) the unit 1 reactor at Prairie Island to operate until 2.11 the end of its current license in 2013; and 2.12 (2) the unit 2 reactor at Prairie Island to operate until 2.13 the end of its current license in 2014. 2.14 Subd. 2. [COMMISSION PROCESS FOR FUTURE ADDITIONAL 2.15 AUTHORIZATION.] Authorization of any additional dry cask storage 2.16 other than that provided for in subdivision 1, or expansion or 2.17 establishment of an independent spent fuel storage facility at a 2.18 nuclear generation facility in this state, is subject to 2.19 approval of a certificate of need by the public utilities 2.20 commission pursuant to section 216B.243. In any proceeding 2.21 under this subdivision, the commission may make a decision that 2.22 could result in a shutdown of a nuclear generating facility. In 2.23 considering an application for a certificate of need pursuant to 2.24 this subdivision, the commission may consider whether the public 2.25 utility that owns the nuclear generation facility in the state 2.26 is in compliance with section 216B.1691 and the utility's past 2.27 performance under that section. 2.28 Subd. 3. [LEGISLATIVE REVIEW.] (a) To allow opportunity 2.29 for review by the legislature, a decision by the commission on 2.30 an application for a certificate of need pursuant to subdivision 2.31 2 is stayed until the June 1 following the next regular annual 2.32 session of the legislature that begins after the date of the 2.33 commission decision. By January 15 of the year of that 2.34 legislative session, the commission shall issue a report to the 2.35 chairs of the house and senate committees with jurisdiction over 2.36 energy and environmental policy issues, providing a summary of 3.1 the commission's decision and the grounds for that decision, the 3.2 alternatives considered and rejected by the commission, and the 3.3 reasons for rejecting those alternatives. If the legislature 3.4 does not modify or reject the commission's decision by law 3.5 enacted during that regular legislative session, the 3.6 commission's decision shall become effective on the expiration 3.7 of the stay. 3.8 (b) The stay of a commission decision to approve an 3.9 application for a certificate of need for additional dry cask 3.10 storage under subdivision 2 does not apply to the fabrication of 3.11 the spent fuel storage casks. However, if the utility proceeds 3.12 with the fabrication of casks, it does so bearing the risk of an 3.13 adverse legislative decision. 3.14 Subd. 4. [OTHER CONDITIONS.] (a) The storage of spent 3.15 nuclear fuel in the pool and in dry casks at a nuclear 3.16 generating plant must be managed to facilitate the shipment of 3.17 waste out of state to a permanent or interim storage facility as 3.18 soon as feasible in a manner that allows the continued operation 3.19 of the plant consistent with sections 116C.71 to 116C.83 and 3.20 216B.1645, subdivision 4. 3.21 (b) The authorization for storage capacity pursuant to this 3.22 section is limited to the storage of spent nuclear fuel 3.23 generated by a Minnesota nuclear generation facility and stored 3.24 on the site of that facility. 3.25 Subd. 5. [WATER STANDARDS.] The standards established in 3.26 section 116C.76, subdivision 1, clauses (1) to (3), apply to an 3.27 independent spent fuel installation. Such an installation must 3.28 be operated in accordance with those standards. 3.29 Subd. 6. [ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PROTECTION.] (a) The 3.30 siting, construction, and operation of an independent spent fuel 3.31 storage installation located on the site of a Minnesota 3.32 generation facility for dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel 3.33 generated solely by that facility is subject to all 3.34 environmental review and protection provisions of this chapter 3.35 and chapters 115, 115B, 116, 116B, 116D, and 216B, and rules 3.36 associated with those chapters, except those statutes and rules 4.1 that apply specifically to a radioactive waste management 4.2 facility as defined in section 116C.71, subdivision 7. 4.3 (b) An environmental impact statement is required under 4.4 chapter 116D for a proposal to construct and operate a new or 4.5 expanded independent spent fuel storage installation. The 4.6 environmental quality board shall be the responsible 4.7 governmental unit for the environmental impact statement. Prior 4.8 to finding the statement adequate, the board must find that the 4.9 applicant has demonstrated that the facility is designed to 4.10 provide a reasonable expectation that the operation of the 4.11 facility will not result in groundwater contamination in excess 4.12 of the standards established in section 116C.76, subdivision 1, 4.13 clauses (1) to (3). 4.14 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.1645, is 4.15 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 4.16 Subd. 4. [SETTLEMENT WITH MDEWAKANTON DAKOTA TRIBAL 4.17 COUNCIL AT PRAIRIE ISLAND.] The commission shall approve a rate 4.18 schedule providing for the automatic adjustment of charges to 4.19 recover the costs or expenses of a settlement between the public 4.20 utility that owns the Prairie Island nuclear generation facility 4.21 and the Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Council at Prairie Island, 4.22 resolving outstanding disputes regarding the provisions of Laws 4.23 1994, chapter 641, article 1, section 4. The settlement must 4.24 provide for annual payments, not to exceed $2,500,000 annually, 4.25 by the public utility to the Prairie Island Indian Community, to 4.26 be used for, among other purposes, acquiring up to 1,500 4.27 contiguous or noncontiguous acres of land in Minnesota within 50 4.28 miles of the tribal community's reservation at Prairie Island to 4.29 be taken into trust by the federal government for the benefit of 4.30 the tribal community for housing and other residential 4.31 purposes. The legislature acknowledges that the intent to 4.32 purchase land by the tribe for relocation purposes is part of 4.33 the settlement agreement and this act. However, the state, 4.34 through the governor, reserves the right to support or oppose 4.35 any particular application to place land in trust status. 4.36 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.243, 5.1 subdivision 3b, is amended to read: 5.2 Subd. 3b. [NUCLEAR POWER PLANT; NEW CONSTRUCTION 5.3 PROHIBITED; RELICENSING.] (a) The commission may not issue a 5.4 certificate of need for the construction of a new 5.5 nuclear-powered electric generating plant. 5.6 (b) Any certificate of need for additional storage of spent 5.7 nuclear fuel for a facility seeking a license extension shall 5.8 address the impacts of continued operations over the period for 5.9 which approval is sought. 5.10 Sec. 5. [PERSONS LIVING NEAR A NUCLEAR FACILITY; HEALTH 5.11 STUDY.] 5.12 The commissioner of health shall review data collected by 5.13 the department, and in the context of other relevant information 5.14 developed by the National Institutes of Health and other 5.15 entities, report to the legislature by January 1, 2004, on 5.16 whether a further health study funded by the owner of the 5.17 Prairie Island nuclear facility is necessary. 5.18 Sec. 6. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 5.19 This article is effective the day following final enactment. 5.20 ARTICLE 2 5.21 RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT 5.22 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 116C.779, is 5.23 amended to read: 5.24 116C.779 [FUNDING FOR RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT.] 5.25 Subdivision 1. [RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT.] (a) The 5.26 public utility that
operatesowns the Prairie Island nuclear 5.27 generating plant must transfer to a renewable development 5.28 account $500,000 each year for each dry cask containing spent5.29 fuel that is located at the independent spent fuel storage5.30 installation at Prairie Island after January 1, 1999$16,000,000 5.31 annually each year the plant is in operation, and $7,500,000 5.32 each year the plant is not in operation if ordered by the 5.33 commissioner pursuant to paragraph (c). The fund transfer must 5.34 be made if nuclear waste is stored in a dry cask at the 5.35 independent spent fuel storage facility at Prairie Island for 5.36 any part of a year. Funds in the account may be expended only 6.1 for development of renewable energy sources. Preference must be 6.2 given to development of renewable energy source projects located 6.3 within the state. 6.4 (b) Expenditures from the account may only be made after 6.5 approval by order of the public utilities commission upon a 6.6 petition by the public utility. 6.7 (c) After discontinuation of operation of the Prairie 6.8 Island nuclear plant and each year spent nuclear fuel is stored 6.9 in dry cask at the Prairie Island facility, the commission shall 6.10 require the public utility to pay $7,500,000 for any year in 6.11 which the commission finds, by the preponderance of the 6.12 evidence, that the public utility did not make a good faith 6.13 effort to remove the spent nuclear fuel stored at Prairie Island 6.14 to a permanent or interim storage site out of the state. This 6.15 determination shall be made at least every two years. 6.16 Subd. 2. [RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION INCENTIVE.] (a) 6.17 Until January 1, 2018, up to $6,000,000 annually must be 6.18 allocated from available funds in the account to fund renewable 6.19 energy production incentives. $4,500,000 of this annual amount 6.20 is for incentives for up to 100 megawatts of electricity 6.21 generated by wind energy conversion systems that are eligible 6.22 for the incentives under section 216C.41. The balance of this 6.23 amount, up to $1,500,000 annually, may be used for production 6.24 incentives for on-farm biogas recovery facilities that are 6.25 eligible for the incentive under section 216C.41 or for 6.26 production incentives for other renewables, to be provided in 6.27 the same manner as under section 216C.41. Any portion of the 6.28 $6,000,000 not expended in any calendar year for the incentive 6.29 is available for other spending purposes under this section. 6.30 This subdivision does not create an obligation to contribute 6.31 funds to the account. 6.32 (b) The department of commerce shall determine eligibility 6.33 of projects under section 216C.41 for the purposes of this 6.34 subdivision. At least quarterly, the department of commerce 6.35 shall notify the public utility of the name and address of each 6.36 eligible project owner and the amount due to each project under 7.1 section 216C.41. The public utility shall make payments within 7.2 15 working days after receipt of notification of payments due. 7.3 Sec. 2. [216B.013] [HYDROGEN ENERGY ECONOMY GOAL.] 7.4 It is a goal of this state that Minnesota move to hydrogen 7.5 as an increasing source of energy for its electrical power, 7.6 heating, and transportation needs. 7.7 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.1691, is 7.8 amended to read: 7.9 216B.1691 [RENEWABLE ENERGY OBJECTIVES.] 7.10 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITIONS.] (a) Unless otherwise 7.11 specified in law, "eligible energy technology" means an energy 7.12 technology that: 7.13 (1) generates electricity from the following renewable 7.14 energy sources: solar ,; wind ,; hydroelectric with a capacity of 7.15 less than 60 megawatts ,; hydrogen, provided that after January 7.16 1, 2010, the hydrogen must be generated from the resources 7.17 listed in this clause; or biomass, which includes an energy 7.18 recovery facility used to capture the heat value of mixed 7.19 municipal solid waste or refuse-derived fuel from mixed 7.20 municipal solid waste as a primary fuel; and 7.21 (2) was not mandated by state lawLaws 1994, chapter 641, 7.22 or by commission order enacted orissued pursuant to that 7.23 chapter prior to August 1, 2001. 7.24 (b) "Electric utility" means a public utility providing 7.25 electric service, a generation and transmission cooperative 7.26 electric association, or a municipal power agency. 7.27 (c) "Total retail electric sales" means the kilowatt-hours 7.28 of electricity sold in a year by an electric utility to retail 7.29 customers of the electric utility or to a distribution utility 7.30 for distribution to the retail customers of the distribution 7.31 utility. 7.32 Subd. 2. [ELIGIBLE ENERGY OBJECTIVES.] (a) Each electric 7.33 utility shall make a good faith effort to generate or procure 7.34 sufficient electricity generated by an eligible energy 7.35 technology to provide its retail consumers, or the retail 7.36 memberscustomers of a distribution utility to which the 8.1 electric utility provides wholesale electric service, so that: 8.2 (1) commencing in 2005, at least one percent of the 8.3 electric energy provided to those retail customersutility's 8.4 total retail electric sales is generated by eligible energy 8.5 technologies; 8.6 (2) the amount provided under clause (1) is increased by 8.7 one percent of the utility's total retail electric sales each 8.8 year until 2015; and 8.9 (3) ten percent of the electric energy provided to retail 8.10 customers in Minnesota is generated by eligible energy 8.11 technologies ; and. 8.12 (4)(b) Of the eligible energy technology generation 8.13 required under paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (2), at leastnot 8.14 less than 0.5 percent of the energy must be generated by biomass 8.15 energy technologies, including an energy recovery facility used 8.16 to capture the heat value of mixed municipal solid waste or 8.17 refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal solid waste as a 8.18 primary fuel, by 2010 and one percent by 20152005. By 2010, 8.19 one percent of the eligible technology generation required under 8.20 paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (2), shall be generated by 8.21 biomass energy technologies. An energy recovery facility used 8.22 to capture the heat value of mixed municipal solid waste or 8.23 refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal solid waste, with a 8.24 power sales agreement in effect as of the date of final 8.25 enactment of this act that terminates after December 31, 2010, 8.26 does not qualify as an eligible energy technology unless the 8.27 agreement provides for rate adjustment in the event the facility 8.28 qualifies as a renewable energy source. 8.29 (b)(c) By June 1, 2004, and as needed thereafter, the 8.30 commission shall issue an order detailing the criteria and 8.31 standards by which it will measure an electric utility's efforts 8.32 to meet the renewable energy objectives of this section to 8.33 determine whether the utility is making the required good faith 8.34 effort. In this order, the commission shall include criteria 8.35 and standards that protect against undesirable impacts on the 8.36 reliability of the utility's system and economic impacts on the 9.1 utility's ratepayers and that consider technical feasibility. 9.2 (d) In its order under paragraph (c), the commission shall 9.3 provide for a weighted scale of how energy produced by various 9.4 eligible energy technologies shall count toward a utility's 9.5 objective. In establishing this scale, the commission shall 9.6 consider the attributes of various technologies and fuels, and 9.7 shall establish a system that grants multiple credits toward the 9.8 objectives for those technologies and fuels the commission 9.9 determines is in the public interest to encourage. 9.10 Subd. 3. [UTILITY PLANS FILED WITH THE COMMISSION.] (a) 9.11 Each electric utility shall report on its plans, activities, and 9.12 progress with regard to these objectives in theirits filings 9.13 under section 216B.2422 or in a separate report submitted to the 9.14 commission every two years, whichever is more frequent, 9.15 demonstrating to the commission that the utility is making the 9.16 required good faith effort. In its resource plan or a separate 9.17 report, each electric utility shall provide a description of: 9.18 (1) the status of the utility's renewable energy mix 9.19 relative to the good faith objective; 9.20 (2) efforts taken to meet the objective; 9.21 (3) any obstacles encountered or anticipated in meeting the 9.22 objective; and 9.23 (4) potential solutions to the obstacles. 9.24 (c)(b) The commission, in consultation with the9.25 commissioner of commerce,shall compile the information provided 9.26 to the commission under paragraph (b)(a), and report to the 9.27 chairs of the house of representatives and senate committees 9.28 with jurisdiction over energy and environment policy issues as 9.29 to the progress of utilities in the state in increasing the 9.30 amount of renewable energy provided to retail customers, with 9.31 any recommendations for regulatory or legislative action, by 9.32 January 15 , 2002of each odd-numbered year. 9.33 Subd. 4. [RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS.] (a) To facilitate 9.34 compliance with this section, the commission, by rule or order, 9.35 may establish a program for tradable credits for electricity 9.36 generated by an eligible energy technology. In doing so, the 10.1 commission shall implement a system that constrains or limits 10.2 the cost of credits, taking care to ensure that such a system 10.3 does not undermine the market for those credits. 10.4 (b) In lieu of generating or procuring energy directly to 10.5 satisfy the renewable energy objective of this section, an 10.6 electric utility may purchase sufficient renewable energy 10.7 credits, issued pursuant to this subdivision, to meet its 10.8 objective. 10.9 (c) Upon the passage of a renewable energy standard, 10.10 portfolio, or objective in a bordering state that includes a 10.11 similar definition of eligible energy technology or renewable 10.12 energy, the commission may facilitate the trading of renewable 10.13 energy credits between states. 10.14 Subd. 5. [TECHNOLOGY BASED ON FUEL COMBUSTION.] (a) 10.15 Electricity produced by fuel combustion may only count towards a 10.16 utility's objectives if the generation facility: 10.17 (1) was constructed in compliance with new source 10.18 performance standards promulgated under the federal Clean Air 10.19 Act for a generation facility of that type; or 10.20 (2) employs the maximum achievable or best available 10.21 control technology available for a generation facility of that 10.22 type. 10.23 (b) An eligible energy technology may blend or co-fire a 10.24 fuel listed in subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (1), with 10.25 other fuels in the generation facility, but only the percentage 10.26 of electricity that is attributable to a fuel listed in that 10.27 clause can be counted towards an electric utility's renewable 10.28 energy objectives. 10.29 Subd. 6. [ELECTRIC UTILITY THAT OWNS A NUCLEAR GENERATION 10.30 FACILITY.] (a) An electric utility that owns a nuclear 10.31 generation facility, as part of its good-faith effort under this 10.32 subdivision and subdivision 2, shall deploy an additional 300 10.33 megawatts of nameplate capacity of wind energy conversion 10.34 systems by 2010, beyond the amount of wind energy capacity to 10.35 which the utility is required by law or commission order as of 10.36 May 1, 2003. At least 100 megawatts of this capacity is to be 11.1 wind energy conversion systems of two megawatts or less, which 11.2 shall not be eligible for the production incentive under section 11.3 216C.41. Wind energy deployed under this paragraph from wind 11.4 energy conversion systems of greater than two megawatts shall 11.5 not qualify as "eligible energy technology" under section 11.6 216B.1691. To the greatest extent technically feasible and 11.7 economic, these 300 megawatts of wind energy capacity are to be 11.8 distributed geographically throughout the state. The utility 11.9 may opt to own, construct, and operate up to 100 megawatts of 11.10 this wind energy capacity, except that the utility may not own, 11.11 construct, or operate any of the facilities that are under two 11.12 megawatts of nameplate capacity. The deployment of the wind 11.13 energy capacity under this subdivision must be consistent with 11.14 the outcome of the engineering study required under section 20. 11.15 (b) The good faith objective set forth in subdivision 2 11.16 shall be a requirement for the public utility that owns the 11.17 Prairie Island nuclear generation plant. The objective is a 11.18 requirement to the extent that the eligible resources are the 11.19 utility's least cost resource, including the costs of ancillary 11.20 services and other generation and transmission upgrades 11.21 necessary to manage the intermittent nature of certain renewable 11.22 resources, or unless implementation of the objective can 11.23 reasonably be shown to jeopardize the reliability of the 11.24 electric system. 11.25 (c) Also as part of its good faith effort under this 11.26 section, the utility that owns a nuclear generation facility is 11.27 to enter into a power purchase agreement by January 1, 2004, for 11.28 ten to 20 megawatts of biomass energy and capacity at an 11.29 all-inclusive price not to exceed $55 per megawatt-hour, for a 11.30 project described in section 216B.2424, subdivision 5, paragraph 11.31 (e), clause (2). The project must be operational and producing 11.32 energy by June 30, 2005. 11.33 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.241, is 11.34 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 11.35 Subd. 6. [RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH.] (a) A public utility 11.36 that owns a nuclear generation facility in the state shall spend 12.1 five percent of the total amount that utility is required to 12.2 spend under this section to support basic and applied research 12.3 and demonstration activities at the University of Minnesota 12.4 Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment for the 12.5 development of renewable energy sources and technologies. The 12.6 utility shall transfer the required amount to the University of 12.7 Minnesota on or before July 1 of each year and that annual 12.8 amount shall be deducted from the amount of money the utility is 12.9 required to spend under this section. The University of 12.10 Minnesota shall transfer at least ten percent of these funds to 12.11 at least one rural campus or experiment station. 12.12 (b) Research funded under this subdivision shall include: 12.13 (1) development of environmentally sound production, 12.14 distribution, and use of energy, chemicals, and materials from 12.15 renewable sources; 12.16 (2) processing and utilization of agricultural and forestry 12.17 plant products and other bio-based, renewable sources as a 12.18 substitute for fossil-fuel-based energy, chemicals, and 12.19 materials using a variety of means including biocatalysis, 12.20 biorefining, and fermentation; 12.21 (3) conversion of state wind resources to hydrogen for 12.22 energy storage and transportation to areas of energy demand; 12.23 (4) improvements in scalable hydrogen fuel cell 12.24 technologies; and 12.25 (5) production of hydrogen from bio-based, renewable 12.26 sources; and sequestration of carbon. 12.27 (c) Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, the utility 12.28 may, but is not required to, spend more than two percent of its 12.29 gross operating revenues from service provided in this state 12.30 under this section or section 216B.2411. 12.31 (d) This subdivision expires June 30, 2008. 12.32 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.2411, is 12.33 amended to read: 12.34 216B.2411 [DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES.] 12.35 Subdivision 1. [GENERATION PROJECTS.] (a) To the extent12.36 that cost-effective projects are available in the service13.1 territory of a utility or association providing conservation13.2 services under section 216B.241, the utility or associationAny 13.3 municipality or rural electric association providing electric 13.4 service and subject to section 216B.241 that is not meeting the 13.5 objectives under section 216B.1691 shall, and each public 13.6 utility providing natural gas service may, use five percent of 13.7 the total amount to be spent on energy conservation improvements 13.8 under section 216B.241, on: 13.9 (1) projects in Minnesota to construct an electric 13.10 generating facility that utilizes eligible renewable fuels13.11 energy sources as defined in section 216B.2422,subdivision 12, 13.12 such as methane or other combustible gases derived from the 13.13 processing of plant or animal wastes, biomass fuels such as 13.14 short-rotation woody or fibrous agricultural crops, or other 13.15 renewable fuel, as its primary fuel source; or 13.16 (2) projects in Minnesota to install a distributed 13.17 generation facility of ten megawatts or less of interconnected 13.18 capacity that is fueled by natural gas, renewable fuels, or 13.19 another similarly clean fuel. 13.20 (b) For public utilities, as defined under section 216B.02, 13.21 subdivision 4, projects under this section must be considered 13.22 energy conservation improvements as defined in section 13.23 216B.241. For cooperative electric associations and municipal 13.24 utilities, projects under this section must be considered 13.25 load-management activities described in section 216B.241, 13.26 subdivision 1, paragraph (i). 13.27 (d) This section expires May 30, 2006.13.28 Subd. 2. [DEFINITIONS.] (a) For the purposes of this 13.29 section, the terms defined in this subdivision and section 13.30 216B.241, subdivision 1, have the meanings given them. 13.31 (b) "Eligible renewable energy sources" means fuels and 13.32 technologies to generate electricity through the use of any of 13.33 the resources listed in section 216B.1691, subdivision 1, 13.34 paragraph (a), clause (1), except that the term "biomass" has 13.35 the meaning provided under paragraph (c). 13.36 (c) "Biomass" includes: 14.1 (1) methane or other combustible gases derived from the 14.2 processing of plant or animal material; 14.3 (2) alternative fuels derived from soybean and other 14.4 agricultural plant oils or animal fats; 14.5 (3) combustion of barley hulls, corn, soy-based products, 14.6 or other agricultural products; 14.7 (4) wood residue from the wood products industry in 14.8 Minnesota or other wood products such as short-rotation woody or 14.9 fibrous agricultural crops; and 14.10 (5) landfill gas, mixed municipal solid waste, and 14.11 refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal solid waste. 14.12 Subd. 3. [OTHER PROVISIONS.] (a) Electricity generated by 14.13 a facility constructed with funds provided under this section 14.14 and using an eligible renewable energy source may be counted 14.15 towards the renewable energy objectives in section 216B.1691, 14.16 subject to the provisions of that section. 14.17 (b) Two or more entities may pool resources under this 14.18 section to provide assistance jointly to proposed eligible 14.19 renewable energy projects. The entities shall negotiate and 14.20 agree among themselves for allocation of benefits associated 14.21 with a project, such as the ability to count energy generated by 14.22 a project toward a utility's renewable energy objectives under 14.23 section 216B.1691. The entities shall provide a summary of the 14.24 allocation of benefits to the commissioner. A utility may spend 14.25 funds under this section for projects in Minnesota that are 14.26 outside the service territory of the utility. 14.27 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.2424, 14.28 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 14.29 Subd. 5. [MANDATE.] (a) A public utility, as defined in 14.30 section 216B.02, subdivision 4, that operates a nuclear-powered 14.31 electric generating plant within this state must construct and 14.32 operate, purchase, or contract to construct and operate (1) by 14.33 December 31, 1998, 50 megawatts of electric energy installed 14.34 capacity generated by farm-grown closed-loop biomass scheduled 14.35 to be operational by December 31, 2001; and (2) by December 31, 14.36 1998, an additional 75 megawatts of installed capacity so 15.1 generated scheduled to be operational by December 31, 2002. 15.2 (b) Of the 125 megawatts of biomass electricity installed 15.3 capacity required under this subdivision, no more than 5055 15.4 megawatts of this capacity may be provided by a facility that 15.5 uses poultry litter as its primary fuel source and any such 15.6 facility: 15.7 (1) need not use biomass that complies with the definition 15.8 in subdivision 1; 15.9 (2) must enter into a contract with the public utility for 15.10 such capacity, that has an average purchase price per megawatt 15.11 hour over the life of the contract that is equal to or less than 15.12 the average purchase price per megawatt hour over the life of 15.13 the contract in contracts approved by the public utilities 15.14 commission before April 1, 2000, to satisfy the mandate of this 15.15 section, and file that contract with the public utilities 15.16 commission prior to September 1, 2000; and 15.17 (3) must schedule such capacity to be operational by 15.18 December 31, 2002. 15.19 (c) Of the total 125 megawatts of biomass electric energy 15.20 installed capacity required under this section, no more than 75 15.21 megawatts may be provided by a single project. 15.22 (d) Of the 75 megawatts of biomass electric energy 15.23 installed capacity required under paragraph (a), clause (2), no 15.24 more than 2533 megawatts of this capacity may be provided by a 15.25 St. Paul district heating and cooling system cogeneration 15.26 facility utilizing waste wood as a primary fuel source. The St. 15.27 Paul district heating and cooling system cogeneration facility 15.28 need not use biomass that complies with the definition in 15.29 subdivision 1. 15.30 (e) The public utility must accept and consider on an equal 15.31 basis with other biomass proposals: 15.32 (1) a proposal to satisfy the requirements of this section 15.33 that includes a project that exceeds the megawatt capacity 15.34 requirements of either paragraph (a), clause (1) or (2), and 15.35 that proposes to sell the excess capacity to the public utility 15.36 or to other purchasers; and 16.1 (2) a proposal for a new facility to satisfy more than ten 16.2 but not more than 20 megawatts of the electrical generation 16.3 requirements by a small business-sponsored independent power 16.4 producer facility to be located within the northern quarter of 16.5 the state, which means the area located north of Constitutional 16.6 Route No. 8 as described in section 161.114, subdivision 2, and 16.7 that utilizes biomass residue wood, sawdust, bark, chipped wood, 16.8 or brush to generate electricity. A facility described in this 16.9 clause is not required to utilize biomass complying with the 16.10 definition in subdivision 1, but must have the capacity required 16.11 by this clause operational by December 31, 2002. 16.12 (f) If a public utility files a contract with the 16.13 commission for electric energy installed capacity that uses 16.14 poultry litter as its primary fuel source, the commission must 16.15 do a preliminary review of the contract to determine if it meets 16.16 the purchase price criteria provided in paragraph (b), clause 16.17 (2), of this subdivision. The commission shall perform its 16.18 review and advise the parties of its determination within 30 16.19 days of filing of such a contract by a public utility. A public 16.20 utility may submit by September 1, 2000, a revised contract to 16.21 address the commission's preliminary determination. 16.22 (g) The commission shall finally approve, modify, or 16.23 disapprove no later than July 1, 2001, all contracts submitted 16.24 by a public utility as of September 1, 2000, to meet the mandate 16.25 set forth in this subdivision. 16.26 (h) If a public utility subject to this section exercises 16.27 an option to increase the generating capacity of a project in a 16.28 contract approved by the commission prior to April 25, 2000, to 16.29 satisfy the mandate in this subdivision, the public utility must 16.30 notify the commission by September 1, 2000, that it has 16.31 exercised the option and include in the notice the amount of 16.32 additional megawatts to be generated under the option 16.33 exercised. Any review by the commission of the project after 16.34 exercise of such an option shall be based on the same criteria 16.35 used to review the existing contract. 16.36 (i) A facility specified in this subdivision qualifies for 17.1 exemption from property taxation under section 272.02, 17.2 subdivision 43. 17.3 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.2425, is 17.4 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 17.5 Subd. 7. [TRANSMISSION NEEDED TO SUPPORT RENEWABLE 17.6 RESOURCES.] Each entity subject to this section shall determine 17.7 necessary transmission upgrades to support development of 17.8 renewable energy resources required to meet objectives under 17.9 section 216B.1691 and shall include those upgrades in its report 17.10 under subdivision 2. 17.11 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.41, 17.12 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 17.13 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITIONS.] (a) The definitions in this 17.14 subdivision apply to this section. 17.15 (b) "Qualified hydroelectric facility" means a 17.16 hydroelectric generating facility in this state that: 17.17 (1) is located at the site of a dam, if the dam was in 17.18 existence as of March 31, 1994; and 17.19 (2) begins generating electricity after July 1, 1994, or 17.20 generates electricity after substantial refurbishing of a 17.21 facility that begins after July 1, 2001. 17.22 (c) "Qualified wind energy conversion facility" means a 17.23 wind energy conversion system in this state that: 17.24 (1) produces two megawatts or less of electricity as 17.25 measured by nameplate rating and begins generating electricity 17.26 after December 31, 1996, and before July 1, 1999; 17.27 (2) begins generating electricity after June 30, 1999, 17.28 produces two megawatts or less of electricity as measured by 17.29 nameplate rating, and is: 17.30 (i) located within one county andowned by a natural person17.31 whoan entity that is not prohibited from owning agricultural 17.32 land under section 500.24 that owns the land where the facility 17.33 is sited; 17.34 (ii) owned by a Minnesota small business as defined in 17.35 section 645.445; 17.36 (iii) owned by a Minnesota nonprofit organization; or18.1 (iv) owned by a tribal council if the facility is located 18.2 within the boundaries of the reservation; or18.3 (v) owned by a Minnesota municipal utility or a Minnesota 18.4 cooperative electric association; or 18.5 (vi) owned by a Minnesota political subdivision or local 18.6 government, including, but not limited to, a county, statutory 18.7 or home rule charter city, town, school district, or any other 18.8 local or regional governmental organization such as a board, 18.9 commission, or association; or 18.10 (3) begins generating electricity after June 30, 1999, 18.11 produces seven megawatts or less of electricity as measured by 18.12 nameplate rating, and: 18.13 (i) is owned by a cooperative organized under chapter 18.14 308A other than a Minnesota cooperative electric association; 18.15 and 18.16 (ii) all shares and membership in the cooperative are held 18.17 by natural persons or estates, at least 51 percent of whom18.18 reside in a county or contiguous to a county where the wind18.19 energy production facilities of the cooperative are locatedan 18.20 entity that is not prohibited from owning agricultural land 18.21 under section 500.24. 18.22 (d) "Qualified on-farm biogas recovery facility" means an 18.23 anaerobic digester system that: 18.24 (1) is located at the site of an agricultural operation; 18.25 (2) is owned by a natural person whoan entity that is not 18.26 prohibited from owning agricultural land under section 500.24 18.27 that owns or rents the land where the facility is located; and 18.28 (3) begins generating electricity after July 1, 2001. 18.29 (e) "Anaerobic digester system" means a system of 18.30 components that processes animal waste based on the absence of 18.31 oxygen and produces gas used to generate electricity. 18.32 Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.41, 18.33 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 18.34 Subd. 2. [INCENTIVE PAYMENT; APPROPRIATION.] (a) Incentive 18.35 payments must be made according to this section to (1) a 18.36 qualified on-farm biogas recovery facility, (2) the owner or 19.1 operator of a qualified hydropower facility or qualified wind 19.2 energy conversion facility for electric energy generated and 19.3 sold by the facility, (3) a publicly owned hydropower facility 19.4 for electric energy that is generated by the facility and used 19.5 by the owner of the facility outside the facility, or (4) the 19.6 owner of a publicly owned dam that is in need of substantial 19.7 repair, for electric energy that is generated by a hydropower 19.8 facility at the dam and the annual incentive payments will be 19.9 used to fund the structural repairs and replacement of 19.10 structural components of the dam, or to retire debt incurred to 19.11 fund those repairs. 19.12 (b) Payment may only be made upon receipt by the 19.13 commissioner of finance of an incentive payment application that 19.14 establishes that the applicant is eligible to receive an 19.15 incentive payment and that satisfies other requirements the 19.16 commissioner deems necessary. The application must be in a form 19.17 and submitted at a time the commissioner establishes. 19.18 (c) There is annually appropriated from the general fund to 19.19 the commissioner of commerce sums sufficient to make the 19.20 payments required under this section, other than the amounts 19.21 funded by the renewable development account as specified in 19.22 subdivision 5a. 19.23 Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.41, 19.24 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 19.25 Subd. 3. [ELIGIBILITY WINDOW.] Payments may be made under 19.26 this section only for electricity generated: 19.27 (1) from a qualified hydroelectric facility that is 19.28 operational and generating electricity before December 31, 2005; 19.29 (2) from a qualified wind energy conversion facility that 19.30 is operational and generating electricity before January 1, 200519.31 2007; or 19.32 (3) from a qualified on-farm biogas recovery facility from 19.33 July 1, 2001, through December 31, 20152017. 19.34 Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.41, 19.35 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 19.36 Subd. 4. [PAYMENT PERIOD.] (a) A facility may receive 20.1 payments under this section for a ten-year period. No payment 20.2 under this section may be made for electricity generated: 20.3 (1) by a qualified hydroelectric facility after December 20.4 31, 20152017; 20.5 (2) by a qualified wind energy conversion facility after 20.6 December 31, 20152017; or 20.7 (3) by a qualified on-farm biogas recovery facility after 20.8 December 31, 2015. 20.9 (b) The payment period begins and runs consecutively from 20.10 the first year in which electricity generated from the facility20.11 is eligible for incentive paymentthe date the facility begins 20.12 generating electricity or, in the case of refurbishment of a 20.13 hydropower facility, after substantial repairs to the hydropower 20.14 facility dam funded by the incentive payments are initiated. 20.15 Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.41, 20.16 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 20.17 Subd. 5. [AMOUNT OF PAYMENT; WIND FACILITIES LIMIT.] (a) 20.18 An incentive payment is based on the number of kilowatt hours of 20.19 electricity generated. The amount of the payment is: 20.20 (1) for a facility described under subdivision 2, paragraph 20.21 (a), clause (4), 1.0 cent per kilowatt hour; and 20.22 (2) for all other facilities, 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour. 20.23 For electricity generated by qualified wind energy conversion 20.24 facilities, the incentive payment under this section is limited 20.25 to no more than 100 megawatts of nameplate capacity. During any20.26 period in which qualifying claims for incentive payments exceed20.27 100 megawatts of nameplate capacity, the payments must be made20.28 to producers in the order in which the production capacity was20.29 brought into production.20.30 (b) For wind energy conversion systems installed and 20.31 contracted for after January 1, 2002, the total size of a wind 20.32 energy conversion system under this section must be determined 20.33 according to this paragraph. Unless the systems are 20.34 interconnected with different distribution systems, the 20.35 nameplate capacity of one wind energy conversion system must be 20.36 combined with the nameplate capacity of any other wind energy 21.1 conversion system that is: 21.2 (1) located within five miles of the wind energy conversion 21.3 system; 21.4 (2) constructed within the same calendar year as the wind 21.5 energy conversion system; and 21.6 (3) under common ownership. 21.7 In the case of a dispute, the commissioner of commerce shall 21.8 determine the total size of the system, and shall draw all 21.9 reasonable inferences in favor of combining the systems. 21.10 (c) In making a determination under paragraph (b), the 21.11 commissioner of commerce may determine that two wind energy 21.12 conversion systems are under common ownership when the 21.13 underlying ownership structure contains similar persons or 21.14 entities, even if the ownership shares differ between the two 21.15 systems. Wind energy conversion systems are not under common 21.16 ownership solely because the same person or entity provided 21.17 equity financing for the systems. 21.18 Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.41, is 21.19 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 21.20 Subd. 5a. [RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT.] The department 21.21 of commerce shall authorize payment of the renewable energy 21.22 production incentive to wind energy conversion systems for 100 21.23 megawatts of nameplate capacity in addition to the capacity 21.24 authorized under subdivision 5 and to on-farm biogas recovery 21.25 facilities. Payment of the incentive shall be made from the 21.26 renewable energy development account as provided under section 21.27 116C.779, subdivision 2. 21.28 Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.41, is 21.29 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 21.30 Subd. 7. [ELIGIBILITY PROCESS.] (a) A qualifying project 21.31 is eligible for the incentive on the date the commissioner 21.32 receives: 21.33 (1) an application for payment of the incentive; 21.34 (2) one of the following: 21.35 (i) a copy of a signed power purchase agreement; 21.36 (ii) a copy of a binding agreement other than a power 22.1 purchase agreement to sell electricity generated by the project 22.2 to a third person; or 22.3 (iii) if the project developer or owner will sell 22.4 electricity to its own members or customers, a copy of the 22.5 purchase order for equipment to construct the project with a 22.6 delivery date and a copy of a signed receipt for a nonrefundable 22.7 deposit; and 22.8 (3) any other information the commissioner deems necessary 22.9 to determine whether the proposed project qualifies for the 22.10 incentive under this section. 22.11 (b) The commissioner shall determine whether a project 22.12 qualifies for the incentive and respond in writing to the 22.13 applicant approving or denying the application within 15 working 22.14 days of receipt of the information required in paragraph (a). A 22.15 project that is not operational within 18 months of receipt of a 22.16 letter of approval is no longer approved for the incentive. The 22.17 commissioner shall notify an applicant of potential loss of 22.18 approval not less than 60 days prior to the end of the 18-month 22.19 period. Eligibility for a project that loses approval may be 22.20 reestablished as of the date the commissioner receives a new 22.21 completed application. 22.22 Sec. 15. [REDUCTION OF BIOMASS MANDATE.] 22.23 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.2424, the 22.24 biomass electric energy mandate shall be reduced from 125 22.25 megawatts to 110 megawatts. The public utilities commission 22.26 shall approve a request pending before the public utilities 22.27 commission as of May 15, 2003, for an amendment and assignment 22.28 of a contract for power from a facility that uses 22.29 short-rotation, woody crops as its primary fuel previously 22.30 approved to satisfy a portion of the biomass mandate if the 22.31 developer of the project agrees to reduce the size of its 22.32 project from 50 megawatts to 35 megawatts, while maintaining a 22.33 price for energy at or below the current contract price. 22.34 Sec. 16. [RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND ADMINISTRATION.] 22.35 The public utilities commission may review the 22.36 appropriateness of the transfer of the administration of the 23.1 renewable development account under Minnesota Statutes, section 23.2 116C.779, to an independent administrator initially selected by 23.3 the commissioner of commerce and answerable to a board of 23.4 directors that includes representatives from the public utility 23.5 currently administering the fund, environmental organizations, 23.6 legislators, representatives of residential and business 23.7 consumers, the Mdewakanton Dakota community, and other affected 23.8 communities. Upon petition, the commission may approve the 23.9 transfer if, upon completion of the review, the transfer is 23.10 consistent with the public interest. 23.11 Sec. 17. [HYDROGEN ECONOMY RESEARCH.] 23.12 (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 116C.779, 23.13 subdivision 1, paragraph (b), $10,000,000 from the renewable 23.14 development account established in Minnesota Statutes, section 23.15 116C.779, from unobligated funds in the account as of June 30, 23.16 2003, shall be distributed to the University of Minnesota 23.17 Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment to support 23.18 basic and applied research and demonstration activities at the 23.19 university. These funds shall be transferred to the University 23.20 of Minnesota on or before July 1, 2003. The university shall 23.21 ensure that at least $3,000,000 of these funds are available for 23.22 basic and applied research, for construction and deployment of 23.23 research technologies, or for other purposes in support of this 23.24 research, at one rural campus or experiment station. 23.25 (b) Research funded under this section must focus on: 23.26 (1) development of environmentally sound production, 23.27 distribution, and use of energy, chemicals, and materials from 23.28 renewable resources; 23.29 (2) processing and utilization of agricultural and forestry 23.30 plant products and other bio-based, renewable sources as a 23.31 substitute for fossil-fuel-based energy, chemicals, and 23.32 materials using a variety of means including biocatalysis, 23.33 biorefining, and fermentation; 23.34 (3) conversion of state wind resources to hydrogen for 23.35 energy storage and transportation to areas of energy demand; 23.36 (4) improvements in scalable hydrogen fuel cell 24.1 technologies; and 24.2 (5) production of hydrogen from bio-based, renewable 24.3 sources; and sequestration of carbon. 24.4 Sec. 18. [DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; 24.5 PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT.] 24.6 Subdivision 1. [DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESSES ENGAGED IN 24.7 HYDROGEN PRODUCTION.] The department of trade and economic 24.8 development must develop a targeted program to promote and 24.9 encourage the development and attraction of businesses engaged 24.10 in the biocatalysis of agricultural and forestry plant products 24.11 for the production of hydrogen, the manufacture of hydrogen fuel 24.12 cells, and hydrogen electrolysis from renewable energy sources. 24.13 The program may make use of existing departmental programs, 24.14 either alone or in combination. The department shall report to 24.15 the legislature by January 15, 2004, on legislative changes or 24.16 additional funding needed, if any, to accomplish the purposes of 24.17 this section. 24.18 Subd. 2. [ENERGY INNOVATION ZONES.] (a) The commissioner 24.19 of trade and economic development, in consultation with the 24.20 commissioners of commerce and revenue, shall develop a plan to 24.21 designate not more than three energy innovation zones to spur 24.22 the development of fuel cells, fuel cell components, hydrogen 24.23 infrastructure, and other energy efficiency and renewable energy 24.24 technologies in the state. In developing the criteria for the 24.25 designations, the commissioner shall consider: 24.26 (1) the availability of business, academic, and government 24.27 partners; 24.28 (2) the likelihood of establishing a distributed, renewable 24.29 energy microgrid to power the zone, providing below-market 24.30 electricity and heat to businesses from within the zone; 24.31 (3) the prospect of tenants for the zone that will 24.32 represent net new jobs to the state; and 24.33 (4) the likelihood of the production, storage, 24.34 distribution, and use of hydrogen, including its use in fuel 24.35 cells, for electricity and heat. 24.36 (b) Energy under paragraph (a), clause (2), must come from 25.1 one or more of the following renewable sources: wind, water, 25.2 sun, biomass, not including municipal solid waste, or hydrogen 25.3 reformed from natural gas up to 2010. 25.4 (c) The plan must allow for interested parties to form 25.5 energy innovation cooperatives. In addition, the commissioner 25.6 must consider the feasibility of the sale of energy innovation 25.7 bonds for the construction of qualifying facilities. 25.8 (d) In drafting the plan, the commissioner must consider 25.9 incentives for investment in the zone, including: 25.10 (1) subsidization of construction of qualifying facilities; 25.11 (2) long-term contracts for market-rate heat and power; 25.12 (3) streamlined interconnection to the existing power grid; 25.13 (4) exemptions from property tax; 25.14 (5) expedited permitting; 25.15 (6) methods for providing technical assistance; and 25.16 (7) other methods of encouraging the development and use of 25.17 fuel cell and hydrogen generation technologies. 25.18 (e) The commissioner shall report to the legislature by 25.19 January 15, 2004, on legislative changes and necessary funding 25.20 to accomplish the purposes of this subdivision. 25.21 Sec. 19. [DEMONSTRATION PROJECT.] 25.22 (a) The department of commerce, in cooperation with the 25.23 department of trade and economic development, must develop and 25.24 issue a request for proposal for the construction of a 25.25 hydrogen-to-electricity demonstration project with the following 25.26 components: 25.27 (1) commercial-scale windmill-powered electrolysis of water 25.28 to hydrogen; 25.29 (2) on-site storage of hydrogen and fuel cells for 25.30 hydrogen-to-electricity conversion to maintain the supply of 25.31 electricity in the absence of wind; 25.32 (3) a hydrogen pipeline of less than ten miles to a public 25.33 facility demonstration site; and 25.34 (4) a public facility with on-site hydrogen fuel cells 25.35 providing hydrogen to electricity and, if practicable, 25.36 heating/cooling function. 26.1 (b) For purposes of this section, a "public facility" is a 26.2 municipal building, public school, state college or university, 26.3 or other public building. 26.4 Sec. 20. [INDEPENDENT STUDY ON INTERMITTENT RESOURCES.] 26.5 The commission shall order the electric utility subject to 26.6 Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.1691, subdivision 7, to 26.7 contract with a firm selected by the commissioner of commerce 26.8 for an independent engineering study of the impacts of 26.9 increasing wind capacity on its system above the 825 megawatts 26.10 of nameplate wind energy capacity to which the utility is 26.11 already committed, to evaluate options available to manage the 26.12 intermittent nature of this renewable resource. The study shall 26.13 be completed by June 1, 2004, and incorporated into the 26.14 utility's next resource plan filing. The costs of the study, 26.15 options pursued by the utility to manage the intermittent nature 26.16 of wind energy, and the costs of complying with Minnesota 26.17 Statutes, section 216B.1691, subdivision 7, shall be recoverable 26.18 under Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.1645. 26.19 Sec. 21. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 26.20 This article is effective the day following final enactment. 26.21 ARTICLE 3 26.22 OTHER PROVISIONS 26.23 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.095, is 26.24 amended to read: 26.25 216B.095 [DISCONNECTION DURING COLD WEATHER.] 26.26 The commission shall amend its rules governing 26.27 disconnection of residential utility customers who are unable to 26.28 pay for utility service during cold weather to include the 26.29 following: 26.30 (1) coverage of customers whose household income is less 26.31 than 50 percent of the state median income; 26.32 (2) a requirement that a customer who pays the utility at 26.33 least ten percent of the customer's income or the full amount of 26.34 the utility bill, whichever is less, in a cold weather month 26.35 cannot be disconnected during that month. The customer's income 26.36 means the actual monthly income of the customer or the average 27.1 monthly income of the customer computed on an annual calendar 27.2 year, whichever is less, and does not include any amount 27.3 received for energy assistance; 27.4 (3) that the ten percent figure in clause (2) must be 27.5 prorated between energy providers proportionate to each 27.6 provider's share of the customer's total energy costs where the 27.7 customer receives service from more than one provider; 27.8 (4) verification of income by the local energy assistance 27.9 provider or the utility, unless the customer is automatically 27.10 eligible for protection against disconnection as a recipient of 27.11 any form of public assistance, including energy assistance, that 27.12 uses income eligibility in an amount at or below the income 27.13 eligibility in clause (1); 27.14 (5) a requirement that the customer receive referrals to 27.15 energy assistance, weatherization, conservation, or other 27.16 programs likely to reduce the customer's energy bills; and 27.17 (6) a requirement that customers who have demonstrated an 27.18 inability to pay on forms provided for that purpose by the 27.19 utility, and who make reasonably timely payments to the utility 27.20 under a payment plan that considers the financial resources of 27.21 the household, cannot be disconnected from utility service from 27.22 October 15 through April 15. A customer who is receiving energy 27.23 assistance is deemed to have demonstrated an inability to pay. 27.24 For the purposes of this section, "disconnection" includes 27.25 a service or load limiter or any device that limits or 27.26 interrupts electric service in any way. 27.27 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.097, is 27.28 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 27.29 Subd. 4. [APPLICATION TO SERVICE LIMITERS.] For the 27.30 purposes of this section, "disconnection" includes a service or 27.31 load limiter or any device that limits or interrupts electric 27.32 service in any way. 27.33 Sec. 3. [216B.0975] [DISCONNECTION DURING EXTREME HEAT 27.34 CONDITIONS; RECONNECTION.] 27.35 A utility may not effect an involuntary disconnection of 27.36 residential services in affected counties when an excessive heat 28.1 watch, heat advisory, or excessive heat warning issued by the 28.2 National Weather Service is in effect. For purposes of this 28.3 section, "utility" means a public utility providing electric 28.4 service, municipal utility, or cooperative electric association. 28.5 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216B.241, 28.6 subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 28.7 Subd. 1b. [CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT BY COOPERATIVE 28.8 ASSOCIATION OR MUNICIPALITY.] (a) This subdivision applies to: 28.9 (1) a cooperative electric association that provides retail 28.10 service to its members; 28.11 (2) a municipality that provides electric service to retail 28.12 customers; and 28.13 (3) a municipality with gross operating revenues in excess 28.14 of $5,000,000 from sales of natural gas to retail customers. 28.15 (b) Each cooperative electric association and municipality 28.16 subject to this subdivision shall spend and invest for energy 28.17 conservation improvements under this subdivision the following 28.18 amounts: 28.19 (1) for a municipality, 0.5 percent of its gross operating 28.20 revenues from the sale of gas and 1.5 percent of its gross 28.21 operating revenues from the sale of electricity, excluding gross 28.22 operating revenues from electric and gas service provided in the 28.23 state to large electric customer facilities; and 28.24 (2) for a cooperative electric association, 1.5 percent of 28.25 its gross operating revenues from service provided in the state, 28.26 excluding gross operating revenues from service provided in the 28.27 state to large electric customer facilities indirectly through a 28.28 distribution cooperative electric association. 28.29 (c) Each municipality and cooperative electric association 28.30 subject to this subdivision shall identify and implement energy 28.31 conservation improvement spending and investments that are 28.32 appropriate for the municipality or association, except that a 28.33 municipality or association may not spend or invest for energy 28.34 conservation improvements that directly benefit a large electric 28.35 customer facility for which the commissioner has issued an 28.36 exemption under subdivision 1a, paragraph (b). 29.1 (d) Each municipality and cooperative electric association 29.2 subject to this subdivision may spend and invest annually up to 29.3 ten percent of the total amount required to be spent and 29.4 invested on energy conservation improvements under this 29.5 subdivision on research and development projects that meet the 29.6 definition of energy conservation improvement in subdivision 1 29.7 and that are funded directly by the municipality or cooperative 29.8 electric association. 29.9 (e) Load-management activities that do not reduce energy 29.10 use but that increase the efficiency of the electric system may 29.11 be used to meet the following percentage of the conservation 29.12 investment and spending requirements of this subdivision: 29.13 (1) 2002 - 90 percent; 29.14 (2) 2003 - 80 percent; 29.15 (3) 2004 - 65 percent; and 29.16 (4) 2005 and thereafter - 50 percent. 29.17 (f) A generation and transmission cooperative electric 29.18 association that provides energy services to cooperative 29.19 electric associations that provide electric service at retail to 29.20 consumers may invest in energy conservation improvements on 29.21 behalf of the associations it serves and may fulfill the 29.22 conservation, spending, reporting, and energy savings goals on 29.23 an aggregate basis. A municipal power agency or other 29.24 not-for-profit entity that provides energy service to municipal 29.25 utilities that provide electric service at retail may invest in 29.26 energy conservation improvements on behalf of the municipal 29.27 utilities it serves and may fulfill the conservation, spending, 29.28 reporting, and energy savings goals on an aggregate basis, under 29.29 an agreement between the municipal power agency or 29.30 not-for-profit entity and each municipal utility for funding the 29.31 investments. 29.32 (g) By June 1, 2002, and every two years thereafter, each 29.33 municipality or cooperative shall file an overview of its 29.34 conservation improvement plan with the commissioner. With this 29.35 overview, the municipality or cooperative shall also provide an 29.36 evaluation to the commissioner detailing its energy conservation 30.1 improvement spending and investments for the previous period. 30.2 The evaluation must briefly describe each conservation program 30.3 and must specify the energy savings or increased efficiency in 30.4 the use of energy within the service territory of the utility or 30.5 association that is the result of the spending and investments. 30.6 The evaluation must analyze the cost effectiveness of the 30.7 utility's or association's conservation programs, using a list 30.8 of baseline energy and capacity savings assumptions developed in 30.9 consultation with the department. 30.10 The commissioner shall review each evaluation and make 30.11 recommendations, where appropriate, to the municipality or 30.12 association to increase the effectiveness of conservation 30.13 improvement activities. Up to three percent of a utility's 30.14 conservation spending obligation under this section may be used 30.15 for program pre-evaluation, testing, and monitoring and program 30.16 evaluation. The overview filed by a municipality with less than 30.17 $2,500,000 in annual gross revenues from the retail sale of 30.18 electric service may consist of a letter from the governing 30.19 board of the municipal utility to the department providing the 30.20 amount of annual conservation spending required of that 30.21 municipality and certifying that the required amount has been 30.22 spent on conservation programs pursuant to this subdivision. 30.23 (h) The commissioner shall also review each evaluation for 30.24 whether a portion of the money spent on residential conservation 30.25 improvement programs is devoted to programs that directly 30.26 address the needs of renters and low-income persons unless an 30.27 insufficient number of appropriate programs are available. For 30.28 the purposes of this subdivision and subdivision 2, "low-income" 30.29 means an income at or below 50 percent of the state median 30.30 income. 30.31 (i) As part of its spending for conservation improvement, a 30.32 municipality or association may contribute to the energy and 30.33 conservation account. A municipality or association may propose 30.34 to the commissioner to designate that all or a portion of funds 30.35 contributed to the account be used for research and development 30.36 projects that can best be implemented on a statewide basis. Any 31.1 amount contributed must be remitted to the commissioner by 31.2 February 1 of each year. 31.3 (j) A municipality may spend up to 50 percent of its 31.4 required spending under this section to refurbish an existing 31.5 district heating or cooling system. This paragraph expires July 31.6 1, 2007. 31.7 Sec. 5. [216B.361] [TOWNSHIP AGREEMENT WITH NATURAL GAS 31.8 UTILITY.] 31.9 A township may enter into an agreement with a public 31.10 utility providing natural gas services to provide services 31.11 within a designated portion or all of the township. If a city 31.12 annexes township land for which a utility has an agreement with 31.13 a township to serve, the utility shall continue to have a 31.14 nonexclusive right to offer and provide service in the area 31.15 identified by the agreement with the township for the term of 31.16 that agreement, subject to the authority of the annexing city to 31.17 manage public rights-of-way within the city as provided in 31.18 sections 216B.36, 237.162, and 237.163. 31.19 Nothing in this section precludes a city from acquiring the 31.20 property of a public utility under sections 216B.45 to 216B.47 31.21 for the purpose of allowing the city to own and operate a 31.22 natural gas utility, or to extend natural gas and other utility 31.23 services into newly annexed areas. 31.24 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.051, 31.25 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 31.26 Subd. 3. [FUTURE ENERGY SOLUTIONS; TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC 31.27 ANALYSIS.] (a) In light of the electric energy guidelines 31.28 established in subdivision 7 and in light of existing31.29 conservation improvement programs and plans, utility resource31.30 plans, and other existing energy plans and analyses, the31.31 legislative task force on energy shall undertake an analysis of31.32 the technical and economic feasibility of an electric energy31.33 future for the state that relies on environmentally and31.34 economically sustainable and advantageous electric energy supply31.35 utility resource plans and competitive bidding dockets before 31.36 the commission, the task force shall gather information and make 32.1 recommendations to the legislature regarding potential electric 32.2 energy resources. The task force shallmay contract with one or 32.3 more energy policy experts and energy economists to assist it in 32.4 its analysis. The task force may not contract for service nor 32.5 employ any person who was involved in any capacity in any 32.6 portion of any proceeding before the public utilities 32.7 commission, the administrative law judge, the state court of 32.8 appeals, or the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission 32.9 related to the dry cask storage proposal on Prairie Island. The 32.10 task force must gather information on at least the following 32.11 electric energy resources, but may expand its inquiry as 32.12 warranted by the information collected: 32.13 (1) wind energy; 32.14 (2) hydrogen as a fuel carrier produced from renewable and 32.15 fossil fuel resources; 32.16 (3) biomass; 32.17 (4) decomposition gases produced by solid waste management 32.18 facilities; 32.19 (5) solid waste as a direct fuel or refuse-derived fuel; 32.20 and 32.21 (6) clean coal technology. 32.22 (b) The analysis must addressIn evaluating these electric 32.23 energy resources, the task force must consider at least the 32.24 following: 32.25 (1) to the best of forecasting abilities, how much electric 32.26 generation capacity and demand for electric energy is necessary 32.27 to maintain a strong economy and a high quality of life in the 32.28 state over the next 15 to 20 years; how is this demand level 32.29 affected by achievement of the maximum reasonably feasible and 32.30 cost-effective demand side management and generation and 32.31 distribution efficiencies; 32.32 (2) what alternative forms of energy can provide a stable 32.33 supply of energy and are producible and sustainable in the state 32.34 and at what cost; 32.35 (3) what are the costs to the state and ratepayers to 32.36 ensure that new electric energy generation utilizes less 33.1 environmentally damaging sources; how do those costs change as 33.2 the time frame for development and implementation of new 33.3 generation sources is compressed; 33.4 (4) what are the implications for delivery systems for 33.5 energy produced in areas of the state that do not now have 33.6 high-volume transmission capability; are new transmission 33.7 technologies being developed that can address some of the 33.8 concerns with transmission; can a more dispersed electric 33.9 generation system lessen the need for long-distance 33.10 transmission; 33.11 (5) what are the actual costs and benefits of purchasing 33.12 electricity and fuel to generate electricity from outside the 33.13 state; what are the present costs to the state's economy of 33.14 exporting a large percentage of the state's energy dollars and 33.15 what is the future economic impact of continuing to do so; 33.16 (6) are there benefits to be had from a large immediate 33.17 investment in quickly implementing alternative electric energy 33.18 sources in terms of developing an exportable technology and/or 33.19 commodity; is it feasible to turn around the flow of dollars for 33.20 energy so that the state imports dollars and exports energy and 33.21 energy technology; what is a reasonable time frame for the shift 33.22 if it is possible; 33.23 (7) are there taxation or regulatory barriers to developing 33.24 more sustainable and less problematic electric energy 33.25 generation; what are they specifically and how can they be 33.26 specifically addressed; 33.27 (8) can an approach be developed that moves quickly to 33.28 development and implementation of alternative energy sources 33.29 that can be forgiving of interim failures but that is also 33.30 sufficiently deliberate to ensure ultimate success on a large 33.31 scale; and 33.32 (9) in what specific ways can the state assist regional 33.33 energy suppliers to accelerate phasing out energy production 33.34 processes that produce wastes or emissions that must necessarily 33.35 be carefully controlled and monitored to minimize adverse 33.36 effects on the environment and human health and to assist in 34.1 developing and implementing base load energy production that 34.2 both prevents or minimizes by its nature adverse environmental 34.3 and human health effects and utilizes resources that are 34.4 available or producible in the state ;. 34.5 (10) whether there is a need to establish additional34.6 dislocated worker assistance for workers at the Prairie Island34.7 nuclear power plant; if so, how that assistance should be34.8 structured;34.9 (11) can the state monitor, evaluate, and affect federal34.10 actions relating to permanent storage of high-level radioactive34.11 waste; what actions by the state over what period of time would34.12 expedite federal action to take responsibility for the waste;34.13 (12) should the state establish a legislative oversight34.14 commission on energy issues; should the responsibilities of an34.15 oversight commission be coordinated with the activities of the34.16 public utilities commission and the department of public service34.17 and if so, how; and34.18 (13) is it feasible to convert existing nuclear power and34.19 coal-fired electric generating plants to utilization of energy34.20 sources that result in significantly less environmental damage;34.21 if so, what are the short-term and long-term costs and benefits34.22 of doing so; how do shorter or longer time periods for34.23 conversion affect the cost/benefit analysis.34.24 (c) The task force must study issues related to the 34.25 transportation of spent nuclear fuel from this state to interim 34.26 or permanent repositories outside this state. 34.27 (d) The public utility that owns the Prairie Island and 34.28 Monticello nuclear generation facilities shall update the 34.29 reports required under section 116C.772, subdivisions 3 to 5, 34.30 and shall submit those updates periodically to the public 34.31 utilities commission with the utility's resource plan filing 34.32 under section 216B.2422 and to the task force. 34.33 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.051, is 34.34 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 34.35 Subd. 4a. [REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS.] By January 15, 34.36 2005, and every two years thereafter, the task force shall 35.1 submit a report to the chairs of the committees in the house of 35.2 representatives and the senate that have responsibility for 35.3 energy and for environmental and natural resources issues that 35.4 contains an overview of information gathered and analyses that 35.5 have been prepared, and specific recommendations, if any, for 35.6 legislative action that will ensure development and 35.7 implementation of electric energy policy that will provide the 35.8 state with adequate, renewable, and economic electric power for 35.9 the long term. 35.10 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.051, 35.11 subdivision 6, is amended to read: 35.12 Subd. 6. [ASSESSMENT; APPROPRIATION.] On request by the 35.13 cochairs of the legislative task force and after approval of the 35.14 legislative coordinating commission, the commissioner of 35.15 commerce shall assess from all public utilities, generation and 35.16 transmission cooperative electric associations, and municipal 35.17 power agencies providing electric or natural gas services in 35.18 Minnesota, in addition to assessments made under section 35.19 216B.62, the amount requested for the operation of the task 35.20 force not to exceed $150,000$250,000 in a fiscal year. The 35.21 amount assessed under this section is appropriated to the 35.22 director of the legislative coordinating commission for those 35.23 purposes, and is available until expended. The department shall 35.24 apportion those costs among all energy utilities in proportion 35.25 to their respective gross operating revenues from the sale of 35.26 gas or electric service within the state during the last 35.27 calendar year. For the purposes of administrative efficiency, 35.28 the department shall assess energy utilities and issue bills in 35.29 accordance with the billing and assessment procedures provided 35.30 in section 216B.62, to the extent that these procedures do not 35.31 conflict with this subdivision. 35.32 Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.051, 35.33 subdivision 9, is amended to read: 35.34 Subd. 9. [EXPIRATION.] This section is repealed June 35.35 30, 20052007. 35.36 Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.052, 36.1 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 36.2 Subd. 2. [ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES.] (a) The commissioner may 36.3 select the administrator who shall serve for a four-year term. 36.4 The administrator may not have been a party or a participant in 36.5 a commission energy proceeding for at least one year prior to 36.6 selection by the commissioner. The commissioner shall oversee 36.7 and direct the work of the administrator, annually review the 36.8 expenses of the administrator, and annually approve the budget 36.9 of the administrator. The administrator may hire staff and may 36.10 contract for technical expertise in performing duties when 36.11 existing state resources are required for other state 36.12 responsibilities or when special expertise is required. The 36.13 salary of the administrator is governed by section 15A.0815, 36.14 subdivision 2. 36.15 (b) Costs relating to a specific proceeding, analysis, or 36.16 project are not general administrative costs. For purposes of 36.17 this section, "energy utility" means public utilities, 36.18 generation and transmission cooperative electric associations, 36.19 and municipal power agencies providing natural gas or electric 36.20 service in the state. 36.21 (c) The department of commerce shall pay: 36.22 (1) the general administrative costs of the administrator, 36.23 not to exceed $1,500,000$1,000,000 in a fiscal year, and shall 36.24 assess energy utilities for reimbursementfor those 36.25 administrative costs. These costs must be consistent with the 36.26 budget approved by the commissioner under paragraph (a). The 36.27 department shall apportion the costs among all energy utilities 36.28 in proportion to their respective gross operating revenues from 36.29 sales of gas or electric service within the state during the 36.30 last calendar year, and shall then render a bill to each utility 36.31 on a regular basis; and 36.32 (2) costs relating to a specific proceeding analysis or 36.33 project and shall render a bill for reimbursementto the 36.34 specific energy utility or utilities participating in the 36.35 proceeding, analysis, or project directly, either at the 36.36 conclusion of a particular proceeding, analysis, or project, or 37.1 from time to time during the course of the proceeding, analysis, 37.2 or project. 37.3 (d) For purposes of administrative efficiency, the 37.4 department shall assess energy utilities and issue bills in 37.5 accordance with the billing and assessment procedures provided 37.6 in section 216B.62, to the extent that these procedures do not 37.7 conflict with this subdivision. The amount of the bills 37.8 rendered by the department under paragraph (c) must be paid by 37.9 the energy utility into an account in the special revenue fund 37.10 in the state treasury within 30 days from the date of billing 37.11 and is appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes 37.12 provided in this section. The commission shall approve or 37.13 approve as modified a rate schedule providing for the automatic 37.14 adjustment of charges to recover amounts paid by utilities under 37.15 this section. All amounts assessed under this section are in 37.16 addition to amounts appropriated to the commission and the 37.17 department by other law. 37.18 Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 216C.052, 37.19 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 37.20 Subd. 3. [ASSESSMENT AND APPROPRIATION.] In addition to 37.21 the amount noted in subdivision 2, the commissioner of commerce37.22 shall transfermay assess utilities, using the mechanism 37.23 specified in that subdivision, up to an additional $500,000 37.24 annually of the amounts provided for in subdivision 2 to the37.25 commissioner of administrationthrough June 30, 2006. The 37.26 amounts assessed under this subdivision are appropriated to the 37.27 commissioner, and some or all of the amounts assessed may be 37.28 transferred to the commissioner of administration, for the 37.29 purposes providedspecified in section 16B.325 and Laws 2001, 37.30 chapter 212, article 1, section 3, as needed to implement that37.31 sectionthose sections. 37.32 Sec. 12. [REFURBISHMENT OF METROPOLITAN GENERATING 37.33 PLANTS.] 37.34 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.1692, 37.35 subdivision 1, clause (2), and subdivision 5, paragraphs (c) and 37.36 (d), all investments in repowering, emissions reduction 38.1 technologies and equipment, and power plant rehabilitation and 38.2 life extension described in the primary metropolitan emission 38.3 reduction proposal filed with the public utilities commission in 38.4 July 2002 by the public utility that owns the Prairie Island 38.5 nuclear generation facility and currently pending before the 38.6 commission are deemed qualifying projects under Minnesota 38.7 Statutes, section 216B.1692, and all costs related to all such 38.8 investments are eligible for rider recovery under Minnesota 38.9 Statutes, section 216B.1692, subdivision 5. Upon receiving 38.10 approval by the commission, the utility shall implement the 38.11 approved proposal or justify to the commission its decision not 38.12 to do so. 38.13 Sec. 13. [CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM; EVALUATION.] 38.14 Subdivision 1. [CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM; GENERAL 38.15 EVALUATION.] (a) The commissioner of commerce shall contract 38.16 with the legislative auditor or other independent third party 38.17 for a review of: 38.18 (1) the relevant state statutes, to determine if 38.19 conservation requirements could be eliminated or modified to 38.20 ensure that conservation dollars are directed toward the most 38.21 cost-effective conservation investments; 38.22 (2) the relevant state rules, to determine if current rules 38.23 allow or facilitate optimum conservation practices and 38.24 procedures; and 38.25 (3) the department of commerce's conservation regulatory 38.26 processes, to determine if the regulatory review process 38.27 currently employed results in optimum conservation investments. 38.28 (b) The costs of the review under paragraph (a) may be 38.29 recovered by the department as a general administrative expense 38.30 under Minnesota Statutes, section 216C.052, subdivision 2. 38.31 Sec. 14. [LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF CONSUMPTIVE USE OF 38.32 WATER; PROPOSED FACILITY ROSEMOUNT.] 38.33 Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.265, 38.34 subdivision 3, the legislature approves the consumptive use 38.35 under a permit of more than 2,000,000 gallons per day average in 38.36 a 30-day period in Rosemount, in connection with a gas-fueled 39.1 combined-cycle electric generating facility, subject to the 39.2 commissioner of natural resources making a determination that 39.3 the water remaining in the basin of origin will be adequate to 39.4 meet the basin's need for water and approval by the commissioner 39.5 of natural resources of all applicable permits. 39.6 Sec. 15. [LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF CONSUMPTIVE USE OF 39.7 WATER; PROPOSED FACILITY MANKATO.] 39.8 Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.265, 39.9 subdivision 3, the legislature approves the consumptive use 39.10 under a permit of more than 2,000,000 gallons per day average in 39.11 a 30-day period in Mankato, in connection with a gas-fueled 39.12 combined-cycle electric generating facility, subject to the 39.13 commissioner of natural resources making a determination that 39.14 the water remaining in the basin of origin will be adequate to 39.15 meet the basin's need for water and approval by the commissioner 39.16 of natural resources of all applicable permits. 39.17 Sec. 16. [REPEALER.] 39.18 Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 116C.80 and 216C.051, 39.19 subdivisions 1, 4, and 5, are repealed. 39.20 Sec. 17. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 39.21 This article is effective the day following final enactment. 39.22 ARTICLE 4 39.23 INNOVATIVE ENERGY PROJECT 39.24 Section 1. [INNOVATIVE ENERGY PROJECT.] 39.25 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITION.] For the purposes of this 39.26 section, the term "innovative energy project" means a proposed 39.27 energy generation facility or group of facilities which may be 39.28 located on up to three sites: 39.29 (1) that makes use of an innovative generation technology 39.30 utilizing coal as a primary fuel in a highly efficient 39.31 combined-cycle configuration with significantly reduced sulfur 39.32 dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate, and mercury emissions from 39.33 those of traditional technologies; 39.34 (2) that the project developer or owner certifies is a 39.35 project capable of offering a long-term supply contract at a 39.36 hedged, predictable cost; and 40.1 (3) that is designated by the commissioner of the iron 40.2 range resources and rehabilitation board as a project that is 40.3 located in the taconite tax relief area on a site that has 40.4 substantial real property with adequate infrastructure to 40.5 support new or expanded development and that has received prior 40.6 financial and other support from the board. 40.7 Subd. 2. [REGULATORY INCENTIVES.] (a) An innovative energy 40.8 project: 40.9 (1) is exempted from the requirements for a certificate of 40.10 need under Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.243, for the 40.11 generation facilities, and transmission infrastructure 40.12 associated with the generation facilities, but is subject to all 40.13 applicable environmental review and permitting procedures of 40.14 Minnesota Statutes, sections 116C.51 to 116C.69; 40.15 (2) once permitted and constructed, is eligible to increase 40.16 the capacity of the associated transmission facilities without 40.17 additional state review upon filing notice with the commission; 40.18 (3) has the power of eminent domain, which shall be limited 40.19 to the sites and routes approved by the environmental quality 40.20 board for the project facilities. The project shall be 40.21 considered a utility as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 40.22 116C.52, subdivision 10, for the limited purpose of Minnesota 40.23 Statutes, section 116C.63. The project shall report any intent 40.24 to exercise eminent domain authority to the board; 40.25 (4) shall qualify as an "eligible energy technology" for 40.26 purposes of Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.1691. Electricity 40.27 from the project shall count one kilowatt-hour toward an 40.28 electric utility's objectives under Minnesota Statutes, section 40.29 216B.1691, for every two kilowatt-hours produced by the project 40.30 and purchased by the utility for distribution to retail 40.31 customers in the state; 40.32 (5) shall, prior to the approval by the commission of any 40.33 arrangement to build or expand a fossil-fuel-fired generation 40.34 facility, or to enter into an agreement to purchase capacity or 40.35 energy from such a facility for a term exceeding five years, be 40.36 considered as a supply option for the generation facility, and 41.1 the commission shall ensure such consideration and take any 41.2 action with respect to such supply proposal that it deems to be 41.3 in the best interest of ratepayers; 41.4 (6) shall make a good faith effort to secure funding from 41.5 the United States Department of Energy and the United States 41.6 Department of Agriculture to conduct a demonstration project at 41.7 the facility for either geologic or terrestrial carbon 41.8 sequestration projects to achieve reductions in facility 41.9 emissions or carbon dioxide; 41.10 (7) shall be entitled to enter into a contract with a 41.11 public utility that owns a nuclear generation facility in the 41.12 state to provide 450 megawatts of baseload capacity and energy 41.13 under a long-term contract, subject to the approval of the terms 41.14 and conditions of the contract by the commission. The 41.15 commission may approve, disapprove, amend, or modify the 41.16 contract in making its public interest determination, taking 41.17 into consideration the project's economic development benefits 41.18 to the state; the use of abundant domestic fuel sources; the 41.19 stability of the price of the output from the project; the 41.20 project's potential to contribute to a transition to hydrogen as 41.21 a fuel resource; and the emission reductions achieved compared 41.22 to other solid fuel baseload technologies; and 41.23 (8) shall be eligible for a grant from the renewable 41.24 development account, subject to the approval of the entity 41.25 administering that account, of $2,000,000 a year for five years 41.26 for development and engineering costs, including those costs 41.27 related to mercury removal technology; thermal efficiency 41.28 optimization and emission minimization; environmental impact 41.29 statement preparation and licensing; development of hydrogen 41.30 production capabilities; and fuel cell development and 41.31 utilization. 41.32 (b) This subdivision does not apply to nor affect a 41.33 proposal to add utility-owned resources that is pending on the 41.34 date of enactment of this act before the public utilities 41.35 commission or to competitive bid solicitations to provide 41.36 capacity or energy that is scheduled to be online by December 42.1 31, 2006. 42.2 Sec. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 42.3 This article is effective the day following final enactment.