as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 08/09/2017 09:19am
A bill for an act
relating to energy; eliminating the size limitation on hydropower sources that may
satisfy the renewable energy standard; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section
216B.1691, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 216B.1691, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
(a) Unless otherwise specified in law, "eligible energy
technology" means an energy technology that generates electricity from the following
renewable energy sources:
(3) hydroelectric deleted text beginwith a capacity of less than 100 megawattsdeleted text end;
(4) hydrogen, provided that after January 1, 2010, the hydrogen must be generated from
the resources listed in this paragraph; or
(5) biomass, which includes, without limitation, landfill gas; an anaerobic digester
system; the predominantly organic components of wastewater effluent, sludge, or related
by-products from publicly owned treatment works, but not including incineration of
wastewater sludge to produce electricity; and an energy recovery facility used to capture
the heat value of mixed municipal solid waste or refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal
solid waste as a primary fuel.
(b) "Electric utility" means a public utility providing electric service, a generation and
transmission cooperative electric association, a municipal power agency, or a power district.
(c) "Total retail electric sales" means the kilowatt-hours of electricity sold in a year by
an electric utility to retail customers of the electric utility or to a distribution utility for
distribution to the retail customers of the distribution utility. deleted text begin"Total retail electric sales"
does not include the sale of hydroelectricity supplied by a federal power marketing
administration or other federal agency, regardless of whether the sales are directly to a
distribution utility or are made to a generation and transmission utility and pooled for further
allocation to a distribution utility.
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