CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT ON S.F. No. 3337
relating to energy; creating coordinated process for reducing greenhouse gas
emissions; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 216H.
May 5, 2008
The Honorable James P. Metzen
President of the Senate
The Honorable Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Speaker of the House of Representatives
We, the undersigned conferees for S.F. No. 3337 report that we have agreed upon
the items in dispute and recommend as follows:
That the House recede from its amendments and that S.F. No. 3337 be further
amended as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 115C.04, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Agency Cost recovery; subrogation.
Reasonable and necessary expenses
incurred by the agency in taking a corrective action, including costs of investigating
a release, administrative and legal expenses, and reimbursement costs described in
subdivision 1, paragraph (b), may be recovered in a civil action in district court brought by
the attorney general on behalf of the board
against a responsible person. The agency's
certification of expenses is prima facie evidence that the expenses are reasonable and
necessary. If the responsible person has petroleum tank leakage or spill insurance
coverage that insures against the liability provided in this section, the
subrogated to the rights of the responsible person with respect to that insurance coverage,
to the extent of the expenses incurred by the agency and described in this subdivision.
may request the attorney general to bring an action in district court
against the insurer to enforce this subrogation right. Expenses that are recovered under
this section must be deposited in the fund.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 115C.09, subdivision 3h, is amended to read:
Subd. 3h. Reimbursement; aboveground tanks in bulk plants.
(a) As used in
this subdivision, "bulk plant" means an aboveground or underground tank facility with a
storage capacity of more than 1,100 gallons but less than 1,000,000 gallons that is used to
dispense petroleum into cargo tanks for transportation and sale at another location.
Notwithstanding any other provision in this chapter and any rules adopted
2.9 pursuant to this chapter, the board shall reimburse 90 percent of an applicant's cost for bulk
2.10 plant upgrades or closures completed between June 1, 1998, and November 1, 2003, to
2.11 comply with Minnesota Rules, chapter 7151, provided that the board determines the costs
2.12 were incurred and reasonable. The reimbursement may not exceed $10,000 per bulk plant.
2.13 The board may provide reimbursement under this paragraph for work completed after
2.14 November 1, 2003, if the work was contracted for prior to that date and was not completed
2.15 by that date as a result of an unanticipated situation, provided that an application for
2.16 reimbursement under this paragraph, which may be a renewal of an application previously
2.17 denied, is submitted prior to December 31, 2005.
For corrective action at a bulk plant located on what is or was railroad
right-of-way, the board shall reimburse 90 percent of total reimbursable costs on the first
$40,000 of reimbursable costs and 100 percent of any remaining reimbursable costs when
the applicant can document that more than one bulk plant was operated on the same
section of right-of-way, as determined by the commissioner of commerce.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 115C.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.25 Subd. 3k. PVC piping at residential locations. (a) This subdivision is to assist
2.26homeowners who have installed PVC fill piping as part of the heating oil system at their
2.27residences. Replacement of the PVC piping with metal piping is intended to avoid the
2.28catastrophic release of heating oil, as well as the ensuing cleanup costs, that can occur
2.29at residences where the PVC piping fails.
2.30 (b) As used in this subdivision:
2.31 (1) "residential locations" means a storage tank and appurtenances for heating oil
2.32that are used to heat a single-family residence; and
3.1 (2) "qualified person" means someone who is registered as a contractor under section
3.2115C.11 and, as part of their trade or business, installs or repairs nonpressure piping,
3.3heating systems, air conditioning systems, or storage tank systems.
3.4 (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or any rules adopted
3.5under this chapter, the board shall reimburse a qualified person 90 percent of the cost
3.6for replacing PVC fill piping with metal piping at residential locations between May 1,
3.72008, and September 1, 2011, provided that the board determines the costs were incurred
3.8and reasonable. The reimbursement may not exceed $250 per residential location. The
3.9maximum expenditure from the fund may not exceed $1,500,000.
3.10 (d) A heating oil vendor is not a responsible person for a heating oil spill inside a
3.11residential location if the spill was caused solely by the failure of a tank or appurtenance
3.12to a tank owned by the homeowner.
Sec. 4. [117.054] COPIES OF APPRAISAL TO LANDOWNER.
3.14 A public utility, municipal utility, cooperative electric association, natural gas
3.15pipeline or crude oil or petroleum products pipeline company must provide the property
3.16owner with a copy of each appraisal it has obtained for a property before presenting
3.17a petition under section 117.055 to acquire the property.
3.18EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective August 1, 2008, and applies to
3.19eminent domain proceedings commenced on or after October 1, 2008.
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216B.16, subdivision 7b, is amended to read:
Subd. 7b. Transmission cost adjustment.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision
of this chapter, the commission may approve a tariff mechanism for the automatic annual
adjustment of charges for the Minnesota jurisdictional costs of: (i)
facilities that have been separately filed and reviewed and approved by the commission
are certified as a priority project or deemed to be a priority
transmission project under section
216B.2425; and (ii) charges incurred by a utility that
3.27accrue from other transmission owners' regionally planned transmission projects that have
3.28been determined by the Midwest Independent System Operator to benefit the utility, as
3.29provided for under a federally approved tariff
(b) Upon filing by a public utility or utilities providing transmission service, the
commission may approve, reject, or modify, after notice and comment, a tariff that:
(1) allows the utility to recover on a timely basis the costs net of revenues of
facilities approved under section
or certified or deemed to be certified under
216B.2425 or exempt from the requirements of section 216B.243
(2) allows the charges incurred by a utility that accrue from other transmission
4.2owners' regionally planned transmission projects that have been determined by the
4.3Midwest Independent System Operator to benefit the utility, as provided for under a
4.4federally approved tariff. These charges must be reduced or offset by revenues received
4.5by the utility and by amounts the utility charges to other regional transmission owners, to
4.6the extent those revenues and charges have not been otherwise offset;
allows a return on investment at the level approved in the utility's last general
rate case, unless a different return is found to be consistent with the public interest;
provides a current return on construction work in progress, provided that
recovery from Minnesota retail customers for the allowance for funds used during
construction is not sought through any other mechanism;
allows for recovery of other expenses if shown to promote a least-cost project
option or is otherwise in the public interest;
allocates project costs appropriately between wholesale and retail customers;
provides a mechanism for recovery above cost, if necessary to improve the
overall economics of the project or projects or is otherwise in the public interest; and
terminates recovery once costs have been fully recovered or have otherwise
been reflected in the utility's general rates.
(c) A public utility may file annual rate adjustments to be applied to customer bills
paid under the tariff approved in paragraph (b). In its filing, the public utility shall provide:
(1) a description of and context for the facilities included for recovery;
(2) a schedule for implementation of applicable projects;
(3) the utility's costs for these projects;
(4) a description of the utility's efforts to ensure the lowest costs to ratepayers for
the project; and
(5) calculations to establish that the rate adjustment is consistent with the terms
of the tariff established in paragraph (b).
(d) Upon receiving a filing for a rate adjustment pursuant to the tariff established in
paragraph (b), the commission shall approve the annual rate adjustments provided that,
after notice and comment, the costs included for recovery through the tariff were or are
expected to be prudently incurred and achieve transmission system improvements at the
lowest feasible and prudent cost to ratepayers.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216B.1645, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Commission authority.
Upon the petition of a public utility, the
Public Utilities Commission shall approve or disapprove power purchase contracts,
investments, or expenditures entered into or made by the utility to satisfy the wind and
biomass mandates contained in sections
, and to
satisfy the renewable energy objectives and standards
set forth in section
including reasonable investments and expenditures made to:
(1) transmit the electricity generated from sources developed under those sections
that is ultimately used to provide service to the utility's retail customers, including
studies necessary to identify new transmission facilities needed to transmit electricity to
Minnesota retail customers from generating facilities constructed to satisfy the renewable
energy objectives and standards
, provided that the costs of the studies have not been
recovered previously under existing tariffs and the utility has filed an application for a
certificate of need or for certification as a priority project under section
new transmission facilities identified in the studies;
5.13 (2) provide storage facilities for renewable energy generation facilities that
5.14contribute to the reliability, efficiency, or cost-effectiveness of the renewable facilities;
develop renewable energy sources from the account required in section
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216B.1645, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Cost recovery.
The expenses incurred by the utility over the duration of
the approved contract or useful life of the investment and expenditures made pursuant
shall be recoverable from the ratepayers of the utility, to the extent
they are not offset by utility revenues attributable to the contracts, investments, or
expenditures. Upon petition by a public utility, the commission shall approve or approve
as modified a rate schedule providing for the automatic adjustment of charges to recover
the expenses or costs approved by the commission under subdivision 1
, which, in the case
of transmission expenditures, are limited to the portion of actual transmission costs that are
directly allocable to the need to transmit power from the renewable sources of energy. The
commission may not approve recovery of the costs for that portion of the power generated
from sources governed by this section that the utility sells into the wholesale market.
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 216B.1645, subdivision 2a,
is amended to read:
Subd. 2a. Cost recovery for owned renewable facilities.
(a) A utility may petition
the commission to approve a rate schedule that provides for the automatic adjustment of
charges to recover prudently incurred investments, expenses, or costs associated with
facilities constructed, owned, or operated by a utility to satisfy the requirements of section
, provided those facilities were previously approved by the commission under
section 216B.2422 or 216B.243, or were determined by the commission to be reasonable
6.3and prudent under section
216B.243, subdivision 9
. The commission may approve, or
approve as modified, a rate schedule that:
(1) allows a utility to recover directly from customers on a timely basis the costs of
qualifying renewable energy projects, including:
(i) return on investment;
(iii) ongoing operation and maintenance costs;
(iv) taxes; and
(v) costs of transmission and other ancillary expenses directly allocable to
transmitting electricity generated from a project meeting the specifications of this
(2) provides a current return on construction work in progress, provided that recovery
of these costs from Minnesota ratepayers is not sought through any other mechanism;
(3) allows recovery of other expenses incurred that are directly related to a
renewable energy project, including expenses for energy storage,
provided that the
utility demonstrates to the commission's satisfaction that the expenses improve project
economics, ensure project implementation, or facilitate coordination with the development
of transmission necessary to transport energy produced by the project to market;
(4) allocates recoverable costs appropriately between wholesale and retail customers;
(5) terminates recovery when costs have been fully recovered or have otherwise
been reflected in a utility's rates.
(b) A petition filed under this subdivision must include:
(1) a description of the facilities for which costs are to be recovered;
(2) an implementation schedule for the facilities;
(3) the utility's costs for the facilities;
(4) a description of the utility's efforts to ensure that costs of the facilities are
reasonable and were prudently incurred; and
(5) a description of the benefits of the project in promoting the development of
renewable energy in a manner consistent with this chapter.
Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 216B.241, is amended by adding
a subdivision to read:
6.34 Subd. 5a. Qualifying solar energy project. (a) A utility or association may include
6.35in its conservation plan programs for the installation of qualifying solar energy projects as
7.1defined by section 216B.2411 to the extent of the spending allowed for generation projects
7.2by section 216B.2411. The cost-effectiveness of a qualifying solar energy project may
7.3be determined by a different standard than for other energy conservation improvements
7.4under this section if the commissioner determines it is in the public interest to do so to
7.5encourage solar energy projects. Energy savings from qualifying solar energy projects
7.6may not be counted toward the minimum energy savings goal of at least one percent
7.7for energy conservation improvements required under subdivision 1c, but may, if the
7.8conservation plan is approved:
7.9 (1) be counted toward energy savings above that minimum percentage; and
7.10 (2) be considered when establishing performance incentives under section 216B.241,
7.12 (b) Qualifying solar energy projects may not be considered when establishing
7.13demand-side management targets under sections 216B.2422, 216B.243, or any other
7.14section of this chapter.
7.15EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 216B.2411, subdivision 1,
is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Generation projects.
(a) Any municipality or rural electric
association providing electric service and subject to section
that is meeting the
7.20 objectives under section
may, and each public utility may, use five percent
of the total amount to be spent on energy conservation improvements under section
(1) projects in Minnesota to construct an electric generating facility that utilizes
eligible renewable energy sources as defined in subdivision 2, such as methane or other
combustible gases derived from the processing of plant or animal wastes, biomass fuels
such as short-rotation woody or fibrous agricultural crops, or other renewable fuel, as its
primary fuel source;
(2) projects in Minnesota to install a distributed generation facility of ten megawatts
or less of interconnected capacity that is fueled by natural gas, renewable fuels, or another
similarly clean fuel
7.31 (3) projects in Minnesota to install a qualifying solar energy project as defined in
(b) For public utilities, as defined under section
216B.02, subdivision 4
under this section must be considered energy conservation improvements as defined in
. For cooperative electric associations and municipal utilities, projects
under this section must be considered load-management activities described in section
8.2216B.241, subdivision 1
8.3EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216B.2411, subdivision 2, is amended to
Subd. 2. Definitions.
(a) For the purposes of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision and section
216B.241, subdivision 1
, have the meanings given them.
(b) "Eligible renewable energy sources" means fuels and technologies to generate
electricity through the use of any of the resources listed in section
, paragraph (a), clause (1), except that
"biomass" has the meaning provided
under paragraph (c), and "solar" must be from a qualified solar energy project as defined in
(c) "Biomass" includes:
(1) methane or other combustible gases derived from the processing of plant or
(2) alternative fuels derived from soybean and other agricultural plant oils or animal
(3) combustion of barley hulls, corn, soy-based products, or other agricultural
(4) wood residue from the wood products industry in Minnesota or other wood
products such as short-rotation woody or fibrous agricultural crops; and
(5) landfill gas, mixed municipal solid waste, and refuse-derived fuel from mixed
municipal solid waste.
8.24 (d) "Qualifying solar energy project" means a qualifying solar thermal project or
8.25qualifying solar electric project.
8.26 (e) "Qualifying solar thermal project" means a flat plate or evacuated tube that meets
8.27the requirements of section 216C.25 with a fixed orientation that collects the sun's radiant
8.28energy and transfers it to a storage medium for distribution as energy to heat or cool air or
8.29water, but does not include equipment used to heat water at a residential property (1) for
8.30domestic use if less than one-half of the energy used for that purpose is derived from the
8.31sun or (2) for use in a hot tub or swimming pool.
8.32 (f) "Qualifying solar electric project" means solar electric equipment that meets the
8.33requirements of section 216C.25 with a total peak generating capacity of 100 kilowatts
8.34or less used for generating electricity primarily for use in a residential property or small
8.35business to reduce the effective electric load for that residence or small business.
9.1 (g) "Residential property" means the principal residence of a homeowner at the time
9.2the solar equipment is placed in service.
9.3 (h) "Small business" has the meaning given to it in section 645.445.
9.4EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216B.2424, subdivision 1, is amended to
Subdivision 1. Farm-grown closed-loop biomass.
(a) For the purposes of this
section, "farm-grown closed-loop biomass" means
biomass, as defined in section
9.9 216C.051, subdivision 7 herbaceous crops, trees, agricultural waste, and aquatic plant
9.10matter that is used to generate electricity, but does not include mixed municipal solid
9.11waste, as defined in section 115A.03
(1) is intentionally cultivated, harvested, and prepared for use, in whole or in part,
as a fuel for the generation of electricity;
(2) when combusted, releases an amount of carbon dioxide that is less than or
approximately equal to the carbon dioxide absorbed by the biomass fuel during its
growing cycle; and
(3) is fired in a new or substantially retrofitted electric generating facility that is:
(i) located within 400 miles of the site of the biomass production; and
(ii) designed to use biomass to meet at least 75 percent of its fuel requirements.
(b) The legislature finds that the negative environmental impacts within 400 miles
of the facility resulting from transporting and combusting the biomass are offset in that
region by the environmental benefits to air, soil, and water of the biomass production.
(c) Among the biomass fuel sources that meet the requirements of paragraph (a),
clauses (1) and (2), are poplar, aspen, willow, switch grass, sorghum, alfalfa, cultivated
prairie grass, and sustainably managed woody biomass.
(d) For the purpose of this section, "sustainably managed woody biomass" means:
(1) brush, trees, and other biomass harvested from within designated utility, railroad,
and road rights-of-way;
(2) upland and lowland brush harvested from lands incorporated into brushland
habitat management activities of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources;
(3) upland and lowland brush harvested from lands managed in accordance with
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources "Best Management Practices for Managing
(4) logging slash or waste wood that is created by harvest, by precommercial
timber stand improvement to meet silvicultural objectives, or by fire, disease, or insect
control treatments, and that is managed in compliance with the Minnesota Forest
Resources Council's "Sustaining Minnesota Forest Resources: Voluntary Site-Level Forest
Management Guidelines for Landowners, Loggers and Resource Managers" as modified
by the requirement of this subdivision; and
(5) trees or parts of trees that do not meet the utilization standards for pulpwood,
posts, bolts, or sawtimber as described in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Forestry Timber Sales Manual, 1998, as amended as of May 1, 2005, and the
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Timber Scaling Manual, 1981, as amended
as of May 1, 2005, except as provided in paragraph (a), clause (1), and this paragraph,
clauses (1) to (3).
Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216B.243, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
10.13 Subd. 9. Renewable energy standard facilities. The requirements of this section
10.14do not apply to a wind energy conversion system or a solar electric generation facility that
10.15is intended to be used to meet or exceed the obligations of section 216B.1691; provided
10.16that, after notice and comment, the commission determines that the facility is a reasonable
10.17and prudent approach to meeting a utility's obligations under that section. When making
10.18this determination, the commission may consider the size of the facility relative to a
10.19utility's total need for renewable resources and alternative approaches for supplying
10.20the renewable energy to be supplied by the proposed facility, and must consider the
10.21facility's ability to promote economic development, as required under section 216B.1691,
10.22subdivision 9, maintain electric system reliability and consider impacts on ratepayers, and
10.23other criteria as the commission may determine are relevant.
10.24EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216C.051, as amended by Laws 2007,
chapter 57, article 2, sections 24 and 25, is amended to read:
ELECTRIC ENERGY TASK FORCE
Subd. 2. Establishment.
(a) There is established a Legislative
Task Force Commission
future electric energy sources and costs
and to make
recommendations for legislation
for an environmentally and economically sustainable
10.32 and advantageous electric energy supply concerning issues related to its duties under
task force commission
(1) ten members of the house of representatives
including the chairs of the
11.2 Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Energy Finance and Policy
11.3 Division and eight members to be appointed by the speaker of the house, four of whom
11.4 must be from the minority caucus appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives,
11.5four of whom must be from the minority caucus, and including the chair of the committee
11.6with primary jurisdiction over energy policy; the chair or another member of each of the
11.7committees with primary jurisdiction over environmental policy, agricultural policy, and
11.8transportation policy; and a legislator who is a member of the NextGen Energy Board
(2) ten members of the senate including the chairs of the Environment, Energy
11.10 and Natural Resources Budget Division and Energy, Utilities, Technology and
11.11 Communications committees and eight members to be appointed by the Subcommittee on
11.12 Committees, four of whom must be from the minority caucus.
11.13 (2) ten members of the senate to be appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees,
11.14four of whom must be from the minority caucus, and including the chair of the committee
11.15with primary jurisdiction over energy policy; the chair or another member of each of the
11.16committees with primary jurisdiction over environmental policy, agricultural policy, and
11.17transportation policy; and a legislator who is a member of the NextGen Energy Board.
task force commission
may employ full-time and part-time
for consulting services, and may reimburse the expenses of persons requested to assist
it in its duties
other than state employees or employees of electric utilities
. The director
of the Legislative Coordinating Commission shall assist the
task force commission
administrative matters. The
task force commission
shall elect cochairs, one member of
the house and one member of the senate from among the committee and subcommittee
chairs named to the
task force commission
the house shall elect the house cochair, and the
task force commission
the senate shall elect the senate cochair.
11.27 Subd. 2a. Subcommittees. The commission may establish subcommittees as
11.28necessary to perform its duties.
Technical and economic considerations, analyses, and
11.30 recommendations Duties. (a) In light of the electric energy guidelines established in
11.31 subdivision 7 and utility resource plans and competitive bidding dockets before the
11.32 commission, the task force shall gather information and make recommendations to the
11.33 legislature regarding potential electric energy resources. The task force may contract
11.34 with one or more energy policy experts and energy economists to assist it in its analysis.
11.35 The task force may not contract for service nor employ any person who was involved in
11.36 any capacity in any portion of any proceeding before the Public Utilities Commission,
12.1 the administrative law judge, the state Court of Appeals, or the United States Nuclear
12.2 Regulatory Commission related to the dry cask storage proposal on Prairie Island. The
12.3 task force must gather information on at least the following electric energy resources, but
12.4 may expand its inquiry as warranted by the information collected:
12.5 (1) wind energy;
12.6 (2) hydrogen as a fuel carrier produced from renewable and fossil fuel resources;
12.7 (3) biomass;
12.8 (4) decomposition gases produced by solid waste management facilities;
12.9 (5) solid waste as a direct fuel or refuse-derived fuel; and
12.10 (6) clean coal technology.
12.11 (b) In evaluating these electric energy resources, the task force must consider at
12.12 least the following:
12.13 (1) to the best of forecasting abilities, how much electric generation capacity
12.14 and demand for electric energy is necessary to maintain a strong economy and a high
12.15 quality of life in the state over the next 15 to 20 years; how is this demand level affected
12.16 by achievement of the maximum reasonably feasible and cost-effective demand-side
12.17 management and generation and distribution efficiencies;
12.18 (2) what alternative forms of energy can provide a stable supply of energy and are
12.19 producible and sustainable in the state and at what cost;
12.20 (3) what are the costs to the state and ratepayers to ensure that new electric energy
12.21 generation utilizes less environmentally damaging sources; how do those costs change
12.22 as the time frame for development and implementation of new generation sources is
12.24 (4) what are the implications for delivery systems for energy produced in areas of
12.25 the state that do not now have high-volume transmission capability; are new transmission
12.26 technologies being developed that can address some of the concerns with transmission; can
12.27 a more dispersed electric generation system lessen the need for long-distance transmission;
12.28 (5) what are the actual costs and benefits of purchasing electricity and fuel to
12.29 generate electricity from outside the state; what are the present costs to the state's economy
12.30 of exporting a large percentage of the state's energy dollars and what is the future
12.31 economic impact of continuing to do so;
12.32 (6) are there benefits to be had from a large immediate investment in quickly
12.33 implementing alternative electric energy sources in terms of developing an exportable
12.34 technology and/or commodity; is it feasible to turn around the flow of dollars for energy
12.35 so that the state imports dollars and exports energy and energy technology; what is a
12.36 reasonable time frame for the shift if it is possible;
13.1 (7) are there taxation or regulatory barriers to developing more sustainable and
13.2 less problematic electric energy generation; what are they specifically and how can they
13.3 be specifically addressed;
13.4 (8) can an approach be developed that moves quickly to development and
13.5 implementation of alternative energy sources that can be forgiving of interim failures but
13.6 that is also sufficiently deliberate to ensure ultimate success on a large scale; and
13.7 (9) in what specific ways can the state assist regional energy suppliers to accelerate
13.8 phasing out energy production processes that produce wastes or emissions that must
13.9 necessarily be carefully controlled and monitored to minimize adverse effects on the
13.10 environment and human health and to assist in developing and implementing base load
13.11 energy production that both prevents or minimizes by its nature adverse environmental
13.12 and human health effects and utilizes resources that are available or producible in the state.
13.13 (c) The task force must study issues related to the transportation of spent nuclear
13.14 fuel from this state to interim or permanent repositories outside this state. The task force
13.15 must also gather information on at least the following factors, but may expand its inquiry
13.16 as warranted by the information collected:
13.17 (1) Minnesota's actual and projected electricity demand;
13.18 (2) electricity export potential;
13.19 (3) inventory of energy resources currently used to generate all electricity sold
13.20 in Minnesota and an analysis of the social, economic, and environmental benefits and
13.21 burdens associated with each energy resource;
13.22 (4) electricity demand savings from greater efficiency; and
13.23 (5) job growth and economic development potential.
13.24 (a) The commission shall continuously evaluate the energy policies of this state and
13.25the degree to which they promote an environmentally and economically sustainable energy
13.26future. The commission shall monitor the state's progress in achieving its goals to develop
13.27renewable sources of electric energy under section 216B.1691, subdivision 2a, and the
13.28progress of energy-related sectors in reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the state's
13.29greenhouse gas emissions-reductions goals established in section 216H.02, subdivision 1.
13.30The commission may review proposed energy legislation and may recommend legislation.
13.31The commission shall when feasible solicit and consider public testimony regarding the
13.32economic, environmental, and social implications of state energy plans and policies.
13.33Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary the commission's evaluations and reviews
13.34under this subdivision shall include new and existing technologies for nuclear power.
13.35 (d) (b) The commission may study, analyze, hold hearings, and make legislative
13.36recommendations regarding the following issues:
14.1 (1) the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity;
14.2 (2) the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;
14.3 (3) the conservation of energy;
14.4 (4) alternative energy sources available to replace dwindling fossil fuel and other
14.5nonrenewable fuel sources;
14.6 (5) the development of renewable energy supplies;
14.7 (6) the economic development potential associated with issues described in clauses
14.8(1) to (5); and
14.9 (7) other energy-related subjects the commission finds significant.
14.10 Subd. 3a. Nuclear report.
The public utility that owns the Prairie Island and
Monticello nuclear generation facilities shall update the reports required under section
14.12116C.772, subdivisions 3 to 5
, and shall submit those updates periodically to the Public
Utilities Commission with the utility's resource plan filing under section
task force commission
Subd. 4a. Report and recommendations. By January 15, 2005, and every two
14.16 years thereafter, the task force shall submit a report to the chairs of the committees in
14.17 the house of representatives and the senate that have responsibility for energy and for
14.18 environmental and natural resources issues that contains an overview of information
14.19 gathered and analyses that have been prepared, and specific recommendations, if any, for
14.20 legislative action that will ensure development and implementation of electric energy
14.21 policy that will provide the state with adequate, renewable, and economic electric power
14.22 for the long term. The report shall also identify issues that must be addressed to provide
14.23 Minnesotans with adequate electricity from in-state renewable energy sources for the
14.24 long term and export to adjacent states.
14.25 Subd. 6. Assessment; appropriation. On request by the cochairs of the
14.26 Legislative Task Force and after approval of the Legislative Coordinating Commission,
14.27 the commissioner of commerce shall assess from all public utilities, generation and
14.28 transmission cooperative electric associations, and municipal power agencies providing
14.29 electric or natural gas services in Minnesota, in addition to assessments made under
216B.62 , the amount requested for the operation of the task force not to exceed
14.31 $250,000 in a fiscal year. The amount assessed under this section is appropriated to the
14.32 director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission for those purposes, and is available
14.33 until expended. The department shall apportion those costs among all energy utilities in
14.34 proportion to their respective gross operating revenues from the sale of gas or electric
14.35 service within the state during the last calendar year. For the purposes of administrative
15.1 efficiency, the department shall assess energy utilities and issue bills in accordance with
15.2 the billing and assessment procedures provided in section
216B.62 , to the extent that these
15.3 procedures do not conflict with this subdivision.
15.4 Subd. 7. Guidelines; preferred electric generation sources; definitions. (a) The
15.5 Legislative Task Force on Electric Energy shall undertake its responsibilities in light of
15.6 the guidelines specified in this subdivision.
15.7 (b) The highest priority in electric energy production and consumption is
15.8 conservation of electric energy and management of demand by all segments of the
15.10 (c) The following energy sources for generating electric power distributed in the
15.11 state, listed in their descending order of preference, based on minimizing long-term
15.12 negative environmental, social, and economic burdens imposed by the specific energy
15.13 sources, are:
15.14 (1) wind and solar;
15.15 (2) biomass and low-head or refurbished hydropower;
15.16 (3) decomposition gases produced by solid waste management facilities, natural
15.17 gas-fired cogeneration, and waste materials or byproducts combined with natural gas;
15.18 (4) natural gas, hydropower that is not low-head or refurbished hydropower, and
15.19 solid waste as a direct fuel or refuse-derived fuel; and
15.20 (5) coal and nuclear power.
15.21 (d) For the purposes of paragraph (c) within each clause, the more efficient an energy
15.22 source is in generating electricity or the more efficient a technology is that utilizes an
15.23 energy source, the more preferred it is for use in generating electricity for distribution and
15.24 consumption in the state.
15.25 (e) For the purposes of paragraph (c), clauses (3) and (4), the use of waste materials
15.26 and byproducts for generating electric power must be limited to those waste materials
15.27 and byproducts that are necessarily generated or produced by efficient processes and
15.28 systems. Preventing and minimizing waste and byproducts are preferred in every situation
15.29 to relying on the continued generation or production of waste materials and byproducts.
15.30 (f) For the purposes of this section, "preferred" or "renewable" energy sources are
15.31 those described in paragraph (c), clauses (1) to (3), and "subordinate" or "traditional"
15.32 energy sources are those described in paragraph (c), clauses (4) and (5).
15.33 (g) For the purposes of this section:
15.34 (1) "biomass" means herbaceous crops, trees, agricultural waste, and aquatic plant
15.35 matter, excluding mixed municipal solid waste, as defined in section
115A.03 , used to
15.36 generate electricity; and
16.1 (2) "low-head hydropower" means a hydropower facility that has a head of less
16.2 than 66 feet.
Subd. 8. Subpoena power.
task force commission
may issue a subpoena under
to any person for production of information held by that person that is
relevant to the work of the
task force commission
Subd. 8a. Manitoba Hydro information. (a) By January 1, 2008, and each year
16.7 thereafter, the task force shall request the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board to provide
16.8 the following information for each community that is a signatory to the Northern Flood
16.9 Agreement, including South Indian Lake:
16.10 (1) median household income and number of residents employed full time and
16.11 part time;
16.12 (2) the number of outstanding claims filed against Manitoba Hydro by individuals
16.13 and communities and the number of claims settled by Manitoba Hydro; and
16.14 (3) the amount of shoreline damaged by flooding and erosion and the amount of
16.15 shoreline restored and cleaned.
16.16 (b) Nothing in this section shall be construed as a directive to the government of
16.17 Canada or the province of Manitoba.
16.18 (c) For the purposes of this subdivision, "Northern Flood Agreement" means the
16.19 agreement entered into by the Northern Flood Committee, Incorporated, the Manitoba
16.20 Hydro-Electric Board, the province of Manitoba, and the government of Canada on
16.21 December 16, 1977.
16.22 Subd. 9. Expiration. This section is repealed June 30, 2010.
16.23 Subd. 10. Data from state agencies. A state agency shall reply promptly to a
16.24request for data from the commission, subject to the requirements of chapter 13 and
16.26 Subd. 11. Assessment; appropriation. (a) Upon request by the cochairs of the
16.27commission, the commissioner of commerce shall assess the amount requested for the
16.28operation of the commission, not to exceed $250,000 in a fiscal year, from the following
16.30 (1) all public utilities, municipal utilities, electric cooperative associations,
16.31generation and transmission cooperative electric associations, and municipal power
16.32agencies providing electric or natural gas services in Minnesota; and
16.33 (2) all bulk terminals located in this state from which petroleum products and liquid
16.34petroleum gas are dispensed for sale in this state.
17.1 (b) The commissioner of commerce shall apportion the assessment amount requested
17.2among the entities in paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (2), in proportion to their respective
17.3gross operating revenues from energy sold within the state during the most recent calendar
17.4year, while ensuring that wholesale and retail sales are not double counted.
17.5 (c) The entities in paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (2), must provide information to the
17.6commissioner of commerce to allow for calculation of the assessment.
17.7 (d) The assessments under this subdivision are in addition to assessments made
17.8under section 216B.62. The amount assessed under this section is appropriated to the
17.9director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission for the purposes of this section, and
17.10is available until expended. Utilities selling gas and electric service at retail must be
17.11assessed and billed in accordance with the procedures provided in section 216B.62, to the
17.12extent that these procedures do not conflict with this subdivision.
17.13EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective January 3, 2009.
Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216E.03, is amended by adding a subdivision
17.16 Subd. 3a. Project notice. At least 90 days before filing an application with the
17.17commission, the applicant shall provide notice to each local unit of government within
17.18which a route may be proposed. The notice must describe the proposed project and the
17.19opportunity for a preapplication consultation meeting with local units of government as
17.20provided in subdivision 3b.
17.21EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective September 1, 2008.
Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216E.03, is amended by adding a subdivision
17.24 Subd. 3b. Preapplication consultation meetings. Within 30 days of receiving a
17.25project notice, local units of government may request the applicant to hold a consultation
17.26meeting with local units of government. Upon receiving notice from a local unit of
17.27government requesting a preapplication consultation meeting, the applicant shall arrange
17.28the meeting at a location chosen by the local units of government. A single public meeting
17.29for which each local government unit requesting a meeting is given notice satisfies the
17.30meeting requirement of this subdivision.
17.31EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216E.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Notice of Application notice.
Within 15 days after submission of an
application to the commission, the applicant shall publish notice of the application in
a legal newspaper of general circulation in each county in which the site or route is
proposed and send a copy of the application by certified mail to any regional development
commission, county, incorporated municipality, and
in which any part
of the site or route is proposed. Within the same 15 days, the applicant shall also send
a notice of the submission of the application and description of the proposed project to
each owner whose property is on or adjacent to any of the proposed sites for the power
plant or along any of the proposed routes for the transmission line. The notice
identify a location where a copy of the application can be reviewed. For the purpose
of giving mailed notice under this subdivision, owners
shall be are
those shown on the
records of the county auditor or, in any county where tax statements are mailed by the
county treasurer, on the records of the county treasurer; but other appropriate records may
be used for this purpose. The failure to give mailed notice to a property owner, or defects
in the notice,
not invalidate the proceedings, provided a bona fide attempt to
comply with this subdivision has been made. Within the same 15 days, the applicant shall
also send the same notice of the submission of the application and description of the
proposed project to those persons who have requested to be placed on a list maintained by
the commission for receiving notice of proposed large electric generating power plants
and high voltage transmission lines.
18.21EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 18. [216F.012] SIZE ELECTION.
18.23 (a) A wind energy conversion system of less than 25 megawatts of nameplate
18.24capacity as determined under section 216F.011 is a small wind energy conversion system
18.25if, by July 1, 2009, the owner so elects in writing and submits a completed application for
18.26zoning approval and the written election to the county or counties in which the project is
18.27proposed to be located. The owner must notify the Public Utilities Commission of the
18.28election at the time the owner submits the election to the county.
18.29 (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a wind energy conversion system with a
18.30nameplate capacity exceeding five megawatts that is proposed to be located wholly or
18.31partially within a wind access buffer adjacent to state lands that are part of the outdoor
18.32recreation system, as enumerated in section 86A.05, is a large wind energy conversion
18.33system. The Department of Natural Resources shall negotiate in good faith with a system
18.34owner regarding siting and may support the system owner in seeking a variance from the
18.35system setback requirements if it determines that a variance is in the public interest.
19.1 (c) The public utilities commission shall issue an annual report to the chairs and
19.2ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees with
19.3primary jurisdiction over energy policy and natural resource policy regarding any
19.4variances applied for and not granted for systems subject to paragraph (b).
19.5EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 19. [216F.09] WECS AGGREGATION PROGRAM.
19.7 Subdivision 1. Program established. The entity selected to provide rural wind
19.8development assistance under Laws 2007, chapter 57, article 2, section 3, subdivision 6,
19.9shall also establish a wind energy conversion system (WECS) aggregation program. The
19.10purpose of the program is to create a clearinghouse to coordinate and arrange umbrella
19.11sales arrangements for groups of individuals, farmstead property owners, farmers'
19.12cooperative associations, community-based energy project developers, school districts,
19.13and other political subdivisions to aggregate small-volume purchases, as a group, in order
19.14to place large orders for wind energy conversion systems with WECS manufacturers.
19.15 Subd. 2. Responsibilities. The entity shall:
19.16 (1) provide application procedures for participation in the program;
19.17 (2) set minimum standards for wind energy conversion systems to be considered for
19.18purchase through the program, which may include price, quality and installation standards,
19.19timely delivery schedules and arrangements, performance and reliability ratings, and any
19.20other factors considered necessary or desirable for participants;
19.21 (3) set eligibility considerations and requirements for purchasers, including
19.22availability to the applicant of land authorized for installation and use of WECS,
19.23likelihood of a permit being approved by the commission or a county under this chapter,
19.24documentation of adequate financing, and other necessary or usual financial or business
19.25practices or requirements;
19.26 (4) provide a minimal framework for soliciting or contacting manufacturers on
19.27behalf of participants; and
19.28 (5) coordinate purchase agreements between the manufacturer and participants.
19.29 Subd. 3. Report. By February 1 of 2009, and each year thereafter, the commissioner
19.30of commerce shall submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
19.31senate and house of representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over energy
19.32policy on the activities and results of the program, including the number of participants
19.33and the number of purchases made.
20.1 Subd. 4. Assessment; appropriation. Annual costs of the program, up to $100,000,
20.2must be assessed under section 216C.052, subdivision 2, paragraph (c), clause (1). The
20.3assessment is appropriated to the commissioner of commerce to be used by the director
20.4of the Office of Energy Security for a grant to the entity to carry out the purposes of
20.6EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 20. [216H.07] GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION REDUCTION
20.8ATTAINMENT; POLICY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.
20.9 Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For the purpose of this section, the terms defined in
20.10this subdivision have the meanings given them.
20.11 (b) "Reductions" means the greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals specified in
20.12section 216H.02, subdivision 1.
20.13 Subd. 2. Purpose. This section is intended to create a nonexclusive, regular,
20.14mandated process for the state to develop policies to attain the greenhouse gas reduction
20.15goals specified in section 216H.02.
20.16 Subd. 3. Biennial reduction progress report. By January 15 of each odd-numbered
20.17year, the commissioners of commerce and the Pollution Control Agency shall jointly
20.18report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
20.19primary policy jurisdiction over energy and environmental issues the most recent and best
20.20available evidence identifying the level of reductions already achieved and the level
20.21necessary to achieve the reductions timetable in section 216H.02. The report must be
20.22in easily understood nontechnical terms.
20.23 Subd. 4. Annual legislative proposal. The commissioners of commerce and the
20.24Pollution Control Agency shall annually by January 15 provide to the chairs of the
20.25legislative committees with primary policy jurisdiction over energy and environmental
20.26issues proposed legislation the commissioners determine appropriate to achieve the
20.27reductions. The legislation must be based on the principles in subdivision 5. If the
20.28commissioners determine no legislation is appropriate, they shall report that determination
20.29to the chairs along with an explanation of the determination.
20.30 Subd. 5. Reduction principles. Legislation proposed under subdivision 4 must be
20.31based on the following principles:
20.32 (1) the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals specified in section 216H.02,
20.33subdivision 1, must be attained;
21.1 (2) the reductions must be attained on a schedule that keeps pace with the reduction
21.2timetable required by section 216H.02, subdivision 1;
21.3 (3) conservation, including ceasing some activities, doing some activities less, and
21.4doing some activities more energy efficiently, is the first choice for reduction;
21.5 (4) public education is a key component;
21.6 (5) all levels of government should lead by example;
21.7 (6) strategies that may lead to economic dislocation should be phased in and should
21.8be coupled with strategies that address the dislocation; and
21.9 (7) there must be coordination with other federal and regional greenhouse gas
21.10emission reduction requirements so that the state benefits and is not penalized from its
Sec. 21. [216H.10] DEFINITIONS.
21.13 Subdivision 1. Applicability. For purposes of sections 216H.10 to 216H.15, the
21.14following terms have the meanings given.
21.15 Subd. 2. Agency. "Agency" means the Pollution Control Agency.
21.16 Subd. 3. Carbon dioxide equivalent. "Carbon dioxide equivalent" means the
21.17quantity of carbon dioxide that has the same global warming potential as a given amount
21.18of another greenhouse gas.
21.19 Subd. 4. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Pollution
21.21 Subd. 5. Global warming. "Global warming" means the observed and predicted
21.22increase in the temperature of the atmosphere near the earth's surface and the oceans.
21.23 Subd. 6. Global warming potential or GWP. "Global warming potential" or
21.24"GWP" means a quantitative measure of the potential of an emission of a greenhouse
21.25gas to contribute to global warming over a 100-year period expressed in terms of the
21.26equivalent emission of carbon dioxide needed to produce the same 100-year warming
21.27effect, as reported in Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007, Intergovernmental
21.28Panel on Climate Change.
21.29 Subd. 7. High-GWP greenhouse gas. "High-GWP greenhouse gas" means
21.30hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride.
21.31 Subd. 8. Mobile air conditioner. "Mobile air conditioner" means mechanical
21.32vapor compression refrigeration equipment used to cool the passenger compartment of a
22.1 Subd. 9. Motor vehicle. "Motor vehicle" has the meaning given in section 168.011,
22.3 Subd. 10. New motor vehicle. "New motor vehicle" has the meaning given in
22.4section 80E.03, subdivision 7.
22.5 Subd. 11. Refrigerant. "Refrigerant" means a substance used, sold for use, or
22.6designed and intended for use in a mobile air conditioner to transfer heat out of the space
22.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 22. [216H.11] HIGH-GWP GREENHOUSE GAS REPORTING.
22.10 Subdivision 1. Gas manufacturers. Beginning October 1, 2008, and each year
22.11thereafter, a manufacturer of a high-GWP greenhouse gas must report to the agency the
22.12total amount of each high-GWP greenhouse gas sold to a purchaser in this state during
22.13the previous year.
22.14 Subd. 2. Purchases. Beginning October 1, 2008, and each year thereafter, a
22.15person in this state who purchases 500 metric tons or more carbon dioxide equivalent
22.16of a high-GWP greenhouse gas must report to the agency, on a form prescribed by the
22.17commissioner, the total amount of each high-GWP greenhouse gas purchased during the
22.18previous year and the purpose for which the gas was used.
22.19 Subd. 3. Acceptance of federal filing. With the approval of the commissioner, this
22.20section may be satisfied by filing with the commissioner a copy of a greenhouse gas
22.21emissions report filed with a federal agency.
22.22EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 23. [216H.12] MOBILE AIR CONDITIONER LEAKAGE RATES;
22.25 Subdivision 1. Leakage disclosure. Beginning January 1, 2009, a manufacturer
22.26selling or offering for sale a new motor vehicle in this state containing a mobile air
22.27conditioner that uses the high-GWP greenhouse gas HFC-134a (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane)
22.28as a refrigerant must, 90 days prior to the initial sale or offer for sale, report to the
22.29commissioner the leakage rate, in grams of refrigerant per year, for the type of mobile
22.30air conditioner contained in that make, model, and model year. The leakage rate must
22.31be calculated using the information provided in the most recently published version of
22.32the SAE International document J2727, "HFC-134a Mobile Air Conditioning System
23.1Emission Chart." The method by which the leakage rate is calculated, accounting for each
23.2component of the air conditioning unit, must also be reported to the commissioner.
23.3 Subd. 2. Posting. Beginning January 1, 2009, the agency and the Office of the
23.4Attorney General must post on their Web sites:
23.5 (1) the leakage rate disclosed by a manufacturer under subdivision 1 for each model
23.6and make of new motor vehicle sold or offered for sale in this state; and
23.7 (2) the following statement: "Vehicle air conditioning systems may leak refrigerants.
23.8Information provided in the chart compares the potential global warming effects of
23.9refrigerant leakage from different makes and models of vehicles."
23.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 24. [216H.15] ENFORCEMENT.
23.12 Sections 216H.10 to 216H.12 may be enforced under section 116.072.
23.13EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 25. Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 500.30, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:
Subd. 2. Like any conveyance.
Any property owner may grant a solar or wind
easement in the same manner and with the same effect as a conveyance of an interest in
real property. The easements shall be created in writing and shall be filed, duly recorded,
and indexed in the office of the recorder of the county in which the easement is granted.
No duly recorded easement shall be unenforceable on account of lack of privity of estate
or privity of contract; such easements shall run with the land or lands benefited and
burdened and shall constitute a perpetual easement, except that an easement may terminate
upon the conditions stated therein or pursuant to the provisions of section
23.24 easement, easement to install wind turbines on real property, option, or lease of wind
23.25 rights shall also terminate after seven years from the date the easement is created or lease
23.26 is entered into, if a wind energy project on the property to which the easement or lease
23.27 applies does not begin commercial operation within the seven-year period.
23.28EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective June 1, 2010.
Sec. 26. REPORT.
23.30 By February 1, 2009, the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency shall
23.31submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house of
23.32representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over environmental policy that
24.1identifies the uses and emissions sources of hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and
24.2sulfur hexafluoride in this state and suggests options for reducing or eliminating those
24.3uses and emissions and the costs of implementing those options. The options for reducing
24.4emissions must include phasing out specific consumer products containing high global
24.5warming potential gases where that is cost-effective.
24.6EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 27. SOLAR RATING AND CERTIFICATION LABORATORY.
24.8 The director of the Office of Energy Security shall convene technical stakeholders
24.9who are expert in the design, manufacture, installation, and operation of solar energy
24.10systems to develop criteria and characteristics for a Minnesota-based solar rating and
24.11certification laboratory. The criteria shall include, but not be limited to, consideration of
24.12durability, cold-weather operations, and indoor air quality. The director shall develop and,
24.13by September 15, 2008, issue a request for proposals for the development of a plan, based
24.14on the criteria and characteristics developed by the stakeholder group, for a solar rating
24.15and certification laboratory in the state, including cost estimates. By January 15, 2009,
24.16the director shall submit a report to the chairs of the house and senate committees with
24.17jurisdiction over energy finance issues, detailing the responses to the request and making
24.18recommendations, including draft legislation.
24.19EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 28. SIZE ELECTION STAKEHOLDER GROUP.
24.21 (a) By July 30, 2008, the commissioner of commerce shall convene a Size Election
24.22Stakeholder Group to evaluate the effect of new Minnesota Statutes, section 216F.012,
24.23on the process for obtaining a site permit for wind energy conversion systems with
24.24a combined nameplate capacity between five and 25 megawatts. The Department of
24.25Commerce shall provide staff and administrative support to the group.
24.26 (b) The stakeholder group must consist of 13 members, as follows:
24.27 (1) two legislators from the house of representatives, one from the majority party
24.28and one from the minority party, appointed by the speaker of the house;
24.29 (2) two legislators from the senate, one from the majority party and one from the
24.30minority party, appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on
24.31Rules and Administration; and
24.32 (3) nine members, jointly appointed by the chairs of the senate and house of
24.33representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over energy policy. Four of the nine
24.34members must have experience developing or owning wind energy conversion systems in
25.1Minnesota with a combined nameplate capacity between five and 25 megawatts; one must
25.2represent the Department of Commerce; one must represent the Department of Natural
25.3Resources; one must represent counties or county associations; one must represent a
25.4nonprofit organization with experience in wind energy conversion system development
25.5issues; and one must represent a wildlife conservation organization. The members shall
25.6select one legislator each from the senate and house of representatives to serve as co-chairs
25.7of the stakeholder group.
25.8 (c) The stakeholder group shall collect and analyze data regarding site permits for
25.9wind energy conversion systems with a combined nameplate capacity between five and 25
25.10megawatts and submit a report based on that analysis, by January 15, 2009, to the chairs
25.11and ranking minority members of the senate and house of representatives committees
25.12with primary jurisdiction over energy policy, including recommendations as to whether
25.13Minnesota Statutes, section 216F.012, should be amended.
25.14 (d) Members of the stakeholder group are eligible for reimbursement of expenses,
25.15which the commissioner of commerce shall pay from the assessment under Minnesota
25.16Statutes, section 216C.052, subdivision 2, paragraph (c), clause (1).
25.17EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 29. STATE VIDEO FRANCHISING STUDY.
25.19 Subdivision 1. Study contents. The Department of Commerce shall contract with
25.20the University of Minnesota for a study of the impact of legislation enacted in at least
25.21three states that requires franchises for video service to be issued by a state agency. The
25.22contractor conducting the study shall, prior to its initiation, consult with associations
25.23representing municipalities and communities of color. The study shall contain, at a
25.24minimum, the following information:
25.25 (1) the number of new video service providers that have applied for a state video
25.27 (2) the number of incumbent video service providers that have elected to terminate
25.28an existing franchise agreement and apply for a state video franchise;
25.29 (3) the amount of capital invested by new video service providers to furnish video
25.31 (4) the number of communities in which new video service providers intend to offer
25.32video services, as reflected in their application;
25.33 (5) the number of communities with an incumbent video provider in which new
25.34providers intend to offer video services;
26.1 (6) the number of communities with no incumbent video service provider in which
26.2new video service providers intend to offer video services;
26.3 (7) the effect on video service prices in communities with an incumbent video
26.4provider in which new video service providers offer video services;
26.5 (8) the effect on franchise fee revenues received by municipalities from video
26.7 (9) the effect on the number of PEG channels available to communities;
26.8 (10) the effect on the amount of revenues received by municipalities to support the
26.9provision of PEG programming in communities;
26.10 (11) the effect on the amount of PEG programming available in communities;
26.11 (12) the progress of new video providers in meeting any build-out requirements
26.12in the law; and
26.13 (13) the effect on municipal services provided to communities by video service
26.15 Subd. 2. Report. The department shall submit the report described in subdivision
26.161 to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house committees with
26.17primary jurisdiction over telecommunications policy by February 1, 2009.
26.18EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 30. BROADBAND MAPPING PROJECT.
26.20 Subdivision 1. Project. The commissioner of commerce shall contract with a
26.21nonprofit organization that has significant experience working with broadband providers to
26.22develop geographical information system maps displaying levels of broadband service by
26.23connection speed and type of technology used and integrating the maps with demographic
26.24information to produce a comprehensive statewide inventory and mapping of existing
26.25broadband service and capability.
26.26 Subd. 2. Mapping. Data must be collected from broadband providers and entered
26.27into a geographic information system to produce maps that, for the state of Minnesota and
26.28any defined geographical entity within it, clearly convey the following information:
26.29 (1) areas unserved by any broadband provider;
26.30 (2) areas served by a single broadband provider;
26.31 (3) the location of towers used to transmit and receive broadband signals;
26.32 (4) actual upstream and downstream transmission speeds at the county level of detail;
26.33 (5) areas served by multiple broadband providers; and
26.34 (6) the types of technology used to provide broadband service.
27.1The data used to produce the maps must be capable of being integrated with demographic
27.2data from other sources including, but not limited to, population density and household
27.3income to allow for the production of maps that measure, down to the census block
27.4level of detail, various characteristics of residents in areas receiving different levels of
27.5broadband services and utilizing different technologies. Data provided by a broadband
27.6provider to the contractor under this subdivision is nonpublic data under Minnesota
27.7Statutes, section 13.02, subdivision 9. Maps produced under this subdivision are public
27.8data under Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03.
27.9 For the purposes of this section, "technology" or "technologies" means different
27.10methods of connecting to the Internet including, but not limited to, cable modem, DSL,
27.11ADSL, VDSL, and fiber optics.
27.12 The initial maps must be provided to the commissioner of commerce by February
27.14EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 31. WIND PROPERTY INTEREST MEDIATION AND REPORT.
27.16 The commissioner of commerce shall, by July 1, 2008, convene a work group of
27.17interested parties to mediate differences concerning the termination of property interests
27.18related to wind energy systems developments. The commissioner must investigate and
27.19determine whether there is a factual basis for concerns that wind energy development
27.20may be hindered if termination of those property interests is not required by law if
27.21development has not occurred over some specified period of time. The commissioner
27.22shall, by January 15, 2009, report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
27.23committees of the legislature with primary jurisdiction over energy issues on the results of
27.24the factual investigation and any legislative recommendations related to termination of
27.25those property interests.
27.26EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 32. APPROPRIATION; DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE.
27.28 (a) $175,000 is appropriated for fiscal year 2009 from the telecommunication access
27.29Minnesota fund account in the special revenue fund to the commissioner of commerce for
27.30the purpose of section 30. This is a onetime appropriation.
27.31 (b) $85,000 is appropriated for fiscal year 2009 from the telecommunication access
27.32Minnesota fund account in the special revenue fund to the commissioner of commerce for
27.33the purpose of section 29. This is a onetime appropriation.
Sec. 33. AUTHORIZATION.
28.2 The director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission may expend money
28.3appropriated for the use of the Legislative Electric Energy Task Force for the purposes of
28.4the Legislative Energy Commission established in Minnesota Statutes, section 3.8851, and
28.5those funds are available until expended and the money is appropriated to the director for
28.7EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective January 3, 2009.
Sec. 34. REVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
28.9 The revisor of statutes shall recodify Minnesota Statutes, section 216C.051, as
Sec. 35. REPEALER.
28.12Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 115C.09, subdivision 3j, is repealed.
28.13EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 16B.328, is amended by
adding a subdivision to read:
28.18 Subd. 3. Standards for state-funded outdoor lighting fixtures. (a) An outdoor
28.19lighting fixture may be installed or replaced using state funds only if:
28.20 (1) the new or replacement outdoor lighting fixture is a cutoff luminaire if the rated
28.21output of the outdoor lighting fixture is greater than 1,800 lumens;
28.22 (2) the minimum illuminance adequate for the intended purpose is used with
28.23consideration given to nationally recognized standards;
28.24 (3) for lighting of a designated highway of the state highway system, the Department
28.25of Transportation determines that the purpose of the outdoor lighting fixture cannot be
28.26achieved by the installation of reflective road markers, lines, warning or informational
28.27signs, or other effective passive methods; and
28.28 (4) full consideration has been given to energy conservation and savings, reducing
28.29glare, minimizing light pollution, and preserving the natural night environment.
28.30 (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply if:
28.31 (1) a federal law, rule, or regulation preempts state law;
28.32 (2) the outdoor lighting fixture is used on a temporary basis because emergency
28.33personnel require additional illumination for emergency procedures;
29.1 (3) the outdoor lighting fixture is used on a temporary basis for nighttime work;
29.2 (4) special events or situations require additional illumination, provided that the
29.3illumination installed shields the outdoor lighting fixtures from direct view and minimizes
29.4upward lighting and light pollution;
29.5 (5) the outdoor lighting fixture is used solely to highlight the aesthetic aspects of
29.6a single object or distinctive building; or
29.7 (6) a compelling safety interest exists that cannot be addressed by another method.
29.8 (c) This subdivision does not apply to the operation and maintenance of lights or
29.9lighting systems purchased or installed, or for which design work is completed, before
29.10August 1, 2008.
29.11 (d) This section does not apply if a state agency or local unit of government
29.12determines that compliance with this section would:
29.13 (1) require an increased use of electricity;
29.14 (2) increase the construction cost of a lighting system more than 15 percent over the
29.15construction cost of a lighting system that does not comply with this section;
29.16 (3) increase the cost of operation and maintenance of the lighting system more than
29.17ten percent over the cost of operating and maintaining the existing lighting system over
29.18the life of the lighting system; or
29.19 (4) result in a negative safety impact.
Delete the title and insert:
relating to utilities; providing standards for state-funded outdoor lighting
fixtures; modifying Petrofund program; providing for replacement of PVC
piping in heating oil systems in residential locations; providing that certain
eminent domain appraisal and negotiation requirements apply to public service
corporations; modifying cost recovery provisions for electric transmission and
renewable energy facilities; providing for solar-generated electricity under a
utility's renewable energy standard; allowing utilities to fund certain solar energy
products under the conservation improvement program; exempting certain wind
and solar projects from the requirement to obtain a certificate of need; modifying
and adding provisions relating to notice to and meetings with local units of
government for siting large electric generating plant or high-voltage transmission
line; allowing size election for certain wind energy conversion systems and
creating Size Election Stakeholder Group; creating a wind project aggregation
program; requiring reports on reducing greenhouse gas emissions; requiring
reporting of emissions or leakage of greenhouse gases with high global warming
potential; providing for wind and solar easements; requiring development of
plan for solar rating and certification laboratory; requiring studies and reports;
appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 115C.04,
subdivision 3; 115C.09, subdivision 3h, by adding a subdivision; 216B.16,
subdivision 7b; 216B.1645, subdivisions 1, 2; 216B.2411, subdivision 2;
216B.2424, subdivision 1; 216B.243, by adding a subdivision; 216C.051, as
amended; 216E.03, subdivision 4, by adding subdivisions; Minnesota Statutes
2007 Supplement, sections 16B.328, by adding a subdivision; 216B.1645,
subdivision 2a; 216B.241, by adding a subdivision; 216B.2411, subdivision 1;
500.30, subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapters 117; 216F; 216H; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 115C.09,
We request the adoption of this report and repassage of the bill.Senate Conferees: (Signed) Yvonne Prettner Solon, John Doll, Julie A. Rosen, Ellen R. Anderson, Dan SparksHouse Conferees: (Signed) Bill Hilty, Sheldon Johnson, Brita Sailer, Kathy Brynaert, Torrey Westrom
|We request the adoption of this report and repassage of the bill.
|Yvonne Prettner Solon
|Julie A. Rosen
||Ellen R. Anderson