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4th Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:14am

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A bill for an act
relating to energy; providing direction for the use of federal stimulus money for
energy programs; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008,
section 16B.322, by adding subdivisions.

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

ARTICLE 1

DEFINITIONS; LEGISLATIVE NOTICE

Section 1. new text beginFEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDING.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of articles 1 to 6, the following terms
have the meanings given them.
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new text begin (a) "Act" means the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law
111-5, unless the reference is to "this act," which refers to articles 1 to 7.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of commerce.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Stimulus funding" or "funding" means funding provided to the state under
the act for:
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new text begin (1) energy efficiency and conservation block grants authorized under subtitle E of
title V of the federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, United States Code,
title 42, section 17151, et seq.;
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new text begin (2) the Weatherization Assistance Program authorized under part A of title IV of the
federal Energy Conservation and Production Act, United States Code, title 42, section
6861, et seq.; and
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new text begin (3) the State Energy Program authorized under part D of title III of the federal
Energy Policy and Conservation Act, United States Code, title 42, section 6321, et seq.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Windows" or "energy-efficient windows" means new or replacement windows
that are Energy Star qualified under federal guidelines or for windows for nonresidential
structures it means windows of reasonably similar energy performance to Energy Star
windows.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Stimulus funding allocation. new text end

new text begin To the extent consistent with the act and
other federal law and regulations, stimulus funding must be allocated and expended as
provided under this act.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Administrative costs. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may spend no more than five
percent of the funds expended on programs under articles 2 to 4 for administrative costs of
the programs.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Contractors; bidding. new text end

new text begin Contracts funded in whole or in part under articles
2 to 4 must, to the extent practicable, ensure that bidding contractors are qualified and
participate in available apprentice and training programs for all work performed. Bidding
for contracts must, to the extent practicable, use the process established in Minnesota
Statutes, section 16C.16, subdivisions 4, 5, 6, and 7, except that subdivision 12 does
not apply.
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Sec. 2. new text beginLEGISLATIVE NOTICE.
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new text begin The commissioner shall notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the
senate and house of representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over energy
policy and finance when releasing a request for proposals or awarding a grant greater than
$25,000 for a grant program authorized under articles 2 to 4.
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ARTICLE 2

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Section 1. new text beginWEATHERIZATION.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Priority. new text end

new text begin Priority must be given to serving the largest number of new
weatherization clients consistent with federal eligibility requirements.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Rental units. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall attempt to increase the number
of low-income rental units weatherized.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Shelters. new text end

new text begin A shelter, as defined in Code of Federal Regulations, title 10,
section 440.3, is eligible to receive weatherization assistance under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Income eligibility. new text end

new text begin Income eligibility limits for participants in the
weatherization assistance program shall be the highest level allowed under federal law.
The commissioner shall in a timely manner take all actions necessary to implement this
requirement.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Solar heat. new text end

new text begin An individual who receives assistance to provide solar
heat through the Renewable Energy Equipment Program is eligible for weatherization
assistance under this section, provided that the individual meets all other eligibility
requirements for receiving weatherization assistance.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Federal waiver. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall apply for a waiver or otherwise
seek authority from the United States Department of Energy to use funds under this section
to weatherize abandoned and foreclosed residential properties acquired and rehabilitated
with funds provided through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Payments authorized. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.15, subdivision 3, the commissioner may make payment to a weatherization service
provider for allowable and eligible costs incurred for planning, capacity expansion,
workforce mobilization, and training activities. Payment may be made for costs incurred
on or after the effective date of an amendment to the weatherization service provider's
contract that obligates the provider to comply with the requirements of the act.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginRESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall coordinate with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
to use stimulus funds in conjunction with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency's
financing programs, including, but not limited to, loans, grants, and rebates, and additional
programs the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency or other entities may develop to finance
energy efficiency improvements in dwellings, including the purchase and installation of
energy efficient windows. Financing programs for which there is market demand must
be prioritized.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginINNOVATIVE ENERGY RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Program. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall make a grant to a city of the first
class located in the service area of Minnesota Power for an innovative residential energy
efficiency program that must coordinate its activities with the state energy program, local
government unit, weatherization program, utility conservation improvement program, and
private nonprofit funding sources. Stimulus funds must be matched $1 for every $4 of
stimulus funds granted under this section and are available to the extent of the match. The
program must include the following elements:
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new text begin (1) provision of basic residential energy conservation measures;
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new text begin (2) provision of more comprehensive residential energy conservation measures,
including extensive retrofits and appliance upgrades;
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new text begin (3) a plan to establish a revolving loan fund so that the program is sustainable over
time; and
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new text begin (4) innovative financing options allowing residents to finance energy efficiency
improvements, at least in part, with energy savings.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By January 15, 2010, and October 30, 2010, the city must submit
a report measuring and assessing the program's effectiveness and energy savings to the
commissioner and the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house of
representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over energy policy and finance.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginSMALL CITY ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANT.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Program. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall make a grant for an innovative
residential energy efficiency program in a small rural city with a population under 4,000
located in the service area of Minnesota Power that is currently working with that utility,
the county housing and redevelopment authority, and other state and local housing
organizations to enhance energy efficiency for residents and businesses. Stimulus funds
must be matched $1 for every $4 of stimulus funds granted under this section and are
available to the extent of the match. The program must include the following elements:
new text end

new text begin (1) provision of basic residential energy conservation measures;
new text end

new text begin (2) provision of more comprehensive residential energy conservation measures,
including extensive retrofits and appliance upgrades;
new text end

new text begin (3) a plan to establish a revolving loan fund so that the program is sustainable over
time; and
new text end

new text begin (4) innovative financing options allowing residents to finance energy efficiency
improvements, at least in part, with energy savings.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By January 15, 2010, and October 30, 2010, the city must submit
a report measuring and assessing the program's effectiveness and energy savings to the
commissioner and the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house of
representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over energy policy and finance.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginOUTREACH ACTIVITIES TO INCREASE RESIDENTIAL
PARTICIPATION IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACTIVITIES.
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new text begin In order to maximize the number of new households participating in programs
delivering residential energy conservation services under this act, the commissioner shall
use stimulus funds to award grants on a competitive basis by September 1, 2009, to one
or more organizations that are experienced in conducting outreach activities to partner
with nonprofit and community organizations. Outreach activities must include, without
limitation, households in low-income areas, small cities, and rural communities, and must
reach all regions of the state. The methods used to contact households may include,
but are not limited to, direct contact with households, advertising in traditional and
nontraditional media, distribution of literature, presence at community events, partnering
with community organizations, and other innovative measures. The commissioner
may contract to coordinate outreach efforts with a community-based organization with
demonstrated regional or statewide capacity, including an organization established under
Minnesota Statutes, section 216C.385.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANTS
TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.
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new text begin The commissioner shall award grants to local units of government to enhance
energy efficiency and reduce energy use. Energy efficiency and conservation block
grant funds may be used for grants for activities including, but not limited to, planning,
consultant services, energy audits, implementing energy-efficient building codes and
inspection services, and energy efficiency renovations, including window replacement,
street lighting, and the installation of renewable energy devices used in public buildings.
Grants may only be made to local units of government not receiving direct federal energy
efficiency and conservation block grant stimulus funding.
new text end

Sec. 7. new text beginLOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOL DISTRICT RENOVATIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall award grants to local governments and school districts to
make energy efficiency improvements in existing local government and school district
facilities. The use of stimulus funds must be coordinated with the local public building
enhanced energy efficiency program under Minnesota Statutes, section 216C.43, or other
available financing programs.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall prioritize lighting upgrades, energy-efficient windows,
energy recommissioning, and other cost-effective energy projects that are ready for
immediate implementation.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner may require a local government or school district, as a
condition of receiving a grant, to commit to implement future activities, including but not
limited to staff training, that are designed to create additional energy or operating savings
to the local government.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner shall coordinate with the Department of Education to
prioritize school district projects for funding under this section, consistent with the
principles of statewide geographic distribution of projects, optimized energy savings, and
an improved learning environment for schoolchildren.
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginSTATE GOVERNMENT BUILDING RENOVATIONS.
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new text begin (a) The commissioner shall use stimulus funds to renovate state government
buildings to enhance energy efficiency. The commissioner and the commissioner of
administration shall select, fund, and implement state government building renovation
projects using federal stimulus money. Priority must be given to lighting upgrades,
window repair and replacement with energy-efficient windows, energy recommissioning,
and other cost-effective energy projects that are ready for immediate implementation.
new text end

new text begin (b) In addition to other uses, funds may be used to advance public building enhanced
energy efficiency program projects under Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.322, and for
grants for a portion of costs incurred by state agencies in implementing energy efficiency
improvements not part of that program.
new text end

new text begin (c) Funds may be used to develop a system and procedures to set energy-reduction
goals for state buildings, to automate utility bill data and analysis, to develop a system for
reporting monthly energy use relative to these state building energy-reduction goals, and
to install individual metering devices for separate buildings.
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new text begin (d) The Department of Administration may require a state agency, as a condition of
receiving stimulus funds under this section, to commit to implement future energy-savings
activities, including but not limited to staff training, that are designed to create additional
energy or operating savings to the state agency.
new text end

new text begin (e) By January 15, 2011, and annually thereafter, the commissioner, in consultation
with the commissioner of administration, must issue a report to the chairs and ranking
minority members of the senate and house of representatives committees having
jurisdiction over energy policy and finance on the activities and energy savings under
this section.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 16B.322, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin Financing agreement. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of administration may, in
connection with a financing agreement, covenant in a master lease-purchase agreement
that the state will abide by the terms and provisions that are customary in net lease or
lease-purchase transactions including, but not limited to, covenants providing that the state:
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new text begin (1) will maintain insurance as required under the terms of the lease agreement;
new text end

new text begin (2) is responsible to the lessor for any public liability or property damage claims or
costs related to the selection, use, or maintenance of the leased equipment, to the extent of
insurance or self-insurance maintained by the lessee, and for costs and expenses incurred
by the lessor as a result of any default by the lessee;
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new text begin (3) authorizes the lessor to exercise the rights of a secured party with respect to the
equipment subject to the lease in the event of default by the lessee and, in addition, for
the present recovery of lease rentals due during the current term of the lease as liquidated
damages.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 16B.322, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 4b. new text end

new text begin Master lease-purchase agreements not debt. new text end

new text begin A tax-exempt
lease-purchase agreement related to a financing agreement does not constitute or create a
general or moral obligation or indebtedness of the state in excess of the money from time
to time appropriated or otherwise available for the payment of rent coming due under the
lease, and the state has no continuing obligation to appropriate money for the payment
of rent or other obligations under the lease. Rent due under a master lease-purchase
agreement during a current lease term for which money has been appropriated is a current
expense of the state.
new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 16B.322, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4c. new text end

new text begin Budget offset. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of finance shall reduce the operating
budgets of state agencies that use the master lease-purchase program under a financial
agreement. The amount of the reduction is the amount sufficient to make the actual
master lease payments.
new text end

Sec. 12. new text beginENERGY TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CENTER.
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new text begin The commissioner shall award a grant to a nonprofit organization with extensive
experience in the delivery of energy-efficient programs and technical analysis to develop
an energy technology transfer center in this state.
new text end

Sec. 13. new text beginNATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY CENTER.
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new text begin (a) The commissioner shall develop a plan for a national energy efficiency center in
this state to test energy efficiency equipment and systems to measure actual energy savings
performance, to provide an ongoing assessment of energy efficiency best practices, and
to coordinate with appropriate public and private entities to disseminate information
and provide training on technology developments and best practices. In developing a
plan, the commissioner shall collaborate with stakeholders, including but not limited
to, the Center for Energy and the Environment, the Minnesota Center for Engineering
and Manufacturing Excellence, and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program at the
University of Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall apply for a grant to create a national energy efficiency
center in Minnesota if the federal Department of Energy or other entity makes funding
available for that purpose.
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ARTICLE 3

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Section 1. new text beginDEFINITIONS.
new text end

new text begin For the purposes of articles 3 and 4:
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new text begin (1) "renewable energy" or "renewable energy system" means an energy technology
that generates electricity or thermal energy from the following sources:
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new text begin (i) solar;
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new text begin (ii) wind;
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new text begin (iii) hydroelectric with a capacity of less than 100 megawatts;
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new text begin (iv) hydrothermal;
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new text begin (v) hydrogen, provided that after January 1, 2010, the hydrogen must be generated
from the resources listed in this item;
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new text begin (vi) biomass, which includes, without limitation, landfill gas; rotating woody crops;
crop residues; an anaerobic digester system; biomass gasification; the predominantly
organic components of wastewater effluent, sludge, or related by-products from publicly
owned treatment works, but not including incineration of (A) wastewater sludge or related
by-products from publicly owned treatment works; (B) mixed municipal solid waste; or
(C) refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal solid waste;
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new text begin (vii) a district energy system fueled primarily by biomass;
new text end

new text begin (2) "solar energy" has the meaning given to "qualifying solar energy project" in
section 216B.2411, subdivision 2, paragraph (d);
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new text begin (3) "solar electric" has the meaning given to "qualifying solar electric project"
in section 216B.2411, subdivision 2, paragraph (f), except that the 100-kilowatt peak
generating capacity limit does not apply; and
new text end

new text begin (4) "solar thermal" has the meaning given to "qualifying solar thermal project" in
section 216B.2411, subdivision 2, paragraph (e).
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginRENEWABLE ELECTRIC GENERATION AND GEOTHERMAL
FACILITY REBATES.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall award rebates to qualifying facilities that generate
electricity from renewable energy or provide heating and cooling from a geothermal
system and that:
new text end

new text begin (1) begin operation after July 1, 2009; and
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new text begin (2) provide electricity or heating and cooling to:
new text end

new text begin (i) a homeowner's primary residence; or
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new text begin (ii) a business with 20 or fewer full-time employees.
new text end

new text begin (b) The owner of a qualifying facility may apply to the commissioner for a rebate
of the lesser of $10,000 for homeowners or $25,000 for businesses or 35 percent of the
cost of the qualifying facility, including installation costs.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner shall award rebates only from funds appropriated for that
purpose and to the extent of those appropriations. Rebates must be made to eligible
applicants in the order of the time of receipt of a complete application.
new text end

new text begin (d) For purposes of this section, "qualifying facility" means an electric generation
facility with a capacity of less than 40 kilowatts that generates electricity from a renewable
energy source or a geothermal system that provides heating and cooling.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginSOLAR REBATE PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall award rebates to homeowners and businesses that install
solar energy projects.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginSOLAR CITIES PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall award grants to local units of government for the installation
of large and small-scale solar electric or thermal projects, including innovative energy
storage technology, in a geographically-concentrated area. The project must leverage
funds from the federal Department of Energy to demonstrate the impacts of these projects
on the electric grid, and the costs and benefits to ratepayers. The commissioner may
develop matching requirements for these solar projects in order to maximize job creation
and renewable energy development.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginSCHOOL DISTRICT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RENEWABLE
ENERGY GRANT PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this section, the terms defined in
this subdivision have the meanings given them.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Local government" means a public school district, home rule charter or statutory
city, county, regional government, park district, port authority, or town.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Program established. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall award grants to units of
local government to finance the purchase and installation of a renewable energy system or
a geothermal heating and cooling system under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Grant proposals. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall publish in the State Register
a request for proposals from local governments for a grant under this section. Within
60 days after the deadline for receipt of proposals, the commissioner shall select grant
proposals based on the following criteria:
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new text begin (1) the reliability and cost-effectiveness of the renewable technology to be installed
under the proposal, including integration of energy storage;
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new text begin (2) the extent to which the proposal effectively integrates with the conservation
and energy efficiency programs of the energy utilities serving the local government or
school district;
new text end

new text begin (3) the extent to which the local government or school district has maximized other
cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation improvements;
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new text begin (4) the total life-cycle energy use and greenhouse gas emissions reductions per
dollar of installed cost;
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new text begin (5) the geographic distribution of grant recipients throughout the state;
new text end

new text begin (6) the percentage of total project cost requested;
new text end

new text begin (7) the extent to which the proposal uses parts manufactured or produced in the
state in the assembly of a final product; and
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new text begin (8) other criteria the commissioner may determine to be necessary and appropriate.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Educational programming. new text end

new text begin A school district must integrate information
about the renewable energy system for which a grant is received under this section in its
educational programming.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Grant terms. new text end

new text begin The maximum grant to a local government under this
section may not exceed:
new text end

new text begin (1) for solar electric projects greater than or equal to 100 kilowatts rated capacity,
the lesser of 40 percent of total project cost or $200,000;
new text end

new text begin (2) for solar electric projects less than 100 kilowatts rated capacity, the lesser of 40
percent of total project cost or $100,000;
new text end

new text begin (3) for wind projects greater than or equal to 40 kilowatts rated capacity, the lesser of
35 percent of total project cost or $150,000;
new text end

new text begin (4) for wind projects less than 40 kilowatts rated capacity, the lesser of 35 percent
of total project cost or $25,000;
new text end

new text begin (5) for geothermal energy projects, the lesser of 35 percent of total project cost or
$100,000;
new text end

new text begin (6) for solar thermal projects, the lesser of 50 percent of total project cost or
$75,000; or
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new text begin (7) for combined heat and power projects and district energy projects, the lesser of
35 percent of total project cost or $200,000.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginEMERGING RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRIES GRANT
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this section, the terms defined in
this subdivision have the meanings given them.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Eligible business" means an organization that is engaged in or will engage in the
manufacture of renewable energy systems, energy storage systems, or geothermal energy
systems for heating and cooling, or components for renewable energy systems, energy
storage systems, or geothermal energy systems for heating and cooling.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Program established. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall use stimulus funds under
this section to award grants to an eligible business.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Grant purpose. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may make grants to eligible businesses
to assist in the development of renewable energy systems, energy storage systems,
geothermal energy systems for heating and cooling, and businesses that manufacture
components for these types of energy systems in this state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Applications. new text end

new text begin An applicant shall prepare and submit to the commissioner a
written proposal detailing how the applicant will meet the purpose of the grant program
and will meet the criteria listed in subdivision 5. An applicant must submit information
that demonstrates the financial viability of the eligible business.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Selection criteria. new text end

new text begin When awarding grants, the commissioner shall consider
whether the applicant's proposal will:
new text end

new text begin (1) help establish Minnesota as a center for the manufacturing of renewable energy,
energy storage, or geothermal system parts and systems;
new text end

new text begin (2) leverage both private funds and other public funds, including federal programs;
new text end

new text begin (3) develop renewable energy, energy storage, or geothermal technology supplier
activity in this state;
new text end

new text begin (4) increase manufacturing that promotes or advances the green economy, as defined
in section 116J.437, subdivision 1; and
new text end

new text begin (5) create jobs that will contribute to the green economy as defined in section
116J.437, subdivision 1, including jobs in rural areas and areas with high unemployment.
new text end

Sec. 7. new text beginCONVERSION OF FORMER SCHOOL TO RENEWABLE ENERGY
BUSINESS CENTER.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall award a grant to the city of Kennedy to convert a former
school building to use wind, solar, and geothermal energy and to house a renewable
energy business center.
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginSOLAR ELECTRIC INSTALLATIONS.
new text end

new text begin A contract, grant, loan, or other financial assistance for solar electric installations
must to the extent practicable:
new text end

new text begin (1) require payment at the prevailing wage rate as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
section 177.42;
new text end

new text begin (2) require that the installation of all listed electrical equipment is performed by
licensed contractors;
new text end

new text begin (3) be awarded to the best value bidder as defined in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
16C; and
new text end

new text begin (4) require that the bid performance criteria must include, but are not limited to:
new text end

new text begin (i) the vendor's or contractor's primary place of business be located within the state;
new text end

new text begin (ii) a description of the vendor's or contractor's experience installing solar systems
and the quality of those installations; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) the possession by the vendor's or contractor's key personnel of an installer's
certification from a nationally recognized solar certification body.
new text end

ARTICLE 4

COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SECTOR ENERGY PROJECTS

Section 1. new text beginGRANTS TO COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall award a grant to a port authority located in the electric
service area of the electric utility with the largest number of commercial and industrial
customers in this state for a program to provide for the design, financing, and installation
of energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems in commercial facilities,
industrial facilities, and facilities owned by a nonprofit organized under section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code. Program financing must include a revolving loan fund
component.
new text end

new text begin (b) Grant recipients may enter into agreements necessary to develop and implement
a program under this section. A grant recipient may use up to two percent of the grant
award for administrative costs of the energy project.
new text end

new text begin (c) A utility participating in projects receiving a grant under this section is entitled
to claim the project's energy savings toward its energy savings goal under Minnesota
Statutes, section 216B.241, subdivision 1c.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginENERGY PROGRAMS IN COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL
BUILDINGS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall award grants to economic development authorities or
to owners of commercial and industrial facilities and facilities owned by a nonprofit
organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for the purpose of:
new text end

new text begin (1) installing energy efficiency improvements;
new text end

new text begin (2) installing devices that use renewable energy sources to generate electricity or to
heat or cool a building; or
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new text begin (3) a geothermal system for heating and cooling.
new text end

new text begin (b) To be eligible to receive a grant, a project funded under this section must begin
operation after July 1, 2009.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner shall provide forms for grant applications.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner shall make a grant to a county economic development
authority for development of a biomass energy facility, which has completed an economic
and technical feasibility study, including a market potential and cellulosic feedstock
analysis. The county in which the facility will be located must include an investor-owned
utility, municipal utility, and cooperative electric association, and it must have adopted an
essential services and transmission services ordinance as of May 15, 2009.
new text end

new text begin (e) Grants may also be made to improve the energy efficiency of facilities to displace
fossil fuel energy inputs with energy derived from renewable resources via anaerobic
digestion, biomass gasification, or other technologies, for combined heat and power or
district energy system projects; or for projects using hydrothermal or geothermal energy in
an integrated system for cooling, heating, and generating electricity. Grants may not be
made under this paragraph for projects involving the combustion of mixed municipal solid
waste or refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal solid waste.
new text end

new text begin (f) The maximum grant award under this section is $500,000.
new text end

new text begin (g) When awarding grants under this section the commissioner shall consider:
new text end

new text begin (1) job retention and creation;
new text end

new text begin (2) improved energy efficiency and increased renewable energy production capacity;
new text end

new text begin (3) coordination with and leveraging of other resources to increase the total benefits
derived from stimulus funding;
new text end

new text begin (4) timely implementation of funded activities;
new text end

new text begin (5) long-term sustainability of benefits derived from stimulus funds;
new text end

new text begin (6) geographic distribution across the state;
new text end

new text begin (7) compliance with the disadvantaged business enterprise requirements in
Minnesota Statutes, section 16C.16, subdivisions 4, 5, 6, and 7, except that subdivision 12
does not apply; and
new text end

new text begin (8) ensuring that projects are cost effective and maximize energy savings per dollar
of stimulus funding expended.
new text end

ARTICLE 5

MISCELLANEOUS

Section 1. new text beginTRAINING AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Training plan and procedures. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner, in
conjunction with the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Office
of Higher Education, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall develop and
implement a plan and procedures to:
new text end

new text begin (1) train energy professionals needed to implement the energy programs described
in articles 2 to 4, including but not limited to energy auditors, energy managers, and
building operators;
new text end

new text begin (2) coordinate, oversee, and monitor the training and certification of energy
professionals;
new text end

new text begin (3) allocate stimulus funding for the purposes of clauses (1) and (2) and to training
providers; and
new text end

new text begin (4) provide energy code compliance and enforcement training necessary to comply
with section 410 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law
111-5.
new text end

new text begin (b) Training strategies must be designed to meet the wide range of facilities
managers and building sizes and types, and must protect the occupational health and
safety of workers employed on these energy projects. Technical skills training must
include insulation, air sealing, and mechanical work. Training may include an on-the-job
component where the trainee travels to job sites with trained crews.
new text end

new text begin (c) The plan must include procedures to:
new text end

new text begin (1) train individuals already employed in implementing energy programs;
new text end

new text begin (2) recruit individuals to be trained to perform work in energy projects using
stimulus funding who are unemployed, especially targeting communities experiencing
disproportionately high rates of unemployment, including, but not limited to, low-income,
youth, rural, or tribal communities and individuals in construction trades and crafts;
new text end

new text begin (3) ensure that the full capacity of current training providers is utilized, including,
but not limited to, opportunities industrialization centers, skilled trades labor unions, tribal
colleges or nonprofits working in tribal communities, community action partnerships,
utility companies, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations with
demonstrated expertise in energy efficiency;
new text end

new text begin (4) publicize job and contract opportunities through cost-effective dissemination via
traditional and nontraditional media outlets, including, but not limited to, public service
announcements and radio advertisements; and
new text end

new text begin (5) disseminate information about contract and employment opportunities generated
by the programs. Particular effort must be made to publicize employment, job training,
home energy auditing, weatherization, outreach, and other opportunities to community
organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and media outlets that target disadvantaged
groups, including, but not limited to, low-income, rural, tribal communities, and
communities of color.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Training access and affordability. new text end

new text begin (a) Unless prohibited by federal law
or rule, and notwithstanding any other training funds available or expended for energy
programs, the commissioner shall ensure access to and affordability of training for
low-income persons who otherwise would be unable to afford the training, by providing
funding to:
new text end

new text begin (1) prepare low-income persons for residential weatherization jobs; and
new text end

new text begin (2) support job training opportunities for low-income persons in residential and
commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy-related trades.
new text end

new text begin (b) Funds expended under this subdivision may not exceed the amount necessary to
train persons for the total number of green jobs created. The Department of Commerce
shall work with the Department of Employment and Economic Development to maximize
receipt of federal stimulus funding available for training and workforce development
through the Workforce Investment Act.
new text end

new text begin (c) Training funds for residential weatherization jobs must be provided to
weatherization service providers to partner with apprenticeship or similar on-the-job
training programs and existing training providers, including, but not limited to, state
colleges, opportunities industrialization centers, skilled trades labor unions, and nonprofit
organizations with historic expertise in energy efficiency.
new text end

new text begin (d) Training funds to support residential and commercial energy efficiency and
renewable energy-related trades must be distributed through a competitive application
process.
new text end

new text begin (e) The expenditure of funds under this subdivision must be consistent with
performance goals, timeframes, and all other requirements under federal and state law
governing the expenditure of federal stimulus money.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY REPORTING.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner, after compiling information supplied by the commissioners of
administration, education, and employment and economic development, and the Office
of Higher Education, shall report on the progress of the programs funded by this act to
the house of representatives and senate committees with jurisdiction over energy finance
and workforce development policy by September 1, 2009, January 15, 2010, April 1,
2010, and September 1, 2010. The report must include a complete accounting of all
federal stimulus money spent on the programs funded to the extent allowable by federal
law, including, but not limited to:
new text end

new text begin (1) the specific projects funded, including the building owner and project manager,
and, for nonresidential projects only, the project location;
new text end

new text begin (2) for weatherization projects, the number of units weatherized, including number
of rental units weatherized, energy usage information, income data, and type, cost, and
funding source of the weatherization measure installed;
new text end

new text begin (3) the number of jobs retained or created by each project, including data on hiring
from communities experiencing disproportionately high rates of unemployment, including,
but not limited to, low-income, rural, tribal communities, and communities of color;
new text end

new text begin (4) the total calculated and actual energy savings for each project;
new text end

new text begin (5) the remaining balances in each stimulus account;
new text end

new text begin (6) the nonstimulus money leveraged by stimulus money for each project;
new text end

new text begin (7) the training courses provided, including the location and provider of courses
offered, the funding source for each training course, and the total number of trainees; and
new text end

new text begin (8) compliance with state prevailing wage, veterans, and disadvantaged business
enterprise requirements.
new text end

new text begin The reports must be made available to the public on the Office of Energy Security
Web site.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginCOMPETITIVE ENERGY ACTIVITIES.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall coordinate state and local government efforts to obtain
competitive grants for energy-related purposes authorized by the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The commissioner shall consult with affected public or
private entities, including utilities, to identify grant opportunities and develop timely grant
applications to take advantage of those opportunities. The commissioner shall assess and
publicize grant opportunities, assist state and local government entities to prepare grant
applications, and provide other assistance the commissioner determines to be appropriate.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall provide timely information on grant opportunities
through the Minnesota Energy Information Center telephone hotline and Web site to
assist the public and local units of government in accessing applications and information
regarding competitive grants under this act.
new text end

ARTICLE 6

APPROPRIATIONS

Section 1. new text beginWEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin Of the funds available to the state of Minnesota from the federal stimulus funding for
the weatherization assistance program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, $131,937,411 is appropriated to the commissioner of
commerce. The funds must be administered consistent with the requirements in article
2, section 1. Of this amount, $250,000 is for participation outreach activities in article
2, section 5; and $1,000,000 is for training and workforce development consistent with
article 5, section 1, subdivision 2.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK PROGRAM
APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin Of the funds available to the state of Minnesota from the federal stimulus funding
for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, $10,644,100 is appropriated
to the commissioner of commerce. The appropriation must be distributed as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) $6,386,460 is for energy efficiency grants to local government in article 2,
section 6; and
new text end

new text begin (2) $4,257,640 is for energy efficiency grants to local government and school district
buildings consistent with the requirements in article 2, section 7.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginSTATE ENERGY PROGRAM APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Appropriation. new text end

new text begin Of the funds available to the state of Minnesota
from the federal stimulus funding for the State Energy Program under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, $54,172,000 is appropriated
to the commissioner of commerce. Of this amount:
new text end

new text begin (1)$8,750,000 is for energy efficiency projects in local government and school
district buildings consistent with the requirements in article 2, section 7;
new text end

new text begin (2) $6,922,000 is for energy efficiency projects in state government buildings
consistent with the requirements of article 2, section 8;
new text end

new text begin (3) $7,900,000 is for residential energy efficiency programs consistent with the
requirements in article 2, section 2. Of this amount, $250,000 is for participation outreach
activities in article 2, section 5;
new text end

new text begin (4) $1,600,000 is for innovative energy residential efficiency programs consistent
with the requirements in article 2, sections 3 and 4. Of this amount, $1,500,000 is for a
program for a large city, and $100,000 is for a program for a small city;
new text end

new text begin (5) $1,000,000 is for training and workforce development consistent with article 5,
section 1, subdivision 2;
new text end

new text begin (6) $1,500,000 is for training and workforce development consistent with article 5,
section 1, subdivision 1;
new text end

new text begin (7) $5,000,000 is for renewable and geothermal rebates consistent with the
requirements of article 3, sections 2 and 3. Of this amount, at least $3,000,000 is for
solar rebates in article 3, section 3;
new text end

new text begin (8) $3,000,000 is for a grant to local units of government for solar energy projects
consistent with the requirements of article 3, section 4;
new text end

new text begin (9) $6,500,000 is for grants to install renewable energy in local government and
school buildings consistent with the requirements of article 3, section 5;
new text end

new text begin (10) $2,000,000 is for emerging renewable energy industries consistent with the
requirements of article 3, section 6;
new text end

new text begin (11) $5,000,000 is for a grant to a port authority for energy efficiency and renewable
energy in commercial and industrial buildings consistent with article 4, section 1;
new text end

new text begin (12) $4,500,000 is for commercial and industrial building energy grants for
renewables and efficiency consistent with the requirements of article 4, section 2. Of this
amount, $150,000 is for a grant under article 4, section 2, paragraph (d); and
new text end

new text begin (13) $500,000 is for the energy technology transfer center in article 2, section 12.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Reallocation process. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner may reallocate funds under
subdivision 1 if the United States Department of Energy does not approve a program for
which funds are allocated or if the commissioner determines that:
new text end

new text begin (1) there is insufficient demand to effectively expend all funds allocated to a program;
new text end

new text begin (2) the funds as allocated are unlikely to result in achievement of the goals of the
funding; or
new text end

new text begin (3) the funds as allocated are unlikely to attain results that exceed the minimum
performance requirements established by the federal Department of Energy.
new text end

new text begin (b) Before reallocating funds, the commissioner shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) provide public notice of intent to reallocate funds;
new text end

new text begin (2) accept public comment on a proposed reallocation for no fewer than 15 business
days; and
new text end

new text begin (3) submit a report on the proposed reallocation to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the senate and house of representatives committees with primary jurisdiction
over energy policy and finance. The report must include the reason for reallocation, a
summary of activities and expenditures to market and stimulate demand for the program
whose funds are to be reallocated, the amount to be reallocated, the program to which
funds will be reallocated, and the public comments submitted.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner may reallocate funds 15 business days after submission of the
report required under paragraph (b), clause (3).
new text end

ARTICLE 7

EFFECTIVE DATE

Section 1. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This act is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end