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HF 4715

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/31/2022 03:42pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to energy; expanding the state building energy loan program to include
the installation of solar energy in buildings in state parks; transferring money;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, sections 16B.86; 16B.87.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 16B.86, is amended to read:


16B.86 STATE BUILDING ENERGY deleted text beginCONSERVATIONdeleted text end IMPROVEMENT
REVOLVING LOAN ACCOUNT.

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For purposes of this section and section 16B.87, the
following terms have the meanings given.

(b) "Energy conservation" has the meaning given in section deleted text begin216B.241, subdivision 1,
paragraph (d)
deleted text endnew text begin 216B.2402, subdivision 5new text end.

(c) "Energy conservation improvement" has the meaning given in section deleted text begin216B.241,
subdivision 1, paragraph (e)
deleted text endnew text begin 216B.2402, subdivision 6new text end.

(d) "Energy efficiency" has the meaning given in section deleted text begin216B.241, subdivision 1,
paragraph (f)
deleted text endnew text begin 216B.2402, subdivision 7new text end.

(e) "Project" means the energy conservation improvements financed by a loan made
under this section.

(f) new text begin"Solar energy generating system" has the meaning given in section 216E.01,
subdivision 9a.
new text end

new text begin (g) new text end"State building" means an existing building owned by the state of Minnesota.

new text begin (h) "State park" means a park listed in section 85.012, subdivision 1a.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Account established.

The state building energy deleted text beginconservationdeleted text end improvement
revolving loan account is established as a separate account in the state treasury. The
commissioner shall manage the account and shall credit to the account investment income,
repayments of principal and interest, and any other earnings arising from assets of the
account. Money in the account is appropriated to the commissioner of administration to
make loans to state agencies to implement energy conservation and energy efficiency
improvements in state buildingsnew text begin and to install solar energy generating systems in state parksnew text end
under section 16B.87.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 16B.87, is amended to read:


16B.87 AWARD AND REPAYMENT OF STATE BUILDING ENERGY
IMPROVEMENT deleted text beginCONSERVATIONdeleted text end LOANS.

Subdivision 1.

Committee.

The State Building Energy deleted text beginConservationdeleted text end Improvement Loan
Committee consists of the commissioners of administration, management and budget, and
commerce. The commissioner of administration serves as chair of the committee. The
members serve without compensation or reimbursement for expenses.

Subd. 2.

Award and terms of loans.

(a) An agency shall apply for a loan on a form
developed by the commissioner of administration that requires an applicant to submit the
following information:

(1) a description of the proposed project, including existing equipment, structural
elements, operating characteristics, and other conditions affecting energy use that the energy
conservation improvementsnew text begin or solar energy generating systemnew text end financed by the loan modify
or replace;

(2) the total estimated project cost and the loan amount sought;

(3) a detailed project budget;

(4) projections of the proposed project's expected energy and monetary savings;

(5) information demonstrating the agency's ability to repay the loan;

(6) a description of the energy conservationnew text begin and solar energynew text end programs offered by the
utility providing service to the state building from which the applicant seeks additional
funding for the project; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(7) new text beginif the project is to install a solar energy generating system in a state park, certification
that the nameplate capacity of the solar energy generating system does not exceed 120
percent of the average annual amount of electricity consumed in the previous three calendar
years by the building on or adjacent to the land on which the agency proposes to install the
solar energy generating system; and
new text end

new text begin (8) new text endany additional information requested by the commissioner.

(b) The committee shall review applications for loans and shall award a loan based upon
criteria adopted by the committee. A loan made under this section must:

(1) be at or below the market rate of interest, including a zero interest loan; and

(2) have a term no longer than seven years.

(c) In making awards, the committee shall give preference to:

(1) applicants that have sought funding for the project through energy conservation
deleted text begin projectsdeleted text endnew text begin or solar energy programsnew text end offered by the utility serving the state building that is the
subject of the application; and

(2) to the extent feasible, new text beginwith respect to energy conservation projects, new text endapplications for
state buildings located within the electric retail service area of the utility that is subject to
section 116C.779.

Subd. 3.

Repayment.

An agency receiving a loan under this section shall repay the loan
according to the terms of the loan agreement. The principal and interest must be paid to the
commissioner of administration, who shall deposit it in the state building energy deleted text beginconservationdeleted text end
improvement revolving loan account. Payments of loan principal and interest must begin
no later than one year after the project is completed.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 3. new text beginTRANSFER.
new text end

new text begin (a) $25,000,000 in fiscal year 2023 is transferred from the general fund to the state
building energy improvement revolving loan account under Minnesota Statutes, section
16B.86, to make loans under Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.87, and to pay the reasonable
costs incurred by the Department of Administration to administer the loan program under
Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.87. This is a onetime transfer and is available until expended.
new text end

new text begin (b) Of the amount transferred in paragraph (a):
new text end

new text begin (1) 50 percent must be used only for loans for energy conservation projects in buildings
located in state parks; and
new text end

new text begin (2) 50 percent must be used only for loans to install solar energy generating systems in
buildings located on or adjacent to state parks.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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