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                         Laws of Minnesota 1983 

                        CHAPTER 231--S.F.No. 639
           An act relating to energy; data reporting; definition 
          of "earth sheltered"; biennial energy reports; 
          certificate of need fees; amending Minnesota Statutes 
          1982, sections 13.68, subdivision 1; 116J.06, 
          subdivision 2; 116J.18, subdivision 1. 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 13.68, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  Energy and financial data, statistics, and 
information furnished to the department of energy, planning and 
development by a coal supplier or petroleum supplier pursuant to 
section 116J.17 116J.16, either directly or through a federal 
department or agency are classified as nonpublic data as defined 
by section 13.02, subdivision 9. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 116J.06, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  "Earth sheltered" means constructed so that more 
than 50 percent of the exterior surface area of the building, 
excluding garages or other accessory buildings, is covered with 
earth and the building code standards promulgated pursuant to 
section 16.85 are satisfied 50 percent or more of the exterior 
surface is covered or in contact with earth.  Exterior surface 
includes all walls and roof, but excludes garages and other 
accessory buildings.  Earth covering on walls is measured from 
the floor of the structure's lowest level.  Earth covering on 
the roof must be at least 12 inches deep to be included in 
calculations of earth covering.  Partially completed buildings 
shall not be considered earth sheltered.  
     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 116J.18, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  By January 1 July 1 of each even-numbered 
year, the commissioner shall transmit to the governor and the 
legislature a comprehensive report designed to identify emerging 
trends related to energy supply, demand, conservation, public 
health and safety factors, and to specify the level of statewide 
and utility service area energy need.  The report shall include, 
but not be limited to, all of the following: 
    (a) A final report on the accuracy and acceptability of the 
energy forecasts received under section 116J.17 and the 
alternatives to meeting that demand; 
    (b) An estimate of statewide and utility service area 
energy need for the forthcoming 20 year period which, in the 
judgment of the commissioner, will reasonably balance 
requirements of state economic growth and development, 
protection of public health and safety, preservation of 
environmental quality, and conservation of energy resources; 
    (c) The anticipated level of statewide energy demand for 20 
years, which shall serve as the basis for long range action; 
    (d) The identification of potential adverse social, 
economic, or environmental effects caused by a continuation of 
the present energy demand trends; 
    (e) An assessment of the state's energy resources, 
including examination of the availability of commercially 
developable and imported fuels; 
    (f) The estimated reduction in annual energy consumption 
resulting from various energy conservation measures; 
    (g) The cost of energy to residential and rental consumers 
in relation to their socio-economic status; 
    (h) An assessment of the economic and employment 
implications of proposed state energy policies; 
    (i) The status of the department's ongoing studies; 
    (j) Recommendations to the governor and the legislature for 
administrative and legislative actions to accomplish the 
purposes of sections 116J.05 to 116J.30.  
    Sec. 4.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Sections 1 to 3 are effective July 1, 1983. 
    Approved June 1, 1983