CHAPTER 258--S.F.No. 2996
relating to energy and the environment; extending the definition of
biomass with respect to renewable energy objectives, distributed energy
resources, and renewable energy resource planning; extending the expiration
date for the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee;amending
Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 216B.2411, subdivision 2; 216B.2422,
subdivision 1; 473.1565, subdivision 2; Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement,
section 216B.1691, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 216B.1691, subdivision 1,
is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
(a) Unless otherwise specified in law, "eligible energy
technology" means an energy technology that generates electricity from the following
renewable energy sources: (1) solar; (2) wind; (3) hydroelectric with a capacity of less
than 100 megawatts; (4) hydrogen, provided that after January 1, 2010, the hydrogen must
be generated from the resources listed in this clause; or (5) biomass, which includes,
without limitation, landfill gas
an anaerobic digester system
,; the predominantly organic
components of wastewater effluent, sludge, or related byproducts from publicly owned
treatment works, but not including incineration of wastewater sludge to produce electricity;
and an energy recovery facility used to capture the heat value of mixed municipal solid
waste or refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal solid waste as a primary fuel.
(b) "Electric utility" means a public utility providing electric service, a generation
and transmission cooperative electric association, a municipal power agency, or a power
(c) "Total retail electric sales" means the kilowatt-hours of electricity sold in a year
by an electric utility to retail customers of the electric utility or to a distribution utility for
distribution to the retail customers of the distribution utility.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216B.2411, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
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),
except that the incineration of wastewater sludge is not an
eligible renewable energy source, and
the term "biomass" has the meaning provided
under paragraph (c).
(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;
(5) landfill gas
(6) the predominantly organic components of wastewater effluent, sludge, or related
byproducts from publicly owned treatment works; and
mixed municipal solid waste, and refuse-derived fuel from mixed municipal
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216B.2422, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
(a) For purposes of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision have the meanings given them.
(b) "Utility" means an entity with the capability of generating 100,000 kilowatts or
more of electric power and serving, either directly or indirectly, the needs of 10,000 retail
customers in Minnesota. Utility does not include federal power agencies.
(c) "Renewable energy" means electricity generated through use of any of the
(5) trees or other vegetation;
(6) landfill gas; or
(7) predominantly organic components of wastewater effluent, sludge, or related
byproducts from publicly owned treatment works, but not including incineration of
(d) "Resource plan" means a set of resource options that a utility could use to
meet the service needs of its customers over a forecast period, including an explanation
of the supply and demand circumstances under which, and the extent to which, each
resource option would be used to meet those service needs. These resource options
include using, refurbishing, and constructing utility plant and equipment, buying power
generated by other entities, controlling customer loads, and implementing customer
(e) "Refurbish" means to rebuild or substantially modify an existing electricity
generating resource of 30 megawatts or greater.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 473.1565, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Advisory committee.
(a) A Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory
Committee is established to assist the council in its planning activities in subdivision 1.
The advisory committee has the following membership:
(1) the commissioner of agriculture or the commissioner's designee;
(2) the commissioner of health or the commissioner's designee;
(3) the commissioner of natural resources or the commissioner's designee;
(4) the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency or the commissioner's
(5) two officials of counties that are located in the metropolitan area, appointed by
(6) five officials of noncounty local governmental units that are located in the
metropolitan area, appointed by the governor; and
(7) the chair of the Metropolitan Council or the chair's designee, who is chair of
the advisory committee.
A local government unit in each of the seven counties in the metropolitan area must
be represented in the seven appointments made under clauses (5) and (6).
(b) Members of the advisory committee appointed by the governor serve at the
pleasure of the governor. Members of the advisory committee serve without compensation
but may be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses as determined by the Metropolitan
Council. The advisory committee expires December 31,
(c) The council must consider the work and recommendations of the advisory
committee when the council is preparing its regional development framework.
Sec. 5. APPLICATION.
Section 4 applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey,
Scott, and Washington.
Sec. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.
Sections 1 to 5 are effective the day following final enactment.
Presented to the governor April 30, 2008
Signed by the governor May 1, 2008, 11:07 a.m.