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    Subdivision 1. Scope. For the purposes of sections 216C.05 to 216C.30, the following
terms shall have the meanings here given them.
    Subd. 2.[Renumbered subd 14]
    Subd. 2a. Building energy report. "Building energy report" means a questionnaire designed
to collect information on a building concerning its energy use and other basic factors that relate
to energy use.
    Subd. 3.[Renumbered subd 15]
    Subd. 4. Coal supplier. "Coal supplier" means any entity engaged in this state in the
wholesale distribution of coal or transportation into this state of any coal intended for use or
distribution in the state or transshipment from the state.
    Subd. 5.[Renumbered subd 18]
    Subd. 6. Construction. "Construction" means significant physical alteration of a site to
install or enlarge a large energy facility, but not including activities incident to preliminary
engineering or environmental studies.
    Subd. 7. Decorative gas lamp. "Decorative gas lamp" means a device installed for the
purpose of producing illumination by burning natural, mixed, or LP gas and utilizing either a
mantle or an open flame, but does not include portable camp lanterns or gas lamps.
    Subd. 8.[Renumbered subd 17]
    Subd. 9.[Renumbered subd 2a]
    Subd. 10.[Repealed, 1997 c 7 art 1 s 91]
    Subd. 11.[Repealed, 1997 c 7 art 1 s 91]
    Subd. 12.[Renumbered subd 19]
    Subd. 13.[Renumbered subd 16]
    Subd. 14. Earth sheltered. "Earth sheltered" means constructed so that 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.
    Subd. 15. Petroleum supplier. "Petroleum supplier" means any petroleum refinery in the
state and any entity engaged in transmission or wholesale distribution of more than 100,000
gallons of crude petroleum or petroleum fuels or oil or derivatives thereof annually in this state.
    Subd. 16. Photovoltaic device. "Photovoltaic device" means a system of components that
generates electricity from incident sunlight by means of the photovoltaic effect, whether or not
the device is able to store the energy produced for later use.
    Subd. 17. Solar energy system. "Solar energy system" means a set of devices whose primary
purpose is to collect solar energy and convert and store it for useful purposes including heating
and cooling buildings or other energy-using processes, or to produce generated power by means
of any combination of collecting, transferring, or converting solar-generated energy.
    Subd. 18. Utility. "Utility" means any entity engaged in this state in the generation,
transmission or distribution of electric energy and any entity engaged in this state in the
transmission or distribution of natural or synthetic natural gas, including, but not limited to, a
private investor-owned utility or a public or municipally owned utility.
    Subd. 19. Wind energy conversion system or WECS. "Wind energy conversion system"
(WECS) means any device, such as a wind charger, windmill, or wind turbine, which converts
wind energy to a form of usable energy.
History: 1974 c 307 s 2; 1975 c 170 s 1; 1976 c 333 s 1,2; 1977 c 381 s 8; Ex1979 c 2 s
10-12; 1981 c 356 s 248; 1982 c 561 s 1; 1982 c 563 s 2; 1983 c 231 s 2; 1987 c 312 art 1
s 10 subd 1; 1992 c 511 art 8 s 1

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