41A.105 NEXTGEN ENERGY.
Subdivision 1. Purpose.
It is the goal of the state through the Department of Agriculture to
research and develop energy sources to displace fossil fuels with renewable technology.
Subd. 2. NextGen Energy Board.
There is created a NextGen Energy Board consisting of
the commissioners of agriculture, commerce, natural resources, the Pollution Control Agency,
and employment and economic development; the chairs of the house and senate committees with
jurisdiction over energy finance; the chairs of the house and senate committees with jurisdiction
over agriculture finance; one member of the second largest political party in the house, as
appointed by the chairs of the house committees with jurisdiction over agriculture finance and
energy finance; one member of the second largest political party in the senate, as appointed by
the chairs of the senate committees with jurisdiction over agriculture finance and energy finance;
and the executive director of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. In addition, the
governor shall appoint seven members: two representing statewide agriculture organizations;
two representing statewide environment and natural resource conservation organizations; one
representing the University of Minnesota; one representing the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable
Agriculture; and one representing the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
Subd. 3. Duties.
The board shall research and report to the commissioner of agriculture
and to the legislature recommendations as to how the state can invest its resources to most
efficiently achieve energy independence, agricultural and natural resources sustainability, and
rural economic vitality. The board shall:
(1) examine the future of fuels, such as synthetic gases, biobutanol, hydrogen, methanol,
biodiesel, and ethanol within Minnesota;
(2) develop equity grant programs to assist locally owned facilities;
(3) study the proper role of the state in creating financing and investing and providing
(4) evaluate how state and federal programs, including the Farm Bill, can best work together
and leverage resources;
(5) work with other entities and committees to develop a clean energy program; and
(6) report to the legislature before February 1 each year with recommendations as to
appropriations and results of past actions and projects.
Subd. 4. Commissioner's duties.
The commissioner of agriculture shall administer this
Subd. 5. Expiration.
This section expires June 30, 2009.
History: 2007 c 45 art 1 s 47