A municipal gas agency shall have all of the powers enumerated in this section, in furtherance of the purpose stated in section 453A.01, and in the exercise thereof shall be deemed to be performing an essential governmental function and exercising a part of the sovereign powers of the state of Minnesota. All powers of the municipal gas agency shall be exercised by its board of directors, unless otherwise provided by the agency agreement or bylaws.
It may plan, acquire, construct, reconstruct, operate, maintain, repair, extend, or improve one or more projects within or outside the state or the United States; or acquire any interest in or any right to capacity of a project and may act as agent, or designate one or more of the other persons participating in a project to act as its agent, in connection with the planning, acquisition, construction, reconstruction, operation, maintenance, repair, extension, or improvement of the project.
It may investigate the desirability of and necessity for additional sources and supplies of gas, and make studies, surveys, and estimates as may be necessary to determine the feasibility and cost thereof.
It may cooperate with other persons in the development of sources and supplies of gas.
It may apply to any public agency for consents, authorizations, fundings or approvals required for any project within its powers and take all actions necessary to comply with the conditions thereof.
It may acquire, hold, use, and dispose of income, revenues, funds, and money.
It may acquire, own, hire, use, operate, and dispose of personal property.
It may acquire, own, use, lease as lessor or lessee, operate, and dispose of real property and interests in real property, and make improvements thereon.
It may grant the use by franchise, lease, or otherwise, and make charges for the use of any property or facility owned or controlled by it.
It may borrow money and issue negotiable bonds or notes, secured or unsecured, in accordance with section 453A.05.
Subject to any agreement with bondholders or note holders, it may invest money of the municipal gas agency not required for immediate use, including proceeds from the sale of any bonds or notes, in such obligations, securities, and other investments as the municipal gas agency shall deem prudent, notwithstanding the provisions of any other law relating to the investment of public funds.
It may exercise the power of eminent domain in accordance with section 453A.06.
It may determine the location and character of, and all other matters in connection with, any and all projects it is authorized to acquire, hold, establish, effectuate, operate, or control.
It may contract with any person, within or outside the state, for the undertaking of any project or for the sale or transportation of gas produced or gathered by or stored in any project, or for any interest therein or any right to capacity or use thereof, on such terms and for such period of time as its board of directors determines.
It may purchase, sell, exchange, store or transport gas within and outside the state in such amounts as it shall determine to be necessary and appropriate to make the most effective use of its powers and to meet its responsibilities, and may enter into agreements with any person with respect to that purchase, sale, exchange, storage or transportation, on such terms and for such period of time as its board of directors determines.
It may procure insurance against any losses in connection with its property, operations, or assets in such amounts and from such insurers as it deems desirable.
It may contract for and accept any gifts or grants or loans of funds or property or financial or other aid in any form from any public agency or other person, and may comply, subject to the provisions of sections 453A.01 to 453A.12, with the terms and conditions thereof.
It may mortgage, pledge, and grant a security interest in any or all of its real and personal property to secure the payment of its bonds, notes, or other obligations or contracts.
It shall pay to each taxing authority within whose taxing jurisdiction its property is situated, in lieu of taxes on its property, the amounts of the taxes which would be payable if its property were owned by a private person. For this purpose the property of a municipal gas agency shall be valued in the same manner and by the same procedure as the property of private persons.
It may exercise all other powers not inconsistent with the Constitution of the state of Minnesota or the United States Constitution, which powers may be reasonably necessary or appropriate for or incidental to the effectuation of its authorized purposes or to the exercise of any of the powers enumerated in this section, and generally may exercise in connection with its property and affairs, and in connection with property within its control, any and all powers which might be exercised by a natural person or a private corporation in connection with similar property and affairs.