Minnesota

The Legislature convened on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) continuously monitors bills introduced in the Minnesota State Legislature that could affect MRES and our member utilities in Minnesota. Many legislators now offer their own electronic newsletters that constituents may subscribe to. Simply go to the State of Minnesota website and click on the legislator’s name and follow the directions to subscribe. For state Senators, click here.  For state Representatives, click here.  

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Minnesota Legislative Guide

 

2015 House Bill Introductions

HF 1 (Kresha, Baker):  A bill to revise rule-making of state agencies; increasing the agency burden of proof and legislative oversight. See also Companion Bill SF 584.
Status:  Introduced 1/8/15; referred to Greater Minnesota Economic & Workforce Development Policy committee.  

HF 93 (Quam, Pierson): A bill to establish a revolving loan fund for the dredging  of lakes to support hydro-electric power. See also Companion Bill SF 1166.
Status:   Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance.

HF 95 (Scott, Fabian, Dill):  A bill to remove the cap on hydro-electric under the Renewable Energy Standard; counts WAPA sales in the retail sales calculation. See also companion bill SF 69.
Status:  Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance.

HF 106 (Garofalo):  A bill to expand the Buy the Farm statutes to high speed rail. See also Companion Bill SF 130.
Status:   Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Agriculture Policy.  

HF 208 (Gruenhagen): A bill to prohibit public funds from being spent to oppose/support a ballot measure. See also Companion Bill SF 327.
Status: Introduced 1/15/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. Set for hearing 2/2/15. Heard in committee; laid over.

HF 333 (Newberger, O’Neill):   A bill requiring that the state implementation plan required under the federal Clean Power Plan be subject to legislative approval.  See also Companion bill SF 231.
Status
Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.  

HF 338 (O’Neill, Newberger) A bill allow for a new nuclear generation unit to be constructed at Monticello. See also Companion Bill SF 536.
Status:  Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.     

HF 341 (Swedzinski, Metsa):   A bill exempting natural gas generation units that do not sell power to utilities in state from the Certificate of Need process.  See also Companion Bill SF 237.
Status:  Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 2/25/15.

HF 400 (Swedzinski): A bill to limit who can testify as an expert in stray voltage/dairy cases. See also Companion Bill SF 563.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance. 

HF 408 (Torkelson): Clarifying that wind and solar production taxes are not subject to levy limits. See also Companion Bill SF 413.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance. 

HF 468 (Miller): A bill to allow discharge of a portion of an easement acquired by condemnation if it is not being used. See also Companion Bill SF 116.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. 

HF 492 (Newberger): Modifying the assessments on utilities used by the Legislative Energy Commission; requiring non-utility owners of renewable energy to contribute; requiring an accounting of spending. See also Companion bill SF 726.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. 

HF 508 (Bly): Requring Buy the Farm type providions for pipeline impacts on landowners. See also Companion Bill SF 1059.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 572 (Hackbarth): Utility fees for crossing public lands and waters. See also Companion Bill SF 945.
Status: Introduced 2/5/15. 

HF 639 (Newberger): A bill to limit the state prohibition on new fossil fuel fired generation to only that generation built in Minnesota; eliminates the ban on importation of coal-fired generation. See also companion bill SF 725.  
Status:  Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability. Heard in committee 2/16/15; laid over.

HF 655 (Fabian): A bill to change net metering for coops and munis to allow for avoided cost; also allows customer choice on how bill is credited for surplus power.
Status:  Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability. See also companion bill SF 808.

HF 813 (Loonan):  Exempting Combined Heat and Power facilities from the prohibition of building new carbon-emitting facilities in the state.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 831 (Scott):  Eliminates the restriction on disclosure of data related to a complaint or charge against certain public employees.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Civil Law & Data Practices.

HF 891 (Newberger): A bill to allow local authorities (counties) to have authority over permit applications by large solar systems; it also requires surety bonds for large solar installations. See also Companion Bill SF 1096.
Status: Introduced 2/16/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy.

HF 963 (Hamilton): A bill setting forth requirements before utility may cross rail lines. See also companion bill SF 877.
Status: Introduced 2/16/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy. 

HF 1117 (Bly) Making municipal power agencies subject to data practices and open meeting laws. See also SF 978.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 1133 (Newberger): A bill to revoke the study of and transition to an all-renewable Minnesota energy future.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections. 

HF 1210 (Newberger): A bill relating to the renewable energy standard and rate increases.
Status: Introduced 2/25/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 1261 (Kresha): A bill to change the definition of substantial economic impact for the purposes of agency rule-making.
Status: Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. 

 

2015 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 69 (Benson, Osmek):  A bill to remove the cap on hydro-electric under the Renewable Energy Standard; counts WAPA sales in the retail sales calculation. See also companion bill HF 95.
Status:   Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 86 (Latz): A bill to require inventory of surveillance equipment by political subdivisions. See also Companion bill HF 222.
Status:  Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Judiciary. Amended to apply only to license plate logs. Passed committee as amended; referred to Rules & Administration.

SF 95 (Osmek, B. Petersen):  A bill to repeal the moratorium on nuclear generation construction in the state.
Status:  Introduced 1/14/15; referred to Environment and Energy.

SF 116 (Koenen): A bill requiring the discharge of a non-used portion of an easement taken through eminent domain. See also Companion Bill HF 468.
Status: Introduced 1/15/15; referred to Judiciary. 

SF 130 (Thompson, Benson):  A bill applying “buy the farm” to light rail condemnation/eminent domain.  See also Companion Bill HF 106.
Status:  Introduced 1/15/15; referred to Transportation & Public Safety.

SF 231 (Brown, Osmek):  A bill to require legislative approval on the state implementation plan for the federal Clean Power Plan. See also Companion Bill HF 333.
Status:  Introduced 1/21/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 237 (Rosen, Saxhaug):  A bill exempting certain Natural Gas generation plants from Minnesota Certificate of Need requirements. See also Companion Bill HF 341.
Status:  Introduced 1/21/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 306 (Kiffmeyer, Dahms, Anderson): A bill repealing the prohibition on nuclear plant construction.  
Status:  Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 327 (Newman): A bill to prohibit public funds from being spent to oppose/support a ballot measure. See also Companion Bill HF 208.
Status: Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Rules and Administration. 

SF 413 (Koenen): Application of levy limits to wind and solar generation production taxes. See also Companion Bill HF 408.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Taxes. 

SF 536 (Anderson):  A bill to allow expansion at Monticello nuclear generation plant. See also Companion Bill HF 338.  
Status:  Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 563 (Koenen):  A bill stating expert witness qualification requirements in certain dairy cases. See also Companion Bill HF 400.
Status:
 Introduced 2/5/15; Referred to Judiciary.

SF 584 (Westrom): See also Companion Bill HF 1.
Status: Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Jobs, Ag & Rural Development. 

SF 602 (Benson):  A bill to allow supply side energy management to count towards the state Conservation Improvement Program.
Status:  Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 725 (Brown):  A bill to remove the moratorium on the importation of electricity from new coal-fired plants. See also companion bill HF 639.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 726 (Brown):  A bill modifying the funding of the Legislative Energy Commission. See also companion bill HF 492.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 808 (Koenen): A bill to modify net metering, changing payments by utilities to be based on avoided costs. See also companion bill HF 655.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 877 (Sparks):  Pertaining to fees paid by utilities for right of way crossing of railroads. See also companion bill HF 963.
Status:  Introduced 2/16/15; referred to Transportation & Public Safety.

SF 945 (Skoe): Making municipal power agencies subject to data practices and open meeting laws. See also HF 572.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

SF 984 (Dibble) A bill to fund an energy lab to market accelerator program.
Status: Introduced 2/19/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 1059 (Dahle): Requring Buy the Farm type provisions for pipeline impacts on landowners. See also Companion Bill HF 508.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

SF 1077 (Dahle): Increasing the Renewable Energy Standard to 25% by 2020, 32% by 2025, and 40% by 2030. (Changes Xcel Energy's mandate to 35% by 2025 and 40% by 2040).
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

SF 1096 (Benson): Allowing for local government units to approve of permits for large solar developments. See also Companion Bill HF 891.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

SF 1098 (Dibble): Raising the CIP to 2%, requring an additional CIP-type program for IOUS called energy optimization projects.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

SF 1166 (Senjem): Establishing a revolving loan program to facilitate the dredging of lakes for hydroelectric projects. See also Companion Bill HF 93.
Status: Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Environment and Energy.

SF 1178 (Hoffman, Rosen): A bill allowing energy storage systems to count as CIP; establishing a Made in MN energy storage rebate program.
Status: Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

 

Regulatory

C-BED

MRES cooperates with the effort of the State of Minnesota to develop community-based wind energy projects by communities within the state. This effort is known as Community-Based Energy Development or C-BED. To learn about MRES participation in C-BED, click here.