Minnesota

The Legislature convened February 25, 2014.

The Legislature adjourned sine die on Friday, May 16, 2014.

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2014 Minnesota Legislative Guide

 

2014 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 455 (Fischbach): Requiring that when there are 2 proposed routes for a HVTL; neither may be designated the preferred route by the MPUC until all alternative routes are vetted. See companion bill HF 655.
Status: Introduced 2/14/13; referred to Environment and Energy. Set for hearing 3/12/13. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Senate floor 3/12/13. Second reading 3/13/13. No further action during 2013 session. Set for hearing 3/13/14. Senate Environment & Energy reports Do Pass as amended; second reading 3/17/14. HF 655 substituted for SF 455 on Senate floor 3/27/14. See HF 655.

SF 1361 (Marty):  Requiring utilities to map the optimal spots on distribution lines for DG interconnection.  See companion HF 1174.
Status:  Introduced 3/13/13; referred to Environment & Energy. No further action during session.

SF 1860 (Rest, Senjem):  Sales tax exemptions for purchases and sales to local government units.  See companion bill HF 2422.
Status:  Introduced 2/25/14; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 3/11/14. Committee laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Tax Bill 3/11/14. Included in Omnibus Supplemental Tax Bill HF 3167, beginning on line 41.21. HF 3167 conference report passed the House (131-0) and the Senate (59-1) 5/16/14. HF3167 approved by Governor 5/20/14.

SF 2049 (Dibble):  CEE’s bill requiring IRP forecasting CHP, requiring IRP assessing GHG costs, requiring on-bill repayment of energy efficiency programs. See also HF 2375.
Status:
  Introduced 2/27/14; referred to Environment and Energy committee. Set for hearing 3/13/14. Removed from agenda 3/13/14; awaiting re-schedule for committee hearing. Set for hearing 3/27/14. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Senate floor 3/27/14. Second reading 3/31/14. Rolled into House Omnibus Energy Bill HF 2834.

SF 2088 (Brown):  All buildings in the state Capitol complex must use renewable energy by 2020.
Status:  Introduced 2/27/14;referred to State and Local Government. Amended on Senate Floor into House Omnibus Energy Bill HF 2834. Removed from HF 2834 in Conference Committee. Bill did not advance during session.

SF 2127 (Brown, Benson):  A bill to repeal the Legislative Energy Commission.  See companion bills HF 2843.
Status:
  Introduced 3/3/14; referred to Environment and Energy. No further action during session.

SF 2168 (Rest, Dibble):  A bill to exempt renewable energy projects and natural gas generation from certificate of need provisions.  See companion bill HF 2666.
Status:
  Introduced 3/3/14; referred to Environment & Energy. Amended to delete references to natural gas by committee. Committee reports Do Pass as amended 3/24/14. Second reading on Senate floor 3/24/14. Rolled into House Omnibus Energy Bill HF 2834.

SF 2405 (Dibble):  To study a Community Choice Aggregation Program to allow municipalities to aggregate electric demand to directly purchase electricity in wholesale markets and develop and own their own electric facilities while utilizing the current distribution system.  See also companion bill HF 2877.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Environment and Energy. No further action during session.

SF 2450 (Dahms):  Exempting ethanol plants from the solar energy mandate calculation.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Environment and Energy. No further action during session.

SF 2467 (Pappas):  A bill to “streamline” state rulemaking by limiting notice, limiting administrative law judge authority and by only allowing a public hearing when 100 persons file an objection to the proposed rule.  See also companion bill HF 2724.
Status:
  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to State & Local Government. Set for hearing 3/19/14. Committee reports Do Pass 3/21/14; referred to Finance. Re-referred to Finance--State Departments and Veterans Division 3/24/14. Set for hearing in Finance committee 5/1/14. See companion bill HF 2724; taken up in place of Senate version. See HF 2724.

SF 2475 (Brown):  A bill to require utilities to have sufficient coal generation as needed for reliability.  See also Companion bill HF 2869.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Environment and Energy. No further action during session.

SF 2482 (Koenen):  A bill exempting solar from property taxes and instead imposing a production tax of $1.20 per MWh.  See also companion bill HF 2911.
Status:
  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 4/7/14. See Omnibus Supplemental Tax Bill HF 3167, starting at line 20.16. HF 3167 conference report passed the House (131-0) and the Senate (59-1) 5/16/14. HF 3167 approved by Governor 5/20/14.

SF 2483 (Hawj): Allowing certain solar projects to take advantage of the local siting process.  See also companion bill HF 2924.
Status:
  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Environment and Energy. Set for hearing 3/20/14. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Finance 3/20/14. Withdrawn from Finance Committee and sent to Senate floor; second reading 4/2/14. Rolled into Omnibus Energy Bill HF 2834.

SF 2501 (Hawj):  Requiring each electric utility to report interconnection data on all DG projects, including installation costs.  See companion bill HF 2844.
Status:
  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Environment and Energy. Set for hearing 3/20/14. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Finance 3/20/14. Rolled into House Omnibus Energy Bill HF 2834.

SF 2515 (Goodwin):  Establishing procedures to provide notice to employees and analysis whenever a municipality chooses to privatize a service.  See also companion bill HF 2459.
Status:
  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to State and Local Government. No further action during session.

SF 2615 (Dibble):    A bill to increase the assessment on utilities for state CIP reporting software.  See also companion bill HF 2967.
Status:
  Introduced 3/12/14; referred to Environment and Energy. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Finance 3/20/14. Referred to Environment, Economic Development & Agriculture Division of Finance 3/26/14. See Omnibus Finance Bill HF 3172.  Passed House (70-59) and Senate (37-27).  Referred to conference committee 4/10/14. HF 3172 conference report passed the House (75-55) and the Senate (37-22) 5/16/14. HF 3172 approved by Governor 5/20/14.

SF 2622 (Carlson):   A bill to require electric vehicle tariffs based on time of use or off peak usage/rates.  See also companion bill HF 2884.
Status:
  Introduced 3/12/14; referred to Environment and Energy. Set for hearing 3/20/14. Amended to delete references to municipals and cooperatives. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Senate floor 3/20/14. Second reading 3/24/14. Rolled into House Omnibus Energy Bill HF 2834.

SF 2653 (Scalze):  A bill to modify the moratorium on new coal importation.  See also companion bill HF 2883.
Status:
  Introduced 3/13/14; referred to Environment & Energy. No further action during session.

SF 2752 (Dibble):  A bill pertaining to disconnections when medically necessary equipment is present. See also companion bill HF 3110.

Status:  Introduced 3/17/14; referred to Environment & Energy. Committee reports Do Pass as amended 3/21/14. referred to Senate floor. Second reading 3/24/14. Rolled into House Omnibus Energy Bill HF 2834.

 

SF 2793 (Tomassoni): A bill to expand projects that qualify for microenergy loans. See also companion bill HF 3205.

Status: Introduced 3/19/14; referred to Environment & Energy. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Rules and Administration 3/31/14. No further action during session.

 

SF 2813 (Thompson):  A bill removing the cap on hydro-electric power counting towards the RES.  See also companion bill HF 2729.
Status:
  Introduced 3/19/14; referred to Environment and Energy. No further action during session.

 

2014 House Bill Introductions

HF183 (Holberg) A bill pertaining to unauthorized access to personal data by public employees. Companion bill SF 211.
Status:  Introduced 1/28/13, referred to Civil Law. Committee report Do Pass as amended 3/21/13. Passed House as amended (132-0) 5/17/13. Sent to Senate floor, no further action in 2013. Taken up by Senate on floor 4/2/14. Passed (66-0) 4/2/14. House does not concur with Senate amendments; conference committee appointed. House adopts Conference Committee report (131-0) 5/15/14. Senate adopts Conference Report (57-0) 5/15/14. Approved by Governor 5/21/14.

HF 655 (Howe): A bill requiring that when there are 2 proposed routes for a HVTL; neither may be designated as preferred by the MPUC until all alternatives are vetted. See also companion bill SF 455.
Status: Introduced 2/18/13; referred to Energy Policy. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; second reading 3/20/13. Referred to Government Operations. Passed committee; referred to House Floor 4/2/13. No further action during 2013 session. Set for hearing before Government Operations committee 2/26/14. Committee recommends Do Pass 2/27/14.  Referred to House floor. Bill Passed House (131-0) 3/24/14.  Sent to Senate, substituted for SF 455 on senate floor; second reading 3/27/14. Passed Senate (59-0) 4/29/14. Approved by Governor 5/9/14.

HF 1174 (Falk):  Requiring utilities to map the optimal spots on distribution lines for DG interconnection.  See companion bill SF 1361.
Status: 
Introduced 3/4/13; referred to Energy Policy.  Set for hearing 3/11/14. Committee passed and referred to Commerce Committee 3/11/14. No further action during session.

HF 1903 (Runbeck):  A bill to prohibit cities from retaining lobbyists.
Status:  Pre-filed 1/13/14; referred to Government Operations. No further action during session.

HF 2103 (Falk):  Requiring coops and municipals to contribute CIP monies to the Made in Minnesota incentive fund; repealing the requirement money that Made in Minnesota grant funds must be given to customers in each service territory based on that service territory’s CIP contribution to the fund (e.g. repeal of the language requiring local funds be spent locally). 
Status:  Pre-filed 1/13/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

HF 2104 (Falk):  A bill to allow municipals and cooperative to voluntarily give CIP money to the Made in Minnesota solar incentive fund.  Bill fails to give municipals and cooperatives savings credit equivalent to the contribution.
Status:  Pre-filed 1/13/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

HF 2375 (Hortman):  See also SF 2049.  CEE's bill requiring IRP forecasting CHP, requiring IRP assessing GHG costs, requiring on-bill repayment of energy efficiency programs.
Status:  Introduced 2/27/14; referred to House Energy Policy. Hearing set for 3/11/14. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended 3/11/14. Second reading 3/13/14. Placed into Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2834.

HF 2459 (Hornstein):  Establishing procedures to provide notice to employees and analysis whenever a municipality chooses to privatize a service.  See also companion bill SF 2515.
Status:
  Introduced 2/27/14; referred to Government Operations. Set for hearing 3/21/14.  Removed from committee agenda 3/20/14. No further action during session.

HF 2468 (Erickson):  See also SF 1909.  Providing for personal property tax exemption for personal property of an electric generation facility.
Status:  Introduced 2/27/14; referred to Taxes. See Omnibus Supplemental Tax Bill HF 3167.

HF 2666 (Garofalo):  A bill to exempt renewable energy projects and natural gas generation from certificate of need provisions.    See companion SF 2168.
Status:
  Introduced 3/3/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/18/14. Committee recommends Do Pass 3/18/14; referred to House floor. Placed into Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2834.

HF 2724 (Nelson):  A bill to “streamline” state rulemaking by limiting notice, limiting administrative law judge authority and by only allowing a public hearing when 100 persons file an objection to the proposed rule.  See also companion bill SF 2467.
Status:
  Introduced 3/6/14; referred to Government Operations. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended 3/26/14; referred to Finance. Committee reports Do Pass as amended 3/28/14; referred to House floor.  Second reading 4/1/14. Placed on House calendar for debate 5/1/14. Passed House (73-55) 5/1/14; referred to Senate Rules & Administration. Second reading in Senate 5/5/14. Amended and laide on the table during debate on Senate floor 5/13/14. No further action during session.

HF 2729
(Garofalo):  Repeal the cap on hydroelectric power counting towards  the RES. See also companion bill SF 2813.
Status:
  Introduced 3/6/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

HF 2834 (Hortman):   Originally a bill to repeal antiquated statutes/references, it became the House Omnibus Energy Bill.
Status:  Introduced 3/6/14; referred to Energy Policy.  Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Commerce & Consumer Protection Finance & Policy 3/19/14.  Amended to become House Omnibus Energy Bill in Commerce committee; committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Energy Policy 3/26/14. Committee report Do Pass as amended 3/31/14; second reading on House floor 3/31/14. Passed the House (85-45) 4/22/14. Second reading on Senate floor 4/24/14. Passed Senate (48-13) 5/2/14. House does not concur with Senate amendments; referred to conference committee. Conference Committee report 5/9/14; adopted by House (82-40) 5/9/14. Conference report adopted by Senate (46-12) 5/12/14. Approved by Governor 5/16/14.

HF 2836 (Garofalo):  Excluding certain business customers from paying costs attributed to the State’s solar standard.
Status:  Introduced 3/6/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

HF 2837 (Garofalo):  Modifying the Made in Minnesota fund by taking the money from the General Fund, rather than from the Energy Development Fund (which is funded by Xcel ratepayers).
Status:  Introduced 3/6/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

HF 2843 (S. Erickson):  Abolishing the Legislative Energy Commission.  See Companion bill SF 2127. 
Status:
  Introduced 3/6/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

HF 2844 (Morgan):  Requiring each electric utility to require applicants for interconnection of DG renewable power to provide the installed capacity of the facility, the installed cost, the technology and the zip code.  This information must be included in the DG interconnection report that utilities currently file yearly. See also companion SF 2501.
Status:  Introduced 3/6/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/25/14. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended 3/26/14; referred to Commerce & Consumer Protection Finance & Policy.  Placed into Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2834.

HF 2869 (Newberger):  Requiring utilities to have sufficient coal resources to assure reliability.  See also companion bill SF 2475.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/17/14. Failed in committee 3/17/14. No further action during session.

HF 2877 (Falk): To study a Community Choice Aggregation Program to allow municipalities to aggregate electric demand to directly purchase electricity in wholesale markets and develop and own their own electric facilities while utilizing the current distribution system.  See also companion bill SF 2405.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/17/14. Heard in committee; no vote taken. No further action during session.

HF 2883 (Hortman):  A bill modifying the coal importation moratorium. See also companion bill SF 2653.
Status:
  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/18/14. Hearing for 3/18/14 cancelled on this bill. Set for informational hearing 4/28/14. No further action during session.

HF 2884 (Garofalo):  A bill requiring all utilities implement a tariff for electric vehicles that is either time of use rates or off-peak rates.  Requires reporting of the kWh used by electric vehicles; requires IOUs to use renewable power to fuel electric vehicles. See also companion bill SF 2622.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/18/14. Committee passed 3/18/14; referred to House floor. Re-referred from House floor to Commerce & Consumer Protection Finance & Policy 3/21/14.  Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Ways & Means 3/28/14.  Placed into Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2834

HF 2911 (Davnie):  A bill exempting solar facilities from property taxes, instead implementing a production tax.  See also companion bill SF 2482.
Status:
  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/17/14. Committee passed 3/17/14; referred to Taxes. See Omnibus Supplemental Tax Bill HF 3167. HF 3167 conference report passed the House (131-0) and the Senate (59-1) 5/16/14. HF 3167 approved by Governor 5/20/14.

HF 2918 (Morgan):  Prohibiting homeowner associations from restricting solar. See also companion bill SF 2555.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/17/14. Committee passed 3/17/14; referred to House floor. Placed into Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2834.

HF 2924 (Garofalo):  Allowing certain solar projects to take advantage of the local siting process.  See also companion bill SF 2483.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/14; referred to Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/18/14. Committee passed 3/18/14; referred to House floor. Placed into Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2834.

HF 2967 (Garofalo):  A bill to increase the assessment on utilities for state CIP reporting software.  See also companion bill SF 2615.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/14; referred Energy Policy. Set for hearing 3/24/14. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Finance 3/24/14. Re-referred to Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance & Policy 3/26/14. See Omnibus Finance Bill HF 3172.  Passed House (70-59) and Senate (37-27).  Referred to conference committee 4/10/14. HF 31l72 conference report passed the House (75-55) and the Senate (37-22) 5/16/14. HF 3172 approved by Governor 5/20/14.

HF 2992 (Falk, Hornstein):  A bill requiring each utility to have a rebate program for thermostats AND the program must have MPUC approval.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/14; referred Energy Policy. No further action during session.

 

HF 3026 (Fabian):  A bill stating that a Qualifying Facility outside of the 7 county metro area, interconnected to a municipal or coop, may only receive avoided cost.
Status:  Introduced 3/13/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

 

HF 3094 (Franson):  A bill to nullify US EPA regulations. 
Status:  Introduced 3/17/14; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Policy. No further action during session.

 

HF 3205 (Metsa):  A bill to modify the microenergy loan program to include community energy projects.  See also companion bill SF 2793.
Status:  Introduced 3/19/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

 

HF 3253 (Beard):  Modifying requirements on attorney fees and appraisals on eminent domain.  See also companion bill SF 2873.
Status
:  Introduced 3/21/14; referred to Civil Law. No further action during session.

 

HF 3278 (Erhardt):  A bill modifying the energy forward pricing mechanism for government agencies, including electricity.
Status:  Introduced 3/24/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

 

HF 3365 (Beard): Requiring the MPUC to restructure the regulation of the IOUs to match the structure of Connecticut.
Status:  Introduced 4/30/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

 

HF 3389 (Kiel):  Expansion of renewable energy credits.
Status:  Introduced 5/12/14; referred to Energy Policy. No further action during session.

 

HF 3391 (Scott):  A bill limiting governmental entities' copyright interests.
Status:  Introduced 5/16/4; referred to Civil Law. No further action during session.

  

 

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.