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.  

NOTICE: The legislature's website does not necessarily contain the latest status of any given bill. If you need up-to-the-minute information about legislation, call 1-888-234-1112 for Senate information, and 1-800-657-3550 for House information; or contact Deb Birgen at MRES.

 

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.
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.  
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 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.
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.    

 

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.

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 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 413 (Koenen): Application of levy limits to wind and solar generation production taxes.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Taxes. 

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.