2020 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 633 (Osmek): This bill would lift the moratorium against considering using additional nuclear resources.
Status: Introduced 3/10/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Passed and referred to Senate floor 3/10/2020.

SF 1371 (Mathews): This bill would allow a hydro facility larger than 100 megawatts to qualify as renewable energy.
Status: Introduced 3/10/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Amended, passed and referred to Senate floor 3/10/2020.

SF 1456 (Senjem): A bill that would strengthen the requirement for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to give preference for renewable or carbon-free energy when reviewing any Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Additionally, the PUC is charged with considering the impacts of local job creation or job loss when choosing a generation resource. See companion bill HF 1405.
Status: Introduced 2/13/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/20/2020. Amended and passed committee, referred to Senate Finance 2/27/2020.

SF 2084 (Osmek): This bill has been designated at the renewable development fund omnibus finance bill. The bill focuses on programs within Xcel energy service territory. See companion bill HF 1842.
Status: Introduced 3/7/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3074 (Limmer): Defines the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) by law enforcement agencies to gather data, create parameters on how that data can be used and timelines on how that data must be retained.
Status: Introduced 2/13/2020; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. Committee report to pass as amended 2/20/2020

SF 3103 (Hoffman): Requires the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to create a semiannual report on electric generation sources and their associated air pollution emissions. Utilities would be required to mail emission reports semiannually to consumers and publish on their websites. See companion bill HF 3054.
Status: Introduced 2/13/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3108 (Marty): This bill would change the overall state greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goal to 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Current statutory goals require levels to be reduced by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. See Companion bill HF 3076.
Status: Introduced 2/13/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3143 (Dibble): This bill would establish a Minnesota Green New Deal by further supporting energy policy directed at mitigating climate change and greenhouse gasses among several sectors. The bill supports the Governor's development of a climate change advisory council, would require Minnesota utilities to become 100 percent carbon free by 2030, and would prohibit the construction of any electric generation using a carbon-based fuel. Additionally, various state commissioners would be required to submit climate change impact reports to the legislature.
Status: Introduced 2/13/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

SF3230 (Utke): Defines damaging critical utility infrastructure or recruiting or educating individuals to trespass on or damage critical infrastructure as a crime punishable by imprisonment and/or payment of a fine. See companion bill HF2966.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2020; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy.

SF 3314 (Dibble): The bill would create an assessment for the Department of Natural Resources to study the impacts of heavy precipitation and storms on state-owned assets. See companion bill HF 3055.
Status: Introduced 2/20/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

SF 3324 (Dziedzic): Any agency issuing a nonexpiring air emission permits must review those permits every 5 years. Those reviews would include a public information meeting to discuss permit conditions, test results, the facilities operations and permit compliance. See companion bill HF3057.
Status: Introduced 2/20/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

SF 3433 (Champion): The Commission of the Pollution Control Agency is required to estimate the cumulative effects of pollution rather than the levels of pollution. The commissioner is also requires to add a community liaison to interact with communities exposed to pollutants. See companion bill HF 3058.
Status: Introduced 2/20/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

SF 3470 (Dibble): The bill seeks a $890,000 appropriation from the general fund and a surcharge on electric vehicles for the commissioner of the Department of Transportation to create an electric vehicle charging infrastructure competitive grant. See companion bill HF 3893.
Status: Introduced 2/20/2020; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy.

SF 3562 (Goggin): A funding request for a “Net-Zero” energy project proposed by the Prairie Island Native Community. Through a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy, the tribal community would offset all the energy that they consume with self-generated renewable resources. A request has been made for $46.2 million from the Renewable Development Account would be administered by Department of Commerce with any unspent funds returned to the state. See companion bill HF 3539.
Status: Introduced 3/24/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/12/2020. Passed as amended and referred to Senate Finance.

SF 3666 (Franzen): A $1,000,000 appropriation to the University of Minnesota to coordinate with state agencies and study the potential for carbon sequestration. See companion bill HF 3590.
Status: Introduced 2/27/2020; referred to Higher Education Finance and Policy.

SF 4051 (Dibble): This bill would create an electric vehicle rebate of up to $2500 for a new vehicle and $500 for a used vehicle. See companion bill HF 3894.
Status: Introduced 3/5/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4084 (Goggin): A funding request for Dakota County to repair a hydroelectric generating facility at the Byllesby Dam. See companion bill HF 4154.
Status: Introduced 3/5/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance. Withdrawn and re-referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/12/2020. Passed as amended and referred to Senate Finance

SF 4149 (Senjem): This bill would establish a zero-interest revolving loan fund for energy conservation in schools by appropriating $20 million from the general fund. See companion bill HF 4123.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4207 (Rest): This bill would create an assessment on carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and deposit those funds into a carbon assessment dividend account. Funds from this account would be disbursed for a variety of climate mitigation strategies. See companion bill HF 4397.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4215 (Cwodzinski): This bill seeks approximately $195 million in state funding to create a wide range of climate change solution projects. School energy conservation programs, Solar arrays on schools, electrical vehicle rebates, residential solar rebates, residential energy grants, commercial buildings energy grants, nursing home energy efficiency grants, climate change study grants, distributed energy study grants, electric bus grants for schools and cities, and administrative funding for five different state agencies to address climate change. See companion bill HF 3436.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4329 (Howe): This bill would create a preference for all state departments to purchase electric vehicles as they replace their fleets. The appropriation would create rebates, dealer incentives and dealer certification. See house file HF 4181.
Status: Introduced 3/16/2020; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy.

SF 4376 (Dibble): This bill would create a new energy efficiency grant program for commercial buildings. Grants would be administered by the Department of Commerce with an appropriation from the general fund. See companion bill HF 4239.
Status: Introduced 3/16/2020; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4409 (Rarick): This bill would revise and update existing Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) statutes. The Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act of 2020 would create stricter guidelines for CIP governance while allowing CIP investments in beneficial electrification to count towards CIP goals. See companion bill HF 4502.
Status: Introduced 3/16/2020; referred to the Committee on Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.






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