2022 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 0225 (Kiffmeyer): First introduced in 2021, this bill would repeal the prohibition on nuclear power in Minnesota.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/23/2021. Passed; laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 2/23/2021. Amended into Senate Omnibus Commerce Policy and Finance Bill, SF 972. No further action in 2021. Set for re-hearing 3/24/2022. Passed; referred to Senate floor. Amended into the Senate Energy Omnibus bill SF 4269 3/31/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Failed to pass as part of the Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce bill before end of session.

SF 1621 (Frentz): Originally introduced in 2021, this bill expands intervenor compensation for investor-owned utility proceedings before the PUC. See companion bill HF 1289.
Status: Introduced 3/1/2021. Heard in Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee 3/26/2021; laid aside for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill. No further action in 2021; re-set for hearing 3/8/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill.

SF 2156 (Housley): Would require IOUs that own coal-fired generation file a detailed timeline for decommissioning and demolition. See companion bill HF 2698.
Status: Introduced 3/18/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee. No further action in 2021; reset for hearing 3/15/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill. Amended into the Senate Energy Omnibus bill SF 4269 3/31/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Failed to pass as part of the Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce bill before end of session.

SF 2382 (Rarick): Originally introduced in 2021, a bill to allow large industrial customers of an IOU to seek market-based power (deregulation). See companion bill HF 4620.
Status: Introduced 4/7/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. No further action in 2021.

SF 2420 (Senjem): Originally introduced in 2021, it provides rebates for the purchase of electric motorboats and electric marine power trains. See companion bill HF 2708.
Status: Introduced 4/15/21; no further action in 2021. Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance 2/3/2022.

SF 2947 (Frentz): Requires the MPCA create a procedure for direct complaints to the MPCA. It pertains only to IOU customers; municipals are monitoring for amendments to include public power. See companion bill HF 3151.
Status: Introduced 2/7/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/8/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill.

SF 2961 (Senjem): Establishes a process to allocate costs and ownership for new federally planned regional high-voltage transmission lines. See companion bill HF 3310.
Status: Introduced 2/07/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3051 (Rarick): Adds requirements to utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRP), including identifying local job impacts for proposed generation, and creates a preference for local jobs. It also requires utilities identify the transmission impacts due to the retirement of non-renewable generation—15 years before the retirement. The bill would exempt solar and wind projects and some transmission owned by independent power providers (non-utilities) from the Certificate of Need process. See companion bill HF 3299.
Status: Introduced 2/10/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/17/2022. Laid over for additional discussion.

SF 3058 (Newman): Requires that federal funds received from the US Dept. of Transportation may only be spent by direct appropriation. See companion bill SF HF 3609.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2022; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy.

SF 3060 (Weber): This bill would expand PACE program financing to include agriculture and water management; requires additional notice to mortgage lender, where applicable, on all PACE projects. See companion bill HF 2624.
Status: Introduced 2/10/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/1/2022. Passed as amended; referred to Senate floor. Amended into the Senate Energy Omnibus bill SF 4269 3/31/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Failed to pass as part of the Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce bill before end of session.

SF 3137 (Duckworth): Would allow electric vehicle charging stations to be installed, operated and maintained within state rest areas. See companion bill HF 3220.
Status: Introduced 2/14/2022; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/15/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 2/15/2022.

SF 3138 (Coleman): Requires excavators to advise the Office of Pipeline Safety each quarter of their total number of notifications by type. A call to Gopher State One Call requesting a locate ticket would be an example of a notification. Additional documentation would be required if any utility damage occurs during an excavation. See companion bill HF 3600.
Status: Introduced 2/14/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3157 (Howe): Would require the predesign for new state-owned buildings to meet the buildings energy needs with a minimum of two percent renewable energy. In this case, renewable energy is defined as wind or solar resources. See companion bill HF 3781.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2922; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections. Passed; laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill.

SF 3211 (Champion): Requires the MPCA to study the cumulative effects of pollution before issuing emission permits in a designated environmental justice area. See companion bill HF 3146.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2022; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

SF 3322 (Coleman): Repeals existing preconditions for remote participation, allowing for more remote participation in public meetings. See companion bill HF 4458.
Status: Introduced 2/21/2022; referred to Local Government Policy.

SF 3397 (Senjem): Would create tax credits of up to $2,000 for energy efficiency improvements and beneficial electrification projects. See companion bill HF 3320.
Status: Introduced 2/24/2022; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 3/8/2022. Passed as amended; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3461 (Mathews): Would repeal the “Right of First Refusal” that passed in 2012 for federally approved transmission owners to construct additional transmission. See companion bill HF 4892.
Status: Introduced 2/24/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3467 (Weber): Would exempt energy storage systems from personal property taxes. Energy storage systems are defined by statute in section 216B.2422, subdivision 1, paragraph (f). See companion bill HF 3782.
Status: Introduced 2/24/2022; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 3/9/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill.

SF 3655 (Senjem): Requires that new or extensively remodeled state-owned buildings use renewable energy in compliance with the Sustainable Buildings 2030 codes. See companion bill HF 3084.
Status
: Introduced 3/2/2022; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections.

SF 3661 (Benson): Would require the development of a state policy to support carbon capture and sequestration technologies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction. See companion bill HF 3621.
Status: Introduced 3/02/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/10/2022. Passed (4-3); referred to Senate floor. Amended into the Senate Energy Omnibus bill SF 4269 3/31/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Failed to pass as part of the Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce bill before end of session.

SF 3838 (Tomassoni): A bill to provide financial relief for utilities and customers from excessive natural gas costs during polar vortex Uri (2021). Utilities and customers would need to document increases in incremental costs in order to apply for either a rebate or tax credit. See companion bill HF 3944.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/29/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/29/2022.

SF 3851 (Johnson): Would repeal the sales tax exemption for residential electricity used for heating. See companion bill HF 3521.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2022; referred to Taxes.

SF 3901 (Howe): A bill to prohibit IOUs from offering electric vehicle incentives/rebates as part of their energy efficiency/beneficial electrification programs.
Status: Introduced 3/10/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3965 (Frentz): A bill to require a minimum number of EV-ready parking spaces in commercial parking lots or garages, and in multi-family residential structures with more than four parking spaces. See companion bill HF 4066.
Status: Introduced 3/14/2022; referred to Labor and Industry Policy.

SF 4002 (Kiffmeyer): State Government supplemental budget appropriations and policy recommendations for 2022 and 2023. See companion bill HF 4125.
Status: Introduction 3/14/2022; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections. Set for hearing 3/23/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/23/2022.

SF 4024 (Rarick): A grant program for upgrading electric panels in income-qualified single-family or multifamily buildings. See companion bill HF 3897.
Status: Introduced 3/16/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4032 (Benson): Would allow hydroelectric generation greater than 100 megawatts to qualify as a renewable energy resource. See companion bill HF 3453.
Status: Introduced 3/16/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4082 (Mathews): Would allow the construction of small-scale nuclear-powered generation of up to 100 megawatts. See companion bill HF 4389.
Status: Introduced 3/16/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/24/2022. Passed; referred to Senate floor.

SF 4089 (Senjem): Would provide an additional $4.3 million for the Solar on Schools program for non-Xcel service territories. See companion bill HF 4461.
Status: Introduced 3/17/2022: referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and policy. Set for hearing 3/29/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/29/2022. Amended into the Senate Energy Omnibus bill SF 4269 3/31/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Failed to pass as part of the Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce bill before end of session.

SF 4091 (Pratt): Originally pertaining Jobs Economic Growth Finance and Policy, the bill is now The Senate Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill. See companion House Omnibus Workforce and Development, Energy, Commerce and Labor and Industry bill HF 4355.
Status: Introduced 3/17/2022; referred to Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy. Passed as amended; referred to Finance 4/5/2022. Set for hearing 4/25/2022. Passed as amended; referred to Senate floor 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Passed House as amended (69-62); referred to Senate 5/4/2022. Senate did not concur with House; conference committee appointed: Sens. Pratt, Rarick, Dahms, Senjem, Frentz. Reps. Noor, Ecklund, Long, Stephenson, Swedzinski 5/4/2022. Conference report adopted by Senate (41-26), tabled by Senate (37-29) 5/22/22. No further action before end of session.

SF 4119 (Senjem): Would require Xcel energy to increase and extend funding a solar incentive program; and require Xcel to develop an Energy Storage Incentive Program tariff to accelerate storage. See companion bill HF 4402.
Status: Introduced 3/17/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/29/2022. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/29/2022. Amended into the Senate Energy Omnibus bill SF 4269 3/31/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Failed to pass as part of the Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce bill before end of session.

SF 4142 (Champion): A bill to provide additional funding for the Regional Apprenticeship Training Center in Minneapolis to further develop renewable energy training skills See companion bill HF 4319.
Status: Introduced 3/21/2022; referred to Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy.

SF 4144 (Housley): This bill would prohibit homeowners associations from blocking solar installations on homes within their association. See companion bill HF 4544.
Status: Introduced 3/21/2022; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

SF 4163 (Mathews): This bill would require the commissioner of the DOC to study the feasibility of retrofitting existing coal-fired electric generation using advanced nuclear technology. See companion bill HF 4462.
Status: Introduced 3/21/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/24/2022. Passed; referred to Finance. Amended into the Senate Energy Omnibus bill SF 4269 3/31/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Failed to pass as part of the Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce bill before end of session.

SF 4212 (Jasinski): Revise current open meeting laws to continue to allow for remote participation in public meetings. See companion bill HF 4441.
Status: Introduced 3/23/2022; referred to Local Government Policy. Set for hearing 3/29/2022. Passed; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 3/29/2022.

SF 4241 (Frentz): Would require commercial buildings’ energy use be entered into a benchmarking tool. The benchmarking tool would be developed and maintained by the Department of Commerce. See companion bill HF 4241.
Status: Introduced 3/13/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4239 (Mathews): Requires the development of a general data audit trail for not public data held within a government entity. See companion bill HF 4270.
Status: Introduced 3/14/2022; referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

SF 4262 (Senjem): A bill to allow Investor Owned Natural Gas utilities to sell bonds to reduce economic impacts during catastrophic events. See companion bill HF 4567.
Status: Introduced 3/24/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/29/2022. Passed as amended; referred to Senate Taxes 3/29/2022. Amended into the Senate Energy Omnibus bill SF 4269 3/31/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House.

SF 4269 (Senjem): The Senate Energy Omnibus Bill. Originally pertaining to Department of Commerce activities, the bill is now the Senate Omnibus Energy Bill. See companion House Omnibus Energy Bill HF 3337. See companion House Workforce and Development, Energy, Commerce and Labor and Industry bill HF 4355.
Status
: Introduced 3/25/2002; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/31/2022. Amended to become the Senate Omnibus Energy bill; passed as amended; referred to Finance 3/31/2022. Set for hearing 4/7/2022. Amended into the Larger Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy and Higher Education Policy and Supplemental Finance Bill SF 4091 4/25/2022. Passed Senate (38-27) 4/26/2022; sent to House. Failed to pass as part of the Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce bill before end of session.

SF 4382 (Rest): Would create a tax credit of up to 25 percent of expenses for residential heating fuel and residential water services up to a maximum of $2000. Electricity qualifies as a home heating fuel.
Status: Introduced 3/30/2002; referred to Taxes.

SF 4392 (Senjem): The Governor's $149.5 million supplemental budget for Department of Commerce. Highlights include $34.5 million for weatherization, $3 million for Solar for Schools, $20 million for state competitiveness grants, $34 million for a green innovation finance fund, $35 million for decarbonization technology grants and $18 million for water utilities energy resiliency. See companion bill HF 4654.
Status: Introduced 3/31/2022; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 4/7/2022.


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