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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Interim Meeting

2007-2008 Regular Session - Thursday, January 17, 2008

State of Minnesota Interim Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Fifth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division &
Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
Joint Meeting


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the meeting to order at 1:14 PM on 17 January 2008 in the basement hearing room of the State office Building.

The clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Energy Policy and Finance Committee

Hilty, Bill
Ruud, Maria
Beard, Michael *
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Gardner, Paul
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Peterson, Aaron
Sailer, Brita
Slocum, Linda
Wagenius, Jean

Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs

Hilstrom, Debra
Tschumper, Ken
Dominguez, Augustine "Willie"
Hausman, Alice
Howes, Larry
Koenen, Lyle
Lenczewski, Ann
Olson, Mark
Scalze, Bev

HORNSTEIN, Frank (guest)

* (Serves on both committees.)

Members excused:

Energy Policy and Finance Committee

Westrom, Torrey
Hoppe, Joe
Ozment, Dennis
Welti, Andy

Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs

Holberg, Mary Liz
Lanning, Morrie
Buesgens, Mark
Marquart, Paul
Solberg, Loren

A quorum was present.

1:17 PM - John Kaufman, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy's Conservation Division, presented "Peak Oil: Causes and Prospects" (Slideshow/Handout).

1:45 PM - Daniel Lerch, Program Manager, Post Carbon Cities Program. Post Carbon Institute, presented "Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty" (Slideshow/Handout).

2:22 PM - Members asked questions.

2:52 PM - John Kaufman presented "Descending the Oil Peak: Navigating the Transition from Oil" (Slideshow/Handout).

3:21 PM - Members asked questions.

3:27 PM - Philipp Muessig, Sustainable Communities Specialist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, presented “Helping communities Address Climate and Energy Change" (Slideshow/Handout).

3:52 PM - Members asked questions.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:57 PM.

Representative Bill Hilty, Chair

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