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Climate and Energy Finance and Policy


2021-2022 Regular Session - Thursday, February 10, 2022



Representative Jamie Long, Chair of the Committee on Climate and Energy Finance and Policy, called the virtual meeting to order at 10:30 AM on February 10th, 2022 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Long, Jamie, Chair
Acomb, Patty, Vice Chair
Swedzinski, Chris, Republican Lead
Bierman, Robert
Boe, Greg
Christensen, Shelly
Franson, Mary
Gruenhagen, Glenn
Hollins, Athena
Hornstein, Frank
Lee, Fue
Lippert, Todd
Lislegard, Dave
Mekeland, Shane
Munson, Jeremy
Stephenson, Zack

Igo, Spencer

A quorum was present.

Representative Acomb moved that the minutes of February 3rd, 2022, and February 8th, 2022, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Presenting on transmission challenges:
• David Niles, director of finance and accounting, Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
• Betsy Engelking, VP of Policy and Strategy, National Grid Renewables
• Joe Sullivan, Commissioner, MN Public Utilities Commission

Presenting on transmission solutions:
• Brian Tulloh, External Affairs, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)
• Aubrey Johnson, Systems Planning, MISO
• Priti Patel, Chief Transmission Officer, Great River Energy
• Michael Lamb, Senior VP for Transmission, Xcel Energy

Presenting on transmission legislative options:
• Kevin Pranis, Campaign Director, LIUNA
• Rep. Zack Stephenson
• Beth Soholt, Executive Director, Clean Grid Alliance
• Michael B Jacobs, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

The meeting was adjourned at 12:01 PM.

Representative Jamie Long, Chair

Mike Hermanson, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
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01:53 - Transmission: Challenges.
32:53 - Transmission: Solutions.
1:11:01 - Transmission: Legislative options for the Grid.
Runs 1 hour, 31 minutes.

Transmission: Challenges, solutions, and legislative options for the Grid
HF XXX/BE133 (Stephenson) Permitting Reform
This is an informational hearing and no action will be taken on the bill.

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