1.1    .................... moves to amend H. F. No. 3343 as follows:
1.2Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:

1.3    "Section 1. [216F.09] WECS AGGREGATION PROGRAM.
1.4    Subdivision 1. Program established. The entity selected to provide rural wind
1.5development assistance under Laws 2007, chapter 57, article 2, section 3, subdivision
1.66, (entity) shall also establish a wind energy conversion system (WECS) aggregation
1.7program. The purpose of the program is to create a clearinghouse to coordinate and
1.8arrange umbrella sales arrangements for groups of individuals, farmstead property owners,
1.9farmers' cooperative associations, community-based energy project developers, school
1.10districts, and other political subdivisions to aggregate small-volume purchases, as a
1.11group, in order to place large orders for wind energy conversion systems with WECS
1.13    Subd. 2. Responsibilities. The entity shall:
1.14    (1) provide application procedures for participation in the program;
1.15    (2) set minimum standards for wind energy conversion systems to be considered for
1.16purchase through the program, which may include price, quality and installation standards,
1.17timely delivery schedules and arrangements, performance and reliability ratings, and any
1.18other factors considered necessary or desirable for participants;
1.19    (3) set eligibility considerations and requirements for purchasers, including
1.20availability to the applicant of land authorized for installation and use of WECS,
1.21likelihood of a permit being approved by the commission or a county under this chapter,
1.22documentation of adequate financing, and other necessary or usual financial or business
1.23practices or requirements;
1.24    (4) provide a minimal framework for soliciting or contacting manufacturers on
1.25behalf of participants; and
1.26    (5) coordinate purchase agreements between the manufacturer and participants.
2.1    Subd. 3. Report. By February 1 of 2009, and each year thereafter, the commissioner
2.2of commerce shall submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
2.3senate and house committees with primary jurisdiction over energy policy on the activities
2.4and results of the program, including the number of participants and the number of
2.5purchases made.
2.6    Subd. 4. Assessment; appropriation. Annual costs of the program, up to $.......,
2.7must be assessed under section 216C.052, subdivision 2, paragraph (c), clause (1). The
2.8assessment is appropriated to the commissioner of commerce to be used by the director of
2.9the office of energy security for a grant to the entity to carry out the purposes of this section.
2.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment."
2.11Delete the title and insert:
2.12"A bill for an act
2.13relating to energy; creating wind energy conversion system aggregation program;
2.14appropriating money;proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
2.15chapter 216F."