.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 2019 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 216F.012, is amended to read:
1.4216F.012 SIZE ELECTION.
(a) A wind energy conversion system of less than 25 megawatts of nameplate
capacity as determined under section
is a small wind energy conversion system
, by July 1, 2009,
the owner so elects in writing and submits a completed application for
zoning approval and the written election to the county or counties in which the project is
proposed to be located. The owner must notify the Public Utilities Commission of the
election at the time the owner submits the election to the county.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a wind energy conversion system with a
nameplate capacity exceeding five megawatts that is proposed to be located wholly or
partially within a wind access buffer adjacent to state lands that are part of the outdoor
recreation system, as enumerated in section
, is a large wind energy conversion
system. The Department of Natural Resources shall negotiate in good faith with a system
owner regarding siting and may support the system owner in seeking a variance from the
system setback requirements if it determines that a variance is in the public interest.
(c) The Public Utilities Commission shall issue an annual report to the chairs
and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees
with primary jurisdiction over energy policy and natural resource policy regarding any
variances applied for and not granted for systems subject to paragraph (b).
1.22EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Amend the title accordingly