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Fortnightly Magazine - July 15 1997

legislation from the certificate of need proceeding.

Power Purchase Contracts (Chapter 176) (em Provides that upon petition of the utility, state utility commission reviews power purchase contracts or investments entered or made by the utility to satisfy the wind and biomass mandates of the Prairie Island Law.

Natural Gas Ratemaking

Performance-Based Regulation (Chapter 25) (em Supported by Minnesota's natural gas utilities, allows for the filing of performance-based regulation plans. It becomes effective Aug. 1, 1997.

Private Issues

Electric Utility Mergers (S.F. 83/H.F. 295) (em Aimed at proposed Primergy deal, bill would have required state PUC, before approving merger between Northern States Power and Wisconsin Energy, to determine that merger would be "beneficial to state and local economies."

Certificate of Need for Transmission Lines (Chapter 198) (em Excuses certificate of need for any new high-voltage transmission line with capacity of at least 200 kilovolts that crosses the Minnesota state boundary if project application was filed by Feb. 1, 1997.

Municipal and Cooperative Utility Joint Ventures (Chapter 232) (em Allows Jackson Municipal Utilities Commission to enter a joint venture with the Federated Rural Electric Associations.

Clean Air

Exempt Minnesota from Ozone Transport Schedule (S.F. 1867/H.F. 2094) (em Would ask U.S. EPA to exempt Minnesota from state implementation plan on regional transport of ozone.

Ozone Attainment State Implementation Plan Act (S.F. 1962) (em Would require public hearing and legislative review of any state actions related to the atmospheric transport of ozone.

New Source Performance Standards (S.F. 1466/H.F 1955) (em Introduced but never heard, would have applied new source performance standards to all steam electric plants in the state.

Information based on the

1997 Legislative Final Report, Energy Legislation, from the state of Minnesota.

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