WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids) graduated from the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute (LEHI) on Nov. 13, having just completed 60 course hours of instruction on North American energy policy and regulation. This year, LEHI brought together 34 state and provincial legislative energy leaders in its 2014 class for its acclaimed certificate program.
In its sixth year, the Institute offers policymakers the chance to dramatically improve their knowledge of the energy infrastructure and delivery system, enhancing their ability to make the complex policy decisions that will be necessary to ensure their citizens have a stable, secure and affordable energy supply and delivery system. The recent three-and-a-half day session in Washington, D.C. afforded legislators to meet with top officials in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), EPA, and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as Natural Resources Canada, the US DOE compliment.
“Completing this LEHI program and working with legislative leaders throughout the USA and Canada as we interacted with the major energy related businesses and agencies of both countries has been an invaluable opportunity. I return to my position as vice chair of the Minnesota Senate Environment and Energy Committee with an informed and optimistic vision of the energy future of Minnesota and North America. I look forward to sharing this experience with colleagues in the upcoming legislative session and will continue to work with the leaders and agencies I have met through the institute,” said Sen. Hoffman.
“It is critical that citizen legislators get this basic boot camp of how our energy infrastructure works, is built and operated so they make informed policy decisions about our energy future,” added Rep. Jeff Morris of Washington State, Institute Director.
More than 100 policymakers have attended the Institute. Those completing the 60-hour executive course receive a certificate from the University of Idaho in Energy Policy Planning. These Alumni have gone on to become leaders in their respective state and provincial governments in energy, chairing energy or environment committees. The program was developed by the Pacific NW Economic Region (PNWER), in cooperation with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), US DOE, and Natural Resources Canada.
You can contact Sen. Hoffman at Sen.John.Hoffman@senate.mn or by calling his office at (651) 296-4154.