Senator Nick Frentz Ushers Bipartisan Energy Budget Provisions to Passage Off Senate Floor

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Today, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 4942, the Agriculture, Commerce, and Energy omnibus budget bill. The Energy portion of the bill, authored by SenateEnergy, Utilities, Environment, and Climate Chair Nick Frentz (DFL – North Mankato), includes legislation to move Minnesota closer to achieving our 100% carbon-free energy by 2040 goals. 

“The Senate Energy Committee focused on building a bill that focuses on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions in the energy sector,” said Senator Nick Frentz. “To meet our 100% carbon-free energy by 2040 goals the bill prioritizes investments in new technologies and digs into potential energy sources like advanced nuclear and geothermal to determine what is best for the future of Minnesota.”

 Some highlights of the Energy, Utilities, Environment, and Climate portion of the bill include:

  • Provides funds to study advanced nuclear technology to determine its impacts on emissions, consumer cots, public health, and economic benefits (SF 3120).
  • Requires the Department of Commerce to conduct a study to facilitate the deployment of thermal energy across Minnesota (SF 4760).
  • Appropriates funds from the Renewable Development Account to build new geothermal systems, make significant energy efficiency improvements across the Twin Cities metro, and build a new anaerobic digester.
  • Allows utilities to collect an Individual Taxpayer Number (ITIN) in lieu of a Social Security number on applications for new utility service (SF 4159).

 The Agriculture, Commerce, and Energy budget bill passed the Senate floor on a 36-30 vote, and awaits passage by the House.

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Nick Frentz represents Senate District 18, which includes portions of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties in the south central part of the state.

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