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Legislative Electric Energy Task Force

LEETF 2005 Report to the Legislature

The Legislative Electric Energy Task Force(LEETF)was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1994 to study future electric energy sources and costs and to make recommendations for legislation for an environmentally and economically sustainable energy supply. The Legislature expanded the role of the task force in the 1997 legislative session (Laws of Minnesota 1997, Chapter 191), directing the task force to review issues relating to electric industry restructuring and deregulation. In 1998, the Legislature required the task force to conduct a detailed analysis, with the assistance of technical work groups, of several critical issues relating to electric restructuring (Laws of Minnesota 1998, Chapter 380). The task force is currently undertaking that review.

In 2003, the Legislature instructed the task force to gather information and make recommendations regarding potential electric energy resources. The task force may contract with one or more energy policy experts and energy economists to assist it in its analysis. The final report and recommendations regarding adequate, renewable, and economic electric power for the long term shall be submitted to the Legislature by January 15, 2005, and every two years thereafter. (Minnesota Statutes 2003, 216C.051) The task force has appointed a steering committee to conduct research, provide analysis, develop recommendations, and produce reports on wind, transmission, renewables, supply side adequacy, and resource utilization.