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197758
The Legislature Agenda (2001)
St. Paul, Minnesota
PKG
1/2/2001
12:34
1:25
St. Paul, Minnesota Rep.-elect Eric Lipman, (R) Lake Elmo Tom Hauser, Reporting
(FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE, THE REPORTER IS LICENSABLE) CU OF BLINDS, BLINDS OPEN TO REVEAL LEGISLATURE BUILDING, MAN SOT, MAN IN OFFICE, INTERIOR OF CAPITOL DOME, CU OF CAPITOL STATUES, AGENDA GRAPHIC, MAN AT DESK, CU OF PEN WRITING ON PAPER, INTERIOR OF CHAMBER, CU OF DIGITAL SIGN, PEOPLE BUYING THINS IN STORE, CU OF CASH REGISTER, PEOPLE WITH CAMERAS, VENTURA SOT
FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, MINNESOTA COULD BE HEADED FOR AN ENERGY CRISIS.
(LEAD:) WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE A LOT OF NEW FACES FOR ONE THING. TWENTY-EIGHT NEW LAWMAKERS WILL BE SWORN INTO OFFICE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. SO THERE ENERGY FORECASTERS SAY MINNESOTA IS HEADED FOR AN ELECTRICITY SHORTAGE IN FIVE YEARS. IT'S A REAL ISSUE RIGHT NOW FOR PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA WHERE SUPPLY IS NOT KEEPING UP WITH DEMAND. HERE IN MINNESOTA SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING WE MUST TAKE ACTION TO MAKE SURE THE LIGHTS STAY ON. (TAKE PKG:) THERE ARE SO MANY MORE HOUSES IN THE METRO AREA, SO MANY MORE PEOPLE USING ELECTRICITY. (SOUND OF MICROWAVE) COMPARED TO TWENTY YEARS AGO, EVERYONE HAS MORE GADGETS AND EQUIPMENT THAT REQUIRE JUICE. (SOUND OF COMPUTER) WHILE KIDS LIKE KELSEY AND ALISSA KAMPRUD (CAMP-RUDE) PLAY ON THEIR COMPUTER. IN THE FUTURE THERE WON'T BE ENOUGH POWER PLANTS TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND. THIS IS THE SHERCO PLANT IN BECKER. (SOT-KENT LARSON "There haven't been any major power plants built in Minnesota since 1987 when we built Shercko Plant and that's causing a shortage there continual growth and demand and you aren't supplying it with power plants you are going to end up with shortages in the long run.") LARSON SAYS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GOOD ABOUT TURNING OFF LIGHTS AND USING ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES, BUT STILL THE DEMAND IS HIGH. (SOT-LARSON "We expect five years from now that we'll have shortage of 5 thousand megawatts which is equivalent to five Prairie Island Plants.") WHAT COULD THIS MEAN FOR FAMILIES LIKE THE KAMPRUDS? HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILLS AND MAYBE EVEN CONCERNS ABOUT ELECTRICITY BEING AVAILABLE. LARSON SAYS THE ONLY ANSWER IS BUILDING MORE POSER PLANTS. HE HOPES THE LEGISLATURE WILL CONSIDER CUTTING THE RED TAPE TO SPEED UP THE BUILDING PROCESS. HE AND OTHER ENERGY FORECASTERS SAY STATE OFFICIALS NEED TO ACT NOW. (TAG:) LARSON SAYS EVEN WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES AND CONSCIENTIOUS CUSTOMERS, XCEL ENERGY IS SEEING A ONE AND A HALF PERCENT A YEAR GROWTH ON THEIR SYSTEMS. RECAP
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