The commission may not authorize a utility furnishing electricity to recover in rates charged to consumers for the costs of repairing, maintaining or operating any facility owned by another public utility located outside of this state.
The commission may not authorize a utility furnishing electricity to recover in rates charged to consumers for insurance premiums that provide coverage for an accident at a facility in March 1979, if the coverage is first obtained on or after May 7, 1982.
No utility may otherwise pay directly or indirectly for the costs in pars. (b)
The commission shall promulgate rules establishing requirements and procedures for the commission, in setting rates for retail electric service, to reflect the assignment of costs and the treatment of revenues from sales to customers outside this state that the public utility does not have a duty to serve.
In determining a reasonably adequate telecommunications service or a reasonable and just charge for that telecommunications service, the commission shall consider at least the following factors in determining what is reasonable and just, reasonably adequate, convenient and necessary or in the public interest:
Impact on the quality of life for the public, including privacy considerations.
Promotion of economic development, including telecommunications infrastructure deployment.
Promotion of telecommunications services in geographical areas with diverse income or racial populations.
A charge for fire protection services under sub. (3) is a fee not a tax; imposition against a church is constitutional. River Falls v. St. Bridget's Catholic Church, 182 W (2d) 436, 513 NW (2d) 673 (Ct. App. 1994).
Facilities granted other utilities; physical telecommunications connections; petition; investigation. 196.04(1)(a)1.
"Transmission equipment and property" means any conduit, subway, pole, tower, transmission wire or other equipment on, over or under any street or highway.
"Physical connection" means the number of trunk lines or complete circuits and connections, including connections by wire, optics, radio signal or other means, required to furnish reasonably adequate telecommunications service between telecommunications providers.
Transmission equipment and property access. 196.04(1)(b)1.1.
Any person who owns transmission equipment and property shall permit, for reasonable compensation, the use of the transmission equipment and property by any public utility or telecommunications provider if public convenience and necessity require such use and if the use will not result in irreparable injury to any owner or user of the transmission equipment and property or in any substantial detriment to the service to be rendered by the owner or user.
Every telecommunications utility shall permit physical connections to be made, and telecommunications service to be furnished, between any telecommunications system operated by it and the telecommunications toll line operated by another telecommunications provider, or between its toll line and the telecommunications system of another telecommunications provider, or between its toll line and the toll line of another telecommunications provider, or between its telecommunications system and the telecommunications system of another telecommunications provider if all of the following apply:
The connection will not result in irreparable injury to the owners or other users of the facilities of the public utility making the connection.
The connection will not result in any substantial detriment to the service to be rendered by a public utility making the connection.
If there is a failure to agree upon use of transmission equipment and property under sub. (1)
or the conditions or compensation for the use, or if there is a failure to agree upon the physical connections or the terms and conditions upon which the physical connections shall be made, any public utility, any telecommunications provider or any other person interested may apply to the commission. If, after investigation, the commission determines that public convenience and necessity require the use or physical connections and that the use or physical connections will not result in irreparable injury to the owner or other users of the transmission equipment and property or of the facilities of the public utility or in any substantial detriment to the service to be rendered by the owner or the public utility or other users of the transmission equipment and property or facilities, the commission, by order, shall direct that the use be permitted and that the physical connections be made. The commission shall prescribe reasonable conditions and compensation for the use and shall determine how and within what time the connections shall be made and by whom the expense of making and maintaining the connections shall be paid. An order under this subsection may be revised by the commission.
If the parties cannot agree and the commission finds that public convenience and necessity or the rendition of reasonably adequate service to the public requires that a public utility, telecommunications provider or cable operator, as defined in s. 66.082 (2) (b)
, be permitted to extend its lines on, over or under the right-of-way of any railroad, or requires that the tracks of any railroad be extended on, over or under the right-of-way of any public utility, telecommunications provider or cable operator, the commission may order the extension by the public utility, telecommunications provider, cable operator or railroad on, over or under the right-of-way of the other if it will not materially impair the ability of the railroad, telecommunications provider, cable operator or public utility, on, over or under whose right-of-way the extension would be made, to serve the public. The commission shall prescribe lawful conditions and compensation which the commission deems equitable and reasonable in light of all the circumstances.
Standard applicable to determination of compensation under sub. (4) discussed. Wis. Central LTD. v. PSC, 170 W (2d) 558, 490 NW (2d) 27 (Ct. App. 1992).
Public utility property; valuation; revaluation.
If the commission deems it proper or necessary for effective regulation, the commission shall value or revalue all the property of every public utility actually used and useful for the convenience of the public.
History: 1983 a. 53
Uniform accounting; forms; books; office. 196.06(1)(1)
Every public utility shall keep and render to the commission in the manner and form prescribed by the commission uniform accounts of all business transacted.
The commission may require any public utility engaged directly or indirectly in any business other than that of the production, transmission or furnishing of heat, light, water, telecommunications service or power to keep and render separately to the commission in like manner and form the accounts of all such other business. This chapter applies to the books, accounts, papers and records of such other business if the commission requires the keeping and rendering separately of the accounts under this subsection.
Each public utility shall keep and render its books, accounts, papers and records accurately and faithfully in the manner and form prescribed by the commission and shall comply with all directions of the commission relating to such books, accounts, papers and records.
Each public utility shall have an office in one of the towns, villages or cities in this state in which its property or some part thereof is located, in which it shall keep all books, accounts, papers and records required by the commission to be kept within the state. No books, accounts, papers or records required by the commission to be kept within the state shall be removed from the state, except upon conditions prescribed by the commission.
Balance sheet filed annually. 196.07(1)
Each public utility shall close its accounts annually on December 31 and promptly prepare a balance sheet of that date. On or before the following April 1 every public utility shall file with the commission the balance sheet together with any other information the commission prescribes, verified by an officer of the public utility. The commission, for good cause shown, may extend the time for filing the balance sheet and prescribed information.
If a public utility fails to file a report with the commission containing its balance sheet and other information prescribed by the commission by the date the report is due under sub. (1)
, the commission may prepare the report from the records of the public utility. All expenses of the commission in preparing the report, plus a penalty equal to 50% of the amount of the expenses, shall be assessed against and collected from the public utility under s. 196.85
. The amount of the charge to a public utility shall not be limited by s. 196.85 (1)
and shall be in addition to any other charges assessable under s. 196.85
. The penalty provision of the charge shall be credited to the general fund under s. 20.906
History: 1983 a. 53
Audit and inspection.
The commission shall provide for the examination and audit of all accounts, and all items shall be allocated to the accounts in the manner prescribed by the commission.
Depreciation rates and practices; findings by commission; dividends from reserves; retirements. 196.09(1)(1)
In this section, "public utility" does not include a telecommunications cooperative except as provided under s. 196.205
. In subs. (2)
, "public utility" does not include a telecommunications utility. Subsection (9)
only applies to a telecommunications utility. Every public utility shall file with the commission, within such time as may be required by the commission, its estimate of the annual rate of depreciation required for each of its classes of fixed capital used for public utility purposes, and of the composite annual rate of depreciation required for such fixed capital as an aggregate, which shall constitute the public utility's estimates of the amount which should be returned to it out of its rates for service, to meet the depreciation of its property.
After the submission of the estimates under sub. (1)
, the commission shall review the estimates. If the commission determines that the estimates submitted are reasonable and proper, it shall certify its determination to the public utility. If the commission determines that the estimates submitted are not reasonable and proper, it shall certify to the public utility the percentages which it considers reasonable and proper. If the fixed capital accounts of the public utility are not subdivided to permit the rates for the various classes of fixed capital used for public utility purposes to be applied, the estimates submitted by the public utility and the percentages determined by the commission may be based upon the aggregate of such fixed capital.
After the commission certifies to the public utility its findings as to the percentages required for depreciation under sub. (2)
, the public utility shall have 30 days within which to make application to the commission for a hearing and order. If the public utility does not make application to the commission for a hearing and order within the time set, the commission's certification of findings shall have the effect of an order and the public utility shall have the right of appeal from the certification as provided in this chapter.
The commission may provide, in order to meet changing conditions, that a public utility submit from time to time the estimate required under sub. (1)
. If it requires such resubmission of estimates, the commission shall follow the procedure for certifying its findings under sub. (2)
. In revising the reasonable and proper percentages of depreciation, the commission shall give consideration to the experience of the public utility in accumulating a depreciation reserve under previous rates, any retirements actually made and any other relevant factor.
If the commission establishes, by certification or order, the reasonable and proper percentages of depreciation, the percentages shall constitute the percentages to be used in any proceeding involving the rates or practices of the public utility, except that if at the time of such proceeding the commission finds that the percentages of depreciation previously established are no longer reasonable and proper, the commission shall establish reasonable and proper percentages for the purpose of such proceeding and certify the new percentages under this section.
If the commission establishes for any public utility, by certification or order, the percentages necessary for depreciation on fixed capital used for public utility purposes, the public utility shall credit to its depreciation reserve in each accounting period the amount required to provide for depreciation at the percentage established. If the public utility is a corporation, the corporation may not pay any dividend out of earnings for any fiscal period subsequent to the commission's certification or order, or carry any portion of its earnings to its surplus account, except out of earnings remaining after crediting its depreciation reserve in accordance with the rates established by the commission, except as provided under par. (b)
After application and hearing the commission, upon a finding that it is necessary in the public interest, may exempt a public utility from the duty of crediting to the depreciation reserve in any accounting period a greater amount than is possible without impairing its ability to pay dividends for the current calendar year. Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify the requirements of ss. 180.0623
If a public utility desires to account for depreciation on a sinking fund basis and the commission determines that such basis of accounting for depreciation reasonably may be employed, the commission shall establish, under sub. (2)
, the composite rate to be applied to the aggregate fixed capital used for public utility purposes to determine the amount which shall be charged to operating expenses, and the interest rate applicable to the reserve balance at which additional credits to the reserve shall be computed. If a public utility accounts for depreciation on a sinking fund basis, the public utility shall:
Credit to the reserve the amount charged to operating expenses plus the amount obtained by applying the interest rate to the reserve balance.
Be subject to the same restrictions and regulations in its accounting for the entire amount to be credited to the depreciation reserve as are applicable to other public utilities which account for depreciation by other methods under this section.
No public utility may charge to its depreciation reserve anything except losses on property actually retired from service.
The commission shall create by order guidelines establishing classes of fixed capital that telecommunications utilities use for public utility purposes, a range of annual depreciation rates for each of those classes and a composite range of annual depreciation rates for all classes of fixed capital.
The commission shall review biennially the guidelines established under subd. 1.
, except that if the commission receives, more than 365 days before the deadline for a biennial review, a written request from a telecommunications utility for a review, the commission shall review the guidelines no later than 365 days after receiving the request.
The commission shall determine that an annual depreciation rate is just and reasonable if the rate falls within the range established for that class under par. (a) 1.
, if the composite annual depreciation rate falls within the composite range established under par. (a) 1.
for all classes of fixed capital or if the commission previously determined that the rate is just and reasonable.
A telecommunications utility may implement an annual composite depreciation rate, for all classes of fixed capital that is outside the range established under par. (a) 1.
by filing the rate with the commission. The proposed annual composite depreciation rate shall be effective on the date specified in the filing but not sooner than 90 days from the date of filing with the commission, unless any of the following occurs:
During the 90-day period the commission determines that the rate is not just and reasonable or in the public interest.
The commission directs that the depreciation rate be made effective at an earlier date.
Order establishing depreciation rates for utility's nuclear plant did not require environmental impact statement. Wis. Environmental Decade v. Public Serv. Comm. 105 W (2d) 457, 313 NW (2d) 863 (Ct. App. 1981).
The commission shall keep itself informed of all new construction, extensions and additions to the property of public utilities, and shall prescribe the necessary forms, regulations and instructions for the keeping of construction accounts, which shall clearly distinguish all operating expenses from new construction.
Profit sharing and sliding scales. 196.11(1)
A public utility may enter into any reasonable arrangement with its consumers or employes, for the division or distribution of its surplus profits, or providing for a sliding scale of charges, or other financial device if the arrangement is:
Practicable and advantageous to the parties interested; and
Entered into by a public utility other than a telecommunications utility and found by the commission to be reasonable and just and consistent with the purposes of this chapter.
Any arrangement under this section shall be under the supervision and regulation of the commission. The commission may order any rate, charge or regulation which the commission deems necessary to give effect to the arrangement. The commission may make any change in a rate, charge or regulation as the commission determines is necessary and reasonable and may revoke its approval and amend or rescind all orders relative to any arrangement. This subsection does not apply to telecommunications cooperatives or telecommunications utilities.
A telecommunications utility may enter into any reasonable arrangement with its consumers or employes, for the division or distribution of its surplus profits, or providing for a sliding scale of charges or other financial device, if the arrangement is practical and advantageous to the parties interested.
Report by public utilities; items. 196.12(1)
Each public utility shall furnish to the commission, in the form and at the time the commission requires, accounts, reports or other information which shows in itemized detail:
Receipts from residuals, by-products, services or other sales.
Any other information whether or not similar to the information under pars. (a)
No public utility operated by a city, village or town having a population of less than 5,000 shall be required to report under this section except as to earnings, operating expenses, including depreciation and maintenance, cost of renewals, extensions and improvements to the property and the nature and amount of service furnished in such detail as the commission deems necessary, except that if the commission conducts any investigation of the public utility upon formal complaint, the commission may require the detailed reports required under sub. (1)