The commission shall annually assess against local exchange and interexchange telecommunications utilities the total, not to exceed $5,000,000, of the amounts appropriated under s. 20.505 (4) (is)
The commission shall assess a sum equal to the annual total to local exchange and interexchange telecommunications utilities in proportion to their gross operating revenues during the last calendar year. If total expenditures for telephone relay service exceeded the payment made under this section in the prior year, the commission shall charge the remainder to assessed telecommunications utilities in proportion to their gross operating revenues during the last calendar year. A telecommunications utility shall pay the assessment within 30 days after the bill has been mailed to the assessed telecommunication utility. The bill constitutes notice of the assessment and demand of payment. Payments shall be credited to the appropriation under s. 20.505 (4) (is)
A telecommunications utility may not recover the assessment under this section by billing a customer for the assessment on a separate line in a billing statement.
History: 1989 a. 336
; 1991 a. 39
Assessments for air quality improvement program. 196.86(1)(a)
"Department" means the department of natural resources.
"Electric public utility affiliate" means a public utility affiliate, as defined in s. 196.795 (1) (L)
, that sells electricity in this state and owns electric generating facilities in the transmission area.
"Heat throughput ratio" means the result obtained by dividing the total heat throughput of all electric generating facilities that use fossil fuel of an individual electric public utility affiliate by the total heat throughput of all electric generating facilities that use fossil fuel of all electric public utility affiliates.
"Initial compliance date" means the date specified in a notice by the department of natural resources under s. 285.48 (2)
by which electric generating facilities in the midcontinent area of this state are required to comply with initial nitrogen oxide emission reduction requirements.
If the department of natural resources makes a notification to the commission under s. 285.48 (2)
, the commission shall assess against electric public utility affiliates a total of $2,400,000, or a decreased amount specified in a notice by the department of natural resources under s. 285.48 (3) (d) 3.
, in each fiscal year of the 10-year period that commences on July 1 of the fiscal year ending before the initial compliance date. An assessment in a fiscal year against an electric public utility affiliate under this subsection shall be in an amount that is proportionate to the electric public utility affiliate's heat throughput ratio for the prior fiscal year.
An electric public utility affiliate shall pay an assessment required under sub. (2)
within 30 days after the commission has mailed a bill for the assessment. The bill constitutes notice of the assessment and demand of payment. Payments shall be deposited in the air quality improvement fund.
History: 1999 a. 9
Acquisition of existing dams. 196.91(1)
Except as provided under s. 196.92 (3) (c)
, every domestic corporation lawfully engaged in the business of producing, transmitting, delivering or furnishing heat, light, water or power to or for the public may acquire, for the purpose of developing power and generating energy for public use in the business:
Any dam in or across any navigable waters of this state.
All flowage and other rights and property necessary to the maintenance of any dam under par. (a)
Any undeveloped water power or dam site upon any navigable waters within this state, except as provided under sub. (2)
No award in any condemnation proceedings authorized by sub. (1)
shall be effective, and no corporation may purchase or otherwise acquire any property under sub. (1)
until it obtains from the commission a certificate that public convenience and necessity require the acquisition of the property, at the amount fixed by the award or agreed upon with the owner of the property.
History: 1983 a. 53
; 1985 a. 187
Procedure for acquiring dams. 196.92(1)
If a corporation under s. 196.91 (1)
desires to purchase or acquire any property under s. 196.91
, the corporation shall apply to the commission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity. The application shall state:
The name of any owner of the property sought to be acquired.
The business in connection with which it is desired to utilize the property.
The specific public purpose for which it is proposed to use the property.
The compensation or price to be paid for the property.
A statement to the effect that the corporation agrees to cancel all contracts for the sale of hydroelectric power outside this state, if the commission finds that the contract interferes with adequate service and reasonable rates to the people of this state.
Any other information the commission requires.
If the commission receives an application under sub. (1)
, the commission shall fix a convenient time and place for a public hearing on the application. The time may not be more than 8 weeks from the date of filing the application. The commission shall give notice of the time and place to the applicant. Prior to the hearing the applicant shall publish the time and place as a class 3 notice, under ch. 985
. Not less than 20 days prior to that date, the applicant shall serve notice of the hearing upon any owner of the property personally, or by registered mail, if the post-office address of the owner, by due diligence, can be ascertained. Proof of the publication and service of the notice shall be filed with the commission.
At a hearing under this section or any adjournment of the hearing, the commission shall consider the application and shall receive the evidence offered by the applicant and any other person for or against the application.
The commission may issue a certificate that public convenience and necessity require the utilization of the property as proposed by the applicant if the commission finds that:
The acquisition and use of the property in connection with the business of the applicant for the purpose or purposes and at the price or compensation set forth in the application would be a public convenience;
The applicant possesses the financial ability to utilize the property for its proposed purpose; and
Public necessity requires the proposed acquisition and use.
(c) Section 196.91
shall not apply to the acquisition of flowage rights necessary for the improvement or development of dams or dam sites previously acquired.
History: 1983 a. 53
Nonessential uses of natural gas. 196.97(1)
No gas utility doing business in this state or other person may install, connect or cause to be installed or connected to the distribution system any device which constitutes a nonessential use of natural gas, unless such devices have been ordered and received by any person prior to the effective date of each rule specifying a nonessential use of natural gas under sub. (2)
, including item inventories held by retailers or wholesalers.
The commission shall, by rule, specify criteria for determining a nonessential use of natural gas for purposes of this section. The commission shall, by rule, specify each nonessential use of natural gas under this section. The commission may review any nonessential use of natural gas specified under this subsection at any time. Every rule promulgated under this subsection shall be transmitted to the joint committee for review of administrative rules for review by the joint committee.
The commission may make rules as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of and to enforce this section. The commission shall provide for exemptions for nonessential uses of natural gas for reasons of health, safety or unusual hardship.
Any person who violates this section or any rule promulgated under this section shall be subject to a forfeiture of not more than $400 for each day of violation.
History: 1977 c. 369
; 1979 c. 154
Local access and transport area boundaries. 196.975(1)(1)
One hundred fifty or more consumers, as defined in s. 196.213 (1) (a) 1.
, who are residents of the same local exchange area for telecommunications service may file with the commission a petition requesting that commission staff, in cooperation with the affected telecommunications utilities and telecommunications carriers, petition the appropriate federal district court to include their local exchange area in a different local access and transport area. The petitioners shall include with the petition information explaining why the current boundaries of the local access and transport area which includes their local exchange area does not adequately reflect areas of common social, economic and other concerns.
After receiving a petition under sub. (1)
, the commission shall schedule a public hearing, to be held in the local exchange area of the petitioners, serving to receive testimony on the contents of the petition and any other matters deemed relevant by the commission. The commission shall publish a class 1 notice under ch. 985
in a newspaper serving the local exchange area at least 20 days prior to the hearing.
If, after the hearing under sub. (2)
, the commission determines that there is sufficient evidence that current boundaries of the local access and transport area does not adequately reflect areas of common social, economic and other concerns and that there is substantial public support within the local exchange area to include the area in a different local access and transport area, the commission shall direct its staff, in cooperation with the affected telecommunications utilities and telecommunications carriers to petition the appropriate federal district court to revise the local access and transport area boundaries. All of the commission's expenses of petitioning the federal court shall be paid by the commission from its appropriation under s. 20.155 (1) (g)
History: 1985 a. 297
; 1993 a. 496
Water reporting required.
The commission shall ensure that each public utility to which s. 281.35
applies shall comply with the requirements of that section and shall report its volume and rate of withdrawal, as defined under s. 281.35 (1) (m)
, and its volume and rate of water loss, as defined under s. 281.35 (1) (L)
, if any, to the commission in the form and at the times specified by the department of natural resources. The commission shall provide the information reported under this section to the department of natural resources.
History: 1985 a. 60
; 1995 a. 227