Register January 2017 No. 733
Chapter PSC 133
CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION, AND PLACING
IN OPERATION OF FACILITIES BY GAS UTILITIES
When commission authorization or notification is required.
Information to be included in an application.
Service in annexed areas.
Ch. PSC 133 Note
Note: Chapter PSC 133 as it existed on February 28, 1959 was repealed and a new chapter PSC 133 was created effective March 1, 1959.
Nothing in this chapter precludes the commission from giving individual consideration to exceptional or unusual situations or, upon investigation of the facts and circumstances involved, adopting requirements as to an individual gas public utility or service which may be lesser, greater, other than, or different from those provided in this chapter.
(2) Emergency action.
In case of emergency, where public interest requires immediate action without waiting for compliance with the specific terms of this chapter, immediate corrective action may be taken by a gas public utility. This action shall be subject to review by the commission.
This chapter shall be enforced in the manner prescribed in ss. 196.49 (6)
, Stats., and by other means as provided in statutory sections administered by the commission.
PSC 133.01 History
Cr. Register, February, 1959, No. 38
, eff. 3-1-59; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, September, 1997, No. 501
; CR 06-046
: r. (1) Register April 2007 No. 616
, eff. 5-1-07; CR 07-020
: r. (2) to (4), cr. (1) and (3), renum. (5) to be (2) and am. Register October 2007, No. 622
, eff. 11-1-07.
PSC 133.02 Definitions.
In this chapter:
“Annexation" means the transfer of territory from one municipality to another by any means authorized by law, including annexations, detachments, attachments, and boundary agreements.
“Certificate of authority" means a certificate issued by the commission under s. 196.49
“Commission" means the public service commission.
“Department" means the department of natural resources.
“Gas" means any gas or mixtures of gases suitable for domestic or industrial fuel that is transmitted or distributed to the public through a gas pipeline system, including natural gas, manufactured gas, and liquefied petroleum gas distributed as a vapor with or without mixture of air.
“Gas pipeline" means any conduit for the conveyance of gas.
“Master meter system" means a gas pipeline system for distributing gas within, but not limited to, a definable area, such as a mobile home park, housing project, or apartment complex, where the operator purchases metered gas from an outside source for resale through a gas distribution pipeline system that supplies the ultimate consumer who either purchases the gas directly through a meter or by other means such as rents.
“Mixing unit" means any apparatus designed to mix gas with air or other gas.
“Plant" means all equipment, property, or facilities includible in the utility plant accounts under the uniform system of accounts prescribed by the commission for gas public utilities.
“Principal gas manufacturing unit" means any plant that is capable of generating or manufacturing gas with or without connection to any auxiliary apparatus.
“Territorial agreement" means an agreement between 2 or more gas public utilities designating gas service areas within a municipality for each of the signatory utilities.
PSC 133.02 History
Cr. Register, February, 1959, No. 38
, eff. 3-1-59; CR 07-020
: cr. (intro.), (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (7), (8) and (14), renum. (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) to be (6), (9), (10), (11) and (12) and am. Register October 2007 No. 622
, eff. 11-1-07.
PSC 133.03 When commission authorization or notification is required. PSC 133.03(1)
Construction, installation, or use.
Except as provided in s. PSC 133.07 (2m)
, a gas public utility shall obtain a certificate of authority before constructing, installing, or placing in operation any of the following:
Plant for furnishing service in a municipality in which the utility has not been authorized to serve by the commission.
A production, mixing, standby, peak shaving, or storage plant or a principal gas manufacturing or mixing unit or any equipment designed to materially change the rated or nominal output characteristics of such a plant or unit.
Plant installed for use as intrastate pipeline facilities to deliver gas to another gas public utility, an interstate or intrastate gas pipeline company, or a cooperative association.
A new or altered existing plant for the purpose of bringing in a new type of gas or to supply a different type of gas to the public, as described in s. 196.49 (5) (a)
A single gas pipeline project and associated plant, or any plant or addition to plant the cost of which exceeds the cost threshold specified in
s. 196.49 (5g) (ar)
, Stats., as revised under subd. 2.
, except for any of the following:
Gas pipelines and associated plant ordered to be relocated or modified to accommodate highway or airport construction.
Beginning on May 1, 2014, and on May 1 of each successive even-numbered year thereafter, the commission shall adjust the cost thresholds in s. 196.49 (5g) (ar)
, Stats., to reflect changes to the cost of gas utility construction based on the applicable industry cost index numbers published in the “Handy-Whitman Index of Public Utility Construction Costs."
The commission shall notify all gas utilities of the resulting adjusted cost limits by May 15 of each even-numbered year and shall publicize the adjusted cost limits on the commission's website. If the Handy-Whitman Index is no longer available, an equivalent successor index may be used which is generally recognized by the gas industry and acceptable to the commission.
PSC 133.03 Note
Note: The commission maintains or has access to the Handy-Whitman Index of Public Utility Construction Costs and this reference or a copy may be reviewed by contacting the commission's offices.
A gas pipeline or plant in a newly created municipality or newly annexed or consolidated area, unless the utility already owns service facilities in the area and the exclusive right to serve a specified part or area has been established.
(2) Change in gas.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, a gas public utility shall obtain a certificate of authority before doing any of the following:
Changing the heating value or specific gravity of the gas normally supplied to customers in excess of variation permitted in s. PSC 134.21
(b) Paragraph (a)
does not apply when a gas public utility uses cylinders of gas in order to keep customers in service temporarily during repairs, replacements, or modifications to the gas distribution system.
Unless a gas public utility is required to obtain a certificate of authority, it shall notify the commission of any of the following projects using the notification procedure in par. (b)
Connection of service to a customer that appears to be a master meter system operator.
Making a new connection to an interstate or intrastate gas pipeline.
A gas public utility desiring to proceed with a project identified under par. (a)
shall file a notification with the commission at least 15 days, or as soon as practicable, before it intends to begin construction of the project. The notification shall include a brief description and location of the project.
PSC 133.03 History
Cr. Register, February, 1959, No. 38
, eff. 3-1-59; renum. (1) (g) to (i) to be (h) to (j) and am. (1) (h) and (i), cr. (1) (g), Register, December, 1984, No. 348
, eff. 1-1-85; CR 07-020
: cr. (2) (b) and (3), r. and recr. (1) and (2) (intro.), am. (1) (a), r. (1) (b), (e), (g) and (i), renum. (1) (c), (d), (f), (h) and (j) to be (1) (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) and am., renum. (2) (a) and (d) to be (2) (a) 1. and 2. and am. Register October 2007 No. 622
, eff. 11-1-07; CR14-053
: renum. (1) (e) to (1) (e) 1. and am. (intro.), cr. (1) (e) 2., 3. Register April 2015 No. 712
, eff. 5-1-15; CR 15-003
: am. (1) (intro.), (2) (b), (3) (a) (intro.), (b) Register September 2015 No. 717
, eff. 10-1-15; correction in (1) (e) 1., 2. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2017 No. 733
PSC 133.04 Information to be included in an application.
An application for a certificate of authority shall include all of the following, as applicable:
A description or plan of the project including:
Detailed maps clearly showing the location of the proposed or existing route with the pipe sizes, valve locations, and any proposed or existing regulation facilities and associated equipment or apparatus.
The estimated cost and proposed method of financing, including an economic analysis of the proposed project.
The purpose and necessity of the project with supporting data, including an analysis of the alternatives found in s. 1.12 (4)
The effect of the project on cost of operation and on quality, reliability, and quantity of service.
(5) Existing plant.
A description and the value of any plant being replaced or retired as a result of the proposed project.
A description of alternatives considered, including alternate routes and any alternative solutions, the associated costs for each alternative, and an explanation of the reasons for selecting the proposed project over the alternatives.