Nonessential uses of natural gas. PSC 136.05(1)(1)
A utility or other person shall not install, connect, or cause to be installed or connected to the distribution system any device which constitutes a nonessential use of natural gas, in accordance with sub. (3)
, unless such device has been received by any person prior to the effective date of this rule, including item inventories held by retailers and wholesalers.
For purposes of determining a nonessential use of natural gas, the public service commission shall consider the following criteria:
Availability and reasonableness of alternative fuel to provide a substitute service;
In accordance with the preceding criteria, the use of natural gas in the following devices or for the following purposes is considered to be nonessential:
Residential swimming pool heaters, unless provided with a passive solar blanket which covers the entire surface of the pool or an active solar system which uses a solar collector with a surface area of at least 50% of the pool's surface area; and
Heating areas containing swimming pools, porches, workshops, garages or other areas of marginal or seasonal use unless insulated to energy conservation standards as specified in chs. SPS 322
The rule designating a nonessential use of natural gas may be modified or waived by the commission for reasons of health, safety or unusual hardship.
PSC 136.05 Note
This section is unenforceable due to the repeal of s. 196.97, Stats., by 2011 Wis. Act 154
and will be repealed.
PSC 136.05 History
Cr. Register, February, 1980, No. 290
, eff. 3-1-80; am. (3) (c), Register, January, 1982, No. 313
, eff. 2-1-82; am. (3) (c), r. (3) (d), renum. (3) (e) to be (3) (d), Register, March, 1982, No. 315
, eff. 4-1-82; correction in (3) (d) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, December 2003, No. 576
; correction in (3) (d) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register February 2012 No. 674
Conservation standards for conversion of an existing residential structure to an electric spaceheating system. PSC 136.06(1)(1)
The provisions of this section shall apply only to those investor-owned utilities set forth below:
Nothing in s. PSC 136.06
shall preclude special and individual consideration being given to exceptional or unusual situations. The rule may be modified or waived by the public service commission in particular cases whenever it is shown to be impracticable for special reasons. Upon due investigation of the facts and circumstances involved and after hearing if required, the commission may order requirements as to individual utilities or service which shall be lesser, greater, other, or different from those provided in the rules of this section.
Before electric spaceheating service may be furnished to an existing residential structure converting to an electric spaceheating system, each utility listed in sub. (1)
shall perform an energy audit and require that the following conservation standards be met:
(a) Ceiling or attic.
If the structure has ceiling or attic insulating material with insulation value less than R-19, the customer shall install insulation to a level of R-38. If inadequate space exists between ceiling and roof to install insulation to the level of R-38, then the customer shall install as much insulation as space permits.
PSC 136.06 Note
Note: If the structure's ceiling or attic is insulated to a value of not less than R-11 and the customer chooses to add batt insulation, the additional insulation need only have a value of R-19.
(b) Sill box.
Sill box area insulation shall be installed to a level of R-19, unless physically impractical.
In accessible areas, floor insulation over vented crawl spaces or unheated basements shall be installed to a level of R-19. In heated crawl spaces, insulation with an R factor of 5 shall be installed on the walls.
(d) Unheated areas.
In unheated areas, insulation shall be installed on all heating ducts, cold air returns, and hot water pipes.
(f) Outside doors.
Each door exposed to the outside atmosphere shall have a storm door or equivalent insulated door.
(g) Weatherstripping and caulking.
Weatherstripping shall be installed on all movable doors and windows exposed to an unheated space. Caulking shall be installed whenever two different materials or parts of a structure meet, such as areas around chimney openings, around windows and doors, and similar areas.
(h) Side walls.
Where no insulation exists in accessible outside walls, side wall insulation of R-11 shall be installed.
A free ventilating area of not less than 1/300 of the horizontal area shall be installed above ceiling or attic insulation.
PSC 136.06 Note
Note: One-half of venting near the eaves and the other half near the top of the roof is recommended. Where no vapor barrier is present, a free ventilating area of not less than 1/150 of the horizontal area is recommended.
For existing residential structures unable to meet the conversion standards required by this section, other methods of energy conservation may be substituted if the energy savings are equivalent. Substitutions shall be based on heat loss calculations performed by the utility.
PSC 136.06 History
Cr. Register, February, 1985, No. 350
, eff. 3-1-85.
PSC 136.10 Disconnection or refusal of service.
Gas or electric service may be disconnected or refused for failure to comply with the regulations contained in this chapter as specified in ss. PSC 113.0301
. If a customer has converted without notifying the appropriate utility and has failed to comply with the requirements of s. PSC 136.06
, the utility may allow the customer not more than 6 months to comply with those requirements.
PSC 136.10 History
Emerg. cr. eff. 11-1-79; cr. Register, February, 1980, No. 290
, eff. 3-1-80; am. Register, February, 1985, No. 350
, eff. 3-1-85; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, December 2003, No. 576