196.025(1)(ag)1. 1. “Renewable resource" has the meaning given in s. 196.374 (1) (j).
196.025(1)(ag)2. 2. “Wholesale supplier" has the meaning given in s. 16.957 (1) (w).
196.025(1)(ar) (ar) Consideration of energy priorities. Except as provided in pars. (b) to (d), to the extent cost-effective, technically feasible and environmentally sound, the commission shall implement the priorities under s. 1.12 (4) in making all energy-related decisions and orders, including strategic energy assessment, rate setting and rule-making orders.
196.025(1)(b) (b) Energy conservation and efficiency.
196.025(1)(b)1.1. In a proceeding in which an investor-owned electric public utility is a party, the commission shall not order or otherwise impose energy conservation or efficiency requirements on the investor-owned electric public utility if the commission has fulfilled all of its duties under s. 196.374 and the investor-owned electric public utility has satisfied the requirements of s. 196.374 for the year prior to commencement of the proceeding, as specified in s. 196.374 (8).
196.025(1)(b)2. 2. In a proceeding in which a wholesale supplier is a party, the commission shall not order or otherwise impose energy conservation or efficiency requirements on the wholesale supplier if the commission has fulfilled all of its duties under s. 196.374 and the wholesale supplier's members are in the aggregate substantially in compliance with s. 196.374 (7).
196.025(1)(c) (c) Renewable resources.
196.025(1)(c)1.1. In a proceeding in which an investor-owned electric public utility is a party, the commission shall not order or otherwise impose any renewable resource requirements on the investor-owned electric public utility if the commission has fulfilled all of its duties under s. 196.378 and the commission has informed the utility under s. 196.378 (2) (c) that, with respect to the most recent report submitted under s. 196.378 (2) (c), the utility is in compliance with the requirements of s. 196.378 (2) (a) 2.
196.025(1)(c)2. 2. In a proceeding in which a wholesale supplier is a party, the commission shall not order or otherwise impose any renewable resource requirements on the wholesale supplier if the commission has fulfilled all of its duties under s. 196.378 and the wholesale supplier's members are in the aggregate substantially in compliance with s. 196.378 (2).
196.025(1)(d) (d) Transmission facilities. In a proceeding regarding a request by a public utility or wholesale supplier to acquire, construct, install, or operate an electric transmission facility or associated equipment, the commission shall not order or otherwise impose requirements on the public utility or wholesale supplier.
196.025(1m) (1m)Transmission corridors. The commission shall implement the policy specified in s. 1.12 (6) in making all decisions, orders, and rules affecting the siting of new electric transmission facilities.
196.025(2) (2)Environmental impacts. The commission shall promulgate rules establishing requirements and procedures for the commission to carry out the duties under s. 1.11. Rules promulgated under this subsection shall include requirements and procedures for the commission to comply with sub. (2m) and for each of the following:
196.025(2)(a) (a) Standards for determining the necessity of preparing an environmental impact statement.
196.025(2)(b) (b) Adequate opportunities for interested persons to be heard on environmental impact statements, including adequate time for the preparation and submission of comments.
196.025(2)(c) (c) Deadlines that allow thorough review of environmental issues without imposing unnecessary delays in addressing the need for additional electric transmission capacity in this state.
196.025(2m) (2m)Coordination with department of natural resources.
196.025(2m)(a)(a) In this subsection:
196.025(2m)(a)1. 1. “Department" means the department of natural resources.
196.025(2m)(a)2. 2. “Project" means a project or construction requiring a certificate under s. 196.49 or 196.491 (3) and requiring a permit or approval from the department.
196.025(2m)(b) (b) The commission and the department shall coordinate the execution of their respective duties under s. 1.11 for any action of the commission or department regarding a project as follows:
196.025(2m)(b)1. 1. If the rules of either the commission or the department require the commission or the department to prepare an environmental impact statement on the project, the commission and the department shall cooperatively prepare an environmental impact statement.
196.025(2m)(b)2. 2. If subd. 1. does not apply and the rules of either the commission or the department require the commission or the department to prepare an environmental assessment on the project, the commission and the department shall cooperatively prepare an environmental assessment.
196.025(2m)(b)3. 3. The environmental impact statement or environmental assessment under subd. 1. or 2. shall include all of the information required for both the commission and the department to carry out their respective duties under s. 1.11.
196.025(2m)(c) (c) Paragraph (b) does not waive any duty of the commission or the department to comply with s. 1.11 or to take any other action required by law regarding a project, except that, in the consideration of alternative locations, sites, or routes for a project, the commission and the department are required to consider only the location, site, or route for the project identified in an application for a certificate under s. 196.49 and no more than one alternative location, site, or route; and, for a project identified in an application for a certificate under s. 196.491 (3), the commission and the department are required to consider only the location, site, or route for the project identified in the application and one alternative location, site, or route.
196.025(3) (3)Reliability reports. The commission shall promulgate rules establishing requirements and procedures for electric utilities, as defined under s. 196.491 (1) (d), to file reports with the commission, on a frequency that the commission determines is reasonably necessary, on their current reliability status, including the status of operating and planning reserves, available transmission capacity and outages of major operational units and transmission lines. A report filed under the rules promulgated under this subsection is subject to inspection and copying under s. 19.35 (1), except that the commission may withhold the report from inspection and copying for a period of time that the commission determines is reasonably necessary to prevent an adverse impact on the supply or price of energy in this state.
196.025(6) (6)Police and fire protection fee.
196.025(6)(a)(a) In this subsection:
196.025(6)(a)1. 1. “Communications provider" means a person that provides communications service.
196.025(6)(a)2. 2. “Communications service" means active retail voice communications service.
196.025(6)(a)3. 3. “Department" means the department of revenue.
196.025(6)(b)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., a communications provider shall collect from each subscriber a monthly fee of $0.75 on each communications service connection with an assigned telephone number, including a communication service provided via a voice over Internet protocol connection. If a communications provider provides multiple communications service connections to a subscriber, the fee required to be collected by the communications provider under this subdivision shall be a separate fee on each of the first 10 connections and one additional fee for each 10 additional connections per billed account. A communications provider may list the fee separately from other charges on a subscriber's bill, and if a communications provider does so, the communications provider shall identify the fee as “police and fire protection fee," or, if the communications provider combines the fee with a charge imposed under s. 256.35 (3), the communications provider shall identify the combined fee and charge as “charge for funding countywide 911 systems plus police and fire protection fee." Any partial payment of a fee by a subscriber shall first be applied to any amount the subscriber owes the communications provider for communications service.
196.025(6)(b)2. 2. A communications provider that offers a prepaid wireless telecommunications plan, or a retailer that offers such a plan on behalf of a communications provider, shall collect from each subscriber or purchaser a fee equal to $0.38 on each retail transaction for such a plan that occurs in this state. A communications provider or retailer may state the amount of the fee separately on a bill for the retail transaction, and if a communications provider or retailer does so, the communications provider or retailer shall identify the fee as “police and fire protection fee."
196.025(6)(c)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., no later than the first calendar month following the calendar month in which a communications provider or retailer receives from a subscriber a fee imposed under par. (b), the communications provider or retailer shall remit the fee to the commission.
196.025(6)(c)2. 2. The commission may contract with the department for the collection of fees imposed under par. (b). If the commission and department enter into such a contract, no later than the first calendar month following the calendar month in which a communications provider or retailer receives from a subscriber a fee imposed under par. (b), the communications provider or retailer shall remit the fee to the department.
196.025(6)(c)3. 3. The commission and department shall deposit all fees remitted under subds. 1. and 2. into the police and fire protection fund.
196.025(6)(cm) (cm) If the commission contracts with the department to collect fees as provided under par. (c) 2., all of the following apply:
196.025(6)(cm)1. 1. The department may require communications providers and retailers to register with the department, file returns with the department, and pay the fees required under this section to the department in the manner and form prescribed by the department, subject to par. (c) 2.
196.025(6)(cm)2.a.a. The department may determine compliance with this section using a field or office audit. Sections 77.59 (1) to (5m), (8), and (8m) and 77.62, as they apply to taxes under subch. III of ch. 77, apply to fees required under this section.
196.025(6)(cm)2.b. b. If, as a result of an audit under subd. 2. a., the department provides a notice to a communications provider or retailer about a fee amount that is due, a refund that is due to the communications provider or retailer, or a refund claim denial, and the communications provider or retailer disagrees with the notice, the communications provider or retailer may petition the department for a redetermination. The petition for redetermination shall be in writing and signed and shall state the facts and reasons for disagreeing with the amount due, refund due, or refund claim denial and include supporting documents. A communications provider or retailer shall mail or transmit by fax machine the petition within 60 days after the department mails the notice of a fee due, a refund, or a refund claim denial. The petition shall be submitted to the address or fax number provided in the notice. A petition that is mailed is considered timely if it is postmarked on or before the date provided in the notice and is received by the department within 5 days of that date.
196.025(6)(cm)2.c. c. Within 6 months of the receipt by the department of a petition for redetermination under subd. 2. b., the department shall notify the communications provider or retailer of its redetermination. The redetermination is final 30 days after mailing unless, within that 30-day period, the communications provider or retailer files an objection to the redetermination with the commission as provided under subd. 2. d.
196.025(6)(cm)2.d. d. Within 30 days after a redetermination under subd. 2. c. is mailed, the communications provider or retailer may file an objection to that redetermination with the commission. The objection shall set out in detail the grounds upon which the communications provider or retailer finds the redetermination to be erroneous. The commission, after providing no less than 10 days' notice to the communications provider or retailer, shall hold a hearing on the objection. After the hearing, the commission shall mail its decision on the objection, including any amount to be paid, by registered mail. If the amount to be paid is not paid within 10 days after the decision has been mailed, the commission or department may bring an action to collect any amount that is due under this section.
196.025(6)(cm)3. 3. A decision of the commission under subd. 2. d. may be reviewed under s. 227.52.
196.025(6)(d) (d) The commission may promulgate rules for administering this subsection.
196.025(6)(e) (e) The commission or the department may bring an action to collect any amount that is required to be remitted under par. (c).
196.025(7) (7)State energy office.
196.025(7)(a)(a) The commission shall do all of the following:
196.025(7)(a)1. 1. In cooperation with the other state agencies, collect, analyze, interpret, and maintain the comprehensive data needed for effective state agency energy planning and effective review of those plans by the governor and the legislature.
196.025(7)(a)2. 2. Administer federal energy grants, when so designated by the governor pursuant to s. 16.54.
196.025(7)(a)3. 3. Prepare and maintain contingency plans for responding to critical energy shortages so that when the shortages occur they can be dealt with quickly and effectively.
196.025(7)(b) (b) The commission may provide technical assistance to units of government other than the state to assist in the planning and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable resources and may charge for those services. The commission may request technical and staff assistance from other state agencies in providing technical assistance to those units of government.
196.025(7)(c) (c) The commission may require a public utility to provide energy billing and use data regarding public schools, if the commission determines that the data is necessary to provide technical assistance in the planning and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable resources in public schools, including those with the highest energy costs.
196.025 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PSC 172, Wis. adm. code.
196.025 Note NOTE: 1993 Wis. Act 414, which creates this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
196.025 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also PSC, Wis. adm. code.
196.026 196.026 Settlements.
196.026(1)(1) All parties to dockets before the commission are encouraged to enter into settlements when possible.
196.026(2) (2) In this section, “docket” means an investigation, proceeding, or other matter opened by a vote of the commission, except for rule making.
196.026(3) (3) Parties to a docket may agree upon some or all of the facts. The agreement shall be evidenced by a written stipulation filed with the commission or entered upon the record. The stipulation shall be regarded and used as evidence in the docket.
196.026(4) (4) Parties to a docket may agree upon a resolution of some or all of the issues. When a written settlement agreement is proposed by some of the parties, those parties shall submit to the commission the settlement agreement and any documents, testimony, or exhibits, including record citations if there is a record, and any other matters those parties consider relevant to the proposed settlement and serve a copy of the settlement agreement upon all parties to the docket.
196.026(5) (5) If a proposed settlement agreement is not supported by all parties, the settling parties shall convene at least one conference with notice and opportunity to participate provided to all parties for the purpose of discussing the proposed settlement agreement. A nonsettling party may waive its right to the conference provided in this subsection.
196.026(6) (6) Within 30 days of service of a settlement agreement under sub. (4), each party to the docket shall respond in writing by filing and serving on all parties the party's agreement, objection, or nonobjection to the settlement agreement. Failure to respond in writing within 30 days of service, unless a different time is set by the commission for good cause, shall constitute nonobjection to the settlement agreement. A party objecting to a settlement agreement shall state all objections with particularity and shall specify how the party would be adversely affected by each provision of the settlement agreement to which the party objects.
196.026(7) (7) The commission may approve a settlement agreement under sub. (4) if all of following conditions are met:
196.026(7)(a) (a) All of the following have been given a reasonable opportunity to present evidence and arguments in opposition to the settlement agreement:
196.026(7)(a)1. 1. Each party that has filed an objection or nonobjection to the settlement agreement under sub. (6).
196.026(7)(a)2. 2. Each party whose failure to respond in writing constitutes a nonobjection to the settlement agreement under sub. (6).
196.026(7)(b) (b) The commission finds that the public interest is adequately represented by the parties who entered into the settlement agreement.
196.026(7)(c) (c) The commission finds that the settlement agreement represents a fair and reasonable resolution to the docket, is supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole, and complies with applicable law, including that any rates resulting from the settlement agreement are just and reasonable.
196.026(8) (8) The commission may approve a settlement agreement under sub. (4) in whole or in part and with conditions deemed necessary by the commission. If the settlement agreement does not resolve all of the issues in the docket, the commission shall decide the remaining issues in accordance with applicable law and procedure.
196.026 History History: 2017 a. 136.
196.027 196.027 Environmental trust financing.
196.027(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
196.027(1)(a) (a) “Ancillary agreement" means any bond insurance policy or other financial arrangement entered into in connection with the issuance of environmental trust bonds.
196.027(1)(b) (b) “Assignee" means any person to which an interest in environmental control property is sold, assigned, transferred, or conveyed and any successor to such a person.
196.027(1)(c) (c) “Energy utility" means a public utility engaged in the transmission, delivery, or furnishing of natural gas by means of pipes or mains or of heat, light, or power.
196.027(1)(d) (d) “Environmental control activity" means any of the following:
196.027(1)(d)1. 1. The construction, installation, or otherwise putting into place of environmental control equipment in connection with an energy utility plant that, before March 30, 2004, has been used to provide service to customers.
196.027(1)(d)2. 2. The retiring of any existing plant, facility, or other property to reduce, control, or eliminate environmental pollution in accordance with federal or state law.
196.027(1)(e) (e) “Environmental control charge" means a charge paid by customers of an energy utility or its successors for the energy utility to recover environmental control costs and financing costs.
196.027(1)(f) (f) “Environmental control cost" means capital cost, including capitalized cost relating to regulatory assets, incurred or expected to be incurred by an energy utility in undertaking an environmental control activity and, with respect to an environmental control activity described in par. (d) 2., includes the unrecovered value of property that is retired, including any demolition or similar cost that exceeds the salvage value of the property. “Environmental control cost" does not include any monetary penalty, fine, or forfeiture assessed against an energy utility by a government agency or court under a federal or state environmental statute, rule, or regulation.
196.027(1)(g) (g) “Environmental control equipment" means any device, equipment, structure, process, facility, or technology, owned or controlled by an energy utility, that is designed for the primary purpose of preventing, reducing, or remediating environmental pollution.
196.027(1)(h) (h) “Environmental control property" means all of the following:
196.027(1)(h)1. 1. The right specified in a financing order to impose, collect, or receive environmental control charges, or to obtain adjustments to such charges as provided in this section, and any interest in such right.
196.027(1)(h)2. 2. All revenues and proceeds arising from the right and interests specified in subd. 1.
196.027(1)(i) (i) “Environmental pollution" means the contamination or rendering unclean or impure of the air, land, or waters of the state, or the making of the same injurious to public health, harmful for commercial or recreational use, or deleterious to animal or plant life.
196.027(1)(j) (j) “Environmental trust bonds" means bonds, debentures, notes, certificates of participation, certificates of beneficial interest, certificates of ownership, or other evidences of indebtedness that are issued by an energy utility or an assignee, the proceeds of which are used directly or indirectly to recover, finance, or refinance environmental control costs and financing costs, and that are secured by or payable from environmental control property.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 136 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before February 3, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after February 3, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 2-3-18)