196.857(1g)(e) (e) In cooperation with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, the commission shall investigate the causes of stray voltage on individual farms, recommend to farmers solutions to stray voltage problems and evaluate the effectiveness of on-site technical assistance.
196.857(1m) (1m)Assessments. The commission shall assess annually all of the following amounts to public utilities which produce electricity and which have annual gross operating revenues related to electricity in excess of $100,000,000 in proportion to their respective electric gross operating revenues during the last calendar year, derived from intrastate operations:
196.857(1m)(a) (a) The amount appropriated under s. 20.155 (1) (L), less any amount received under s. 20.155 (1) (Lb) and less any fees received under sub. (2k) and credited to the appropriation under s. 20.155 (1) (L). The amounts received under this paragraph shall be credited to the appropriation made in s. 20.155 (1) (L).
196.857(1m)(b) (b) The amount appropriated under s. 20.115 (3) (j), less any fees received from farmers under sub. (2g) and credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.115 (3) (j). The amounts received under this paragraph shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.115 (3) (j).
196.857(2) (2)Due date. A public utility shall pay the total amount that it is assessed under sub. (1m) within 30 days after it receives a bill for that amount from the commission. The bill constitutes notice of the assessment and demand of payment.
196.857(2g) (2g)Farm services fees. The commission may charge reasonable fees not to exceed $300 per farm for services provided to farmers under this section. The fees shall be in accordance with a standardized schedule of fees established by the commission by rule. The fees collected under this subsection shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.115 (3) (j) in each fiscal year.
196.857(2k) (2k)Other services fees. The commission may charge a reasonable fee for services, other than on-farm site-related services, provided under this section. The fee may not exceed the actual costs of the services. The fees collected under this subsection shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.155 (1) (L) in each fiscal year.
196.857(2m) (2m)Additional investigations. If the commission, at the request of an electric cooperative organized under ch. 185 or any public utility which is not assessed under sub. (1m), conducts an investigation of the causes of stray voltage on any farm receiving electrical service from that electric cooperative or public utility, that electric cooperative or public utility shall pay reasonable fees assessed by the commission in accordance with a standardized schedule of fees established by the commission by rule. The amounts received under this subsection shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.155 (1) (L).
196.857 History History: 1987 a. 27, 399; 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 16; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 27, 35.
196.857 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. PSC 113.0506, Wis. adm. code.
196.857 Annotation PSC findings under this section regarding the level of traditional stray voltage that can harm cows did not prevent plaintiff farmers' alternative theory at trial that non-traditional stray voltage was harming their dairy herd and that traditional stray voltage is not the only kind of electrical current that can harm animals. Hoffmann v. Wisconsin Electric Power Co. 2003 WI 64, 262 Wis. 2d 264, 664 N.W.2d 55, 00-2703.
196.858 196.858 Assessment for telephone relay service.
196.858(1)(1)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. 20.155 (1) (i).
196.858(2) (2)The commission shall assess a sum equal to the annual total amount under sub. (1) to local exchange and interexchange telecommunications utilities in proportion to their gross operating revenues during the last calendar year. If total expenditures for telecommunications 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 account under s. 20.155 (1) (i).
196.858(3) (3)Section 196.85 (3) to (8), as it applies to assessments under s. 196.85 (1) or (2), applies to assessments under this section.
196.858(5) (5)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.
196.858 History History: 1989 a. 336; 1991 a. 39; 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 33; 2017 a. 59.
196.859 196.859 Assessment for telecommunications utility trade practices.
196.859(1)(1)The commission shall annually assess against telecommunications utilities the total of the amount appropriated under s. 20.115 (1) (jm).
196.859(2) (2)The commission shall assess a sum equal to the annual total amount under sub. (1) to 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 telecommunications utility. The bill constitutes notice of the assessment and demand of payment. Payments shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.115 (1) (jm).
196.859(3) (3)Section 196.85 (3) to (8), as it applies to assessments under s. 196.85 (1) or (2), applies to assessments under this section.
196.859(4) (4)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.
196.859 History History: 2009 a. 28.
196.86 196.86 Assessments for air quality improvement program.
196.86(1)(1)In this section:
196.86(1)(a) (a) “Department" means the department of natural resources.
196.86(1)(b) (b) “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.
196.86(1)(c) (c) “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.
196.86(1)(d) (d) “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.
196.86(1)(e) (e) “Midcontinent area" has the meaning given in s. 16.958 (1) (e).
196.86(1)(f) (f) “Transmission area" has the meaning given in s. 196.485 (1) (g).
196.86(2) (2)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.
196.86(3) (3)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.
196.86(4) (4)Section 196.85 (3) to (8), as it applies to assessments under s. 196.85 (1) or (2), applies to assessments under this section.
196.86 History History: 1999 a. 9, 75, 185.
196.91 196.91 Acquisition of existing dams.
196.91(1)(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:
196.91(1)(a) (a) Any dam in or across any navigable waters of this state.
196.91(1)(b) (b) All flowage and other rights and property necessary to the maintenance of any dam under par. (a).
196.91(1)(c) (c) Any undeveloped water power or dam site upon any navigable waters within this state, except as provided under sub. (2).
196.91(2) (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.
196.91 History History: 1983 a. 53; 1985 a. 187.
196.92 196.92 Procedure for acquiring dams.
196.92(1)(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:
196.92(1)(a) (a) The name of any owner of the property sought to be acquired.
196.92(1)(b) (b) The business in connection with which it is desired to utilize the property.
196.92(1)(c) (c) The specific public purpose for which it is proposed to use the property.
196.92(1)(d) (d) The compensation or price to be paid for the property.
196.92(1)(e) (e) 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.
196.92(1)(f) (f) Any other information the commission requires.
196.92(2) (2)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.
196.92(3) (3)
196.92(3)(a)(a) 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.
196.92(3)(b) (b) 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:
196.92(3)(b)1. 1. 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;
196.92(3)(b)2. 2. The applicant possesses the financial ability to utilize the property for its proposed purpose; and
196.92(3)(b)3. 3. Public necessity requires the proposed acquisition and use.
196.92(3)(c) (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.
196.92 History History: 1983 a. 53 ss. 109 to 111, 113.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 7 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-19)