30.44 (3m) (title) Utility facilities
; high-voltage transmission lines.
30.44 (3m) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
30.44 (3m) (a) A person shall apply to and receive a permit from the board before constructing, modifying or relocating a utility facility or high-voltage transmission line that is in the riverway.
30.44 (3m) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
30.44 (3m) (b) A person may not be issued a permit for an activity in par. (a) unless the performance standard in par. (c) is met and, for a high-voltage transmission line, the board finds that the activity will not impair, to the extent practicable, the scenic beauty or natural value of the riverway.
30.44 (3m) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
30.44 (3m) (d) The use of an aboveground utility facility shall not be a basis for the board to determine that all reasonable efforts will not be taken to minimize the visual impact. The board may not require a high-voltage transmission line to be placed underground in order to make the finding specified in par. (b).
30.45 (1r) of the statutes is amended to read:
30.45 (1r) No person may construct, modify or relocate a high-voltage transmission line unless it has been approved under s. 30.44 (3m) or 196.491 (3) (d) 3m.
32.02 (5) of the statutes is renumbered 32.02 (5) (b) and amended to read:
32.02 (5) (b) Any Wisconsin corporation engaged in the business of transmitting or furnishing heat, power or electric light for the public or any foreign transmission provider for the construction and location of its lines or for ponds or reservoirs or any dam, dam site, flowage rights or undeveloped water power.
32.02 (5) (a) of the statutes is created to read:
32.02 (5) (a) "Foreign transmission provider" means a foreign corporation that satisfies each of the following:
1. The foreign corporation is an independent system operator, as defined in s. 196.485 (1) (d), or an independent transmission owner, as defined in s. 196.485 (1) (dm), that is approved by the applicable federal agency, as defined in s. 196.485 (1) (c).
2. The foreign corporation controls transmission facilities, as defined in s. 196.485 (1) (h), in this and another state.
32.03 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
32.03 (5) (a) If an electric utility is required to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the public service commission under s. 196.491 (3), no right to acquire real estate or personal property appurtenant thereto or interest therein for such project by condemnation shall accrue or exist under s. 32.02 or 32.075 (2) until such a certificate of public convenience and necessity has been issued.
32.03 (5) (b) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
32.03 (5) (b) 1. Such a limited interest does not run for more than 3 years; and
32.03 (5) (b) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
32.03 (5) (b) 2. Activities associated with such tests or studies will be conducted at reasonable hours with minimal disturbance, and the property will be reasonably restored to its former state, upon completion of such tests or studies; and.
32.03 (5) (b) 3. of the statutes is repealed.
32.06 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
32.06 (7) Petition for condemnation proceedings. If the jurisdictional offer is not accepted within the periods limited in sub. (6) or the owner fails to consummate an acceptance as provided in sub. (6), the condemnor may present a verified petition to the circuit court for the county in which the property to be taken is located, for proceedings to determine the necessity of taking, where such determination is required, and the amount of just compensation. The petition shall state that the jurisdictional offer required by sub. (3) has been made and rejected; that it is the intention of the condemnor in good faith to use the property or right therein for the specified purpose. It shall name the parties having an interest of record in the property as near as may be and shall name the parties who are minors or persons of unsound mind or unknown. The petition may not disclose the amount of the jurisdictional offer, and if it does so it is a nullity. The petition shall be filed with the clerk of the court. Notice of the petition shall be given as provided in s. 32.05 (4) to all persons having an interest of record in the property, including the special guardian appointed for minors or incompetent persons. A lis pendens shall be filed on the date of filing the petition. The date of filing the lis pendens is the "date of evaluation" of the property for the purpose of fixing just compensation, except that if the property is to be used in connection with the construction of a facility, as defined under s. 196.491 (1), the "date of evaluation" is the date that the first advance plan identifying the property as a site or route under s. 196.491 (2) (a) 3. is filed with the public service commission, or the date which is 2 years prior to the date on which the certificate of public convenience and necessity is issued for the facility, whichever is earlier. The hearing on the petition may not be earlier than 20 days after the date of its filing unless the petitioner acquired possession of the land under s. 32.12 (1) in which event this hearing is not necessary. If the petitioner is entitled to condemn the property or any portion of it, the judge immediately shall assign the matter to the chairperson of the county condemnation commissioners for hearing under s. 32.08. An order by the judge determining that the petitioner does not have the right to condemn or refusing to assign the matter to the chairperson of the county condemnation commissioners may be appealed directly to the court of appeals.
32.07 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
32.07 (1) A certificate of public convenience and necessity issued under s. 196.491 (3) shall constitute the determination of the necessity of the taking for any lands or interests described in the certificate.
32.07 (1m) of the statutes is repealed.
32.075 (3) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
32.075 (3) (a) 2. The public service commission revokes a certificate of public convenience and necessity required under s. 196.491 (3) (a) 1. or finds that a state or federal agency has denied or revoked any license, permit, certificate or other requirement on which completion of the public utility's project for which the land was condemned is contingent or that the public utility has for any other reason abandoned a project for which the condemned property was acquired.
32.09 (2m) of the statutes is amended to read:
32.09 (2m) In determining just compensation for property sought to be condemned in connection with the construction of facilities, as defined under s. 196.491 (1) (e), any increase in the market value of such property occurring after the date of evaluation but before the date upon which the lis pendens is filed under s. 32.06 (7) shall be considered and allowed to the extent it is caused by factors other than the planned facility.
66.073 (10) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 66.073 (10).
66.073 (10) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
86.16 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
86.16 (1) Any person, firm or corporation, including any foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state may, subject to ss. 30.44 (3m), 30.45,
and 196.491 (3) (d) 3m. and 196.492, with the written consent of the department with respect to state trunk highways, and with the written consent of local authorities with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, including connecting highways, construct and operate telegraph, telephone or electric lines, or pipes or pipelines for the purpose of transmitting messages, water, heat, light or power along, across or within the limits of the highway.
182.017 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
182.017 (1) Right-of-way for. Any domestic corporation organized to furnish telegraph or telecommunications service or transmit heat, power or electric current to the public or for public purposes, and any
an independent system operator, as defined in s. 196.485 (1) (d), an independent transmission owner, as defined in s. 196.485 (1) (dm), or a cooperative association organized under ch. 185 to furnish telegraph or telecommunications service or transmit heat, power or electric current to its members, may, subject to ss. 30.44 (3m), 30.45, 86.16, and 196.491 (3) (d) 3m. and 196.492 and to reasonable regulations made by any city, village or town through which its transmission lines or systems may pass, construct and maintain such lines or systems with all necessary appurtenances in, across or beneath any public highway or bridge or any stream or body of water, or upon any lands of any owner consenting thereto, and for such purpose may acquire lands or the necessary easements; and may connect and operate its lines or system with other lines or systems devoted to like business, within or without this state, and charge reasonable rates for the transmission and delivery of messages or the furnishing of heat, power or electric light.
196.03 (5m) of the statutes is created to read:
196.03 (5m) The commission shall promulgate rules establishing requirements and procedures for the commission, in setting rates for retail electric service, to reflect the assignment of costs and the treatment of revenues from sales to customers outside this state that the public utility does not have a duty to serve.
196.24 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.24 (3) The commission may conduct any number of investigations contemporaneously through different agents, and may delegate to any agent the authority to take testimony bearing upon any investigation or at any hearing. The decision of the commission shall comply with s. 227.46 and shall be based upon its records and upon the evidence before it, except that, notwithstanding s. 227.46 (4), a decision maker may hear a case or read or review the record of a case if the record includes a synopsis or summary of the testimony and other evidence presented at the hearing that is prepared by the commission staff. Parties shall have an opportunity to demonstrate to a decision maker that a synopsis or summary prepared under this subsection is not sufficiently complete or accurate to fairly reflect the relevant and material testimony or other evidence presented at a hearing.
196.377 (title) of the statutes is created to read:
196.377 (title) Renewable energy sources.
196.377 of the statutes is renumbered 196.377 (1).
196.377 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
196.377 (2) Eastern Wisconsin utilities. (a) In this subsection:
1. "Eastern Wisconsin utility" means a public utility, other than a municipal utility that, on the effective date of this subdivision .... [revisor inserts date], provided retail electric service to customers in the geographic area of the state that was served by the reliability council on that date.
2. "Municipality" means a city, town or village.
3. "Municipal utility" means a public utility that is a municipality or that is wholly owned or operated by a municipality.
4. "Reliability council" means the Mid-America Interconnected Network, Inc., reliability council of the North American Electric Reliability Council.
(b) Except as provided in par. (d), no later than December 31, 2000, each eastern Wisconsin utility shall construct or procure, on a competitive basis, the construction of an aggregate total of 50 megawatts of new electric capacity in this state that is, to the satisfaction of the commission, generated from renewable energy sources. Each eastern Wisconsin utility shall construct or procure the construction of a share of the aggregate total required under this paragraph that corresponds to the utility's share, as determined by the commission, of the aggregate demand for electricity that is supplied by the utilities in this state.
(c) An eastern Wisconsin utility may procure the construction required under par. (a) by issuing requests for proposals no later than September 30, 1998.
(d) The commission may allow an eastern Wisconsin utility to comply with the requirements under par. (b) by a date that is later than December 31, 2000, if the commission determines that the later date is necessary due to circumstances beyond the utility's control.
(e) Any new electric capacity that is generated from a wind power project for which an eastern Wisconsin utility has received a proposal before the effective date of this paragraph .... [revisor inserts date], may be counted in determining whether the utility has satisfied the requirements under par. (b).
(f) The commission shall allow an eastern Wisconsin utility to recover in its retail electric rates any costs that are prudently incurred by the utility in complying with the requirements under par. (b).
196.39 of the statutes is renumbered 196.39 (1) and amended to read:
196.39 (1) The commission at any time, on its own motion or upon motion of an interested party, and upon notice to the public utility and after opportunity to be heard, may rescind, alter or amend any order fixing rates, tolls, charges or schedules, or any other order made by the commission, and may reopen any case following the issuance of an order in the case, for any reason.
(3) Any order rescinding, altering, amending or reopening a prior order shall have the same effect as an original order.
(4) Within 30 days after service of an order, the commission may correct an error or omission in the order related to transcription, typing or calculation without hearing if the correction does not alter the intended effect of the order.
196.39 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
196.39 (2) An interested party may request the reopening of a case under s. 227.49.
196.485 of the statutes is created to read:
196.485 Independent system operator.
(1) Definitions. In this section:
(a) "Affiliated interest of a person" means any of the following:
1. Any person owning or holding directly or indirectly 5% or more of the voting securities of the person.
2. Any person in any chain of successive ownership of 5% or more of voting securities of the person.
3. Any corporation 5% or more of whose voting securities is owned by any person owning 5% or more of the voting securities of the person or by any person in any chain of successive ownership of 5% or more of the voting securities of the person.
4. Any person who is an officer or director of the person or of any corporation in any chain of successive ownership of 5% or more of the voting securities of the person.
5. Any corporation operating a servicing organization for furnishing supervisory, construction, engineering, accounting, legal or similar services to the person, which corporation has one or more officers or one or more directors in common with the person, and any other corporation which has directors in common with the person if the number of directors of the corporation is more than one-third of the total number of the person's directors.
6. Any subsidiary of the person.
(b) "Cooperative" means a cooperative association organized under ch. 185.
(c) "Federal agency" means, with respect to a transmission utility that is a cooperative, the rural utilities service and, with respect to a transmission utility that is a public utility, the federal energy regulatory commission.
(d) "Independent system operator" means an independent system operator that requires the approval of a federal agency to operate transmission facilities in this state or a region.
(dm) "Independent transmission owner" means a person that satisfies each of the following:
1. The person does not own electric generation facilities or does not sell electric generation capacity or energy in a market within the geographic area that, on December 31, 1997, was served by the Mid-America Interconnected Network, Inc., Mid-Continent Area Power Pool, East Central Area Reliability Coordination Agreement or Southwest Power Pool reliability council of the North American Electric Reliability Council.
3. The person is not an affiliated interest of a person specified in subd. 1.
(e) "Region" means an interstate geographic area that includes any portion of this state.
(f) "Rural utilities service" means the agency in the federal department of agriculture that is the successor to the rural electrification administration.
(fm) "Subsidiary" means any person, 5% or more of the securities of which are directly or indirectly owned by another person.
(g) "Transmission area" means the area of the state that, on January 1, 1997, was served by the Mid-America Interconnected Network, Inc., reliability council of the North American Electric Reliability Council.
(h) "Transmission facility" means any pipe, pipeline, duct, wire, line, conduit, pole, tower, equipment or other structure used for the transmission of electric power as determined by the public service commission on the basis of factors for identifying a transmission facility that are specified in the orders of the federal energy regulatory commission under 16 USC 824d
(i) "Transmission utility" means a cooperative or public utility that owns a transmission facility in this state and that provides transmission service in this state.
(2) Commission powers and duties. (a) By June 30, 2000, if a transmission utility has not transferred control over its transmission facilities to an independent system operator that is approved by the applicable federal agency or divested, with approval of the applicable federal agency and, for a public utility, the commission, its interest in its transmission facilities to an independent transmission owner, the commission shall, subject to par. (am), order the transmission utility to apply to the applicable federal agency to do one of the following:
1. Transfer control of the transmission utility's transmission facilities to an independent system operator that has received the approval of the federal agency to operate in a region.
2. If the federal agency has not approved an independent system operator specified in subd. 1., transfer control over the transmission utility's transmission facilities to an independent system operator that is intended to operate in a region.
3. If the transmission utility does not, or is not able to, to the satisfaction of the commission, transfer its transmission facilities to an independent system operator specified in subd. 2., divest the transmission utility's interest in its transmission facilities to an independent transmission owner.
(am) The commission may waive the requirement to issue an order against a transmission utility under par. (a) if each of the following is satisfied:
1. The transmission utility has filed an application with the applicable federal agency for approval to transfer control of its transmission facilities to an independent system operator or to divest its interest in its transmission facilities to an independent transmission owner.
2. The commission finds that the waiver is reasonably expected to result in a more expeditious transfer of control to an independent system operator or divestment of interest to an independent transmission owner than would result under an order issued under par. (a). In making a finding under this subdivision, the commission shall consider the need for a reasonably prompt transition period for the transfer of control or divestment of interest that ensures, to the maximum extent practicable, the continued reliability of the electric transmission system in this state.