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196.378 (2) (e) An electric provider, or a wholesale supplier for its members, may request that the commission grant a delay for complying with a deadline specified in par. (a) 2. The commission shall hold a hearing on the request and, if requested by the electric provider or wholesale supplier, treat the matter as a contested case. The commission shall grant a delay if the commission determines that the applicant has demonstrated good faith efforts to comply with the deadline and that any of the following applies:
1. Notwithstanding reasonable efforts to protect against undesirable impacts on the reliability of an electric provider's system, compliance with the deadline will have an undesirable impact on the reliability of the applicant's system.
2. Notwithstanding reasonable efforts to protect against unreasonable increases in rates of the applicant's ratepayers or members, compliance with the deadline will result in unreasonable increases in rates of the applicant's ratepayers or members, including increases that are due to the discontinuation of federal renewable energy tax credits or other federal policies intended to reduce the acquisition costs of renewable energy.
3. Notwithstanding reasonable efforts to obtain required approvals, the applicant cannot comply with the deadline because the applicant or a supplier has experienced or will experience delays in receiving required siting or permitting approvals for renewable energy projects.
4. Notwithstanding reasonable efforts to secure transmission service, the applicant cannot comply with the deadline because the applicant faces transmission constraints that interfere with the economic and reliable delivery of renewable energy to the applicant's system.
141,91 Section 91. 196.378 (2) (f) of the statutes is created to read:
196.378 (2) (f) A wholesale electric cooperative for its members or a municipal electric company for its members may delay compliance with a deadline specified in par. (a) 2. for any reason specified in par. (e) 1. to 4. A wholesale electric cooperative or a municipal electric company that delays compliance with a deadline specified in par. (a) 2. shall inform the commission of the delay and the reason for the delay, and shall submit information to the commission demonstrating that, notwithstanding good faith efforts by the wholesale electric cooperative or municipal electric company and its members, the members cannot meet the deadline for the stated reason.
141,92 Section 92. 196.378 (2) (g) of the statutes is created to read:
196.378 (2) (g) 1. In this paragraph, "energy consumer advocacy group" means a group or organization that advocates on behalf of its members' interests regarding the cost, availability, and reliability of energy or regarding utility regulation.
2. An energy consumer advocacy group may request that the commission grant to an electric provider that serves one or more members of the group a delay for complying with a deadline specified in par. (a) 2. The commission shall hold a hearing on the request and, if requested by the energy consumer advocacy group, treat the matter as a contested case. The commission shall grant a delay if the commission determines that the utility has demonstrated good faith efforts to comply with the deadline and that any of the conditions in par. (e) 1. to 4. apply.
141,93 Section 93. 196.378 (3) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 196.378 (3) (a) 1. and amended to read:
196.378 (3) (a) 1. An Subject to subd. 2., an electric provider that provides total renewable energy to its retail electric customers or members in excess of the percentages specified in sub. (2) (a) 1. to 6. 2. may, in the applicable year, create a renewable resource credit and sell to any other electric provider a the renewable resource credit or a portion of a the renewable resource credit at any negotiated price. Alternatively, an An electric provider that creates or purchases a renewable resource credit or portion may use a renewable resource the credit or portion of a renewable resource credit in a subsequent year, as provided under par. (c), to establish compliance with sub. (2) (a) 2. The commission shall promulgate rules that establish requirements for the creation and use of a renewable resource credit created on or after January 1, 2004, including calculating the amount of a renewable resource credit, and for the tracking of renewable resource credits by a regional renewable resource credit tracking system. The rules shall specify the manner for aggregating or allocating credits under this subdivision or sub. (2) (b) 4. or 5.
141,94 Section 94. 196.378 (3) (a) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
196.378 (3) (a) 2. The commission shall promulgate rules for calculating the amount of a renewable resource credit that is created from a renewable facility placed into service before January 1, 2004. The rules shall provide that the amount of a renewable resource credit created on or after January 1, 2004, from such a renewable facility, except a renewable facility owned by a retail customer of an electric provider, is limited to the incremental increase in output from the renewable facility that is due to capacity improvements made on or after January 1, 2004.
141,95 Section 95. 196.378 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.378 (3) (b) The commission may promulgate rules that establish requirements and procedures for a sale under par. (a) 1.
141,96 Section 96. 196.378 (3) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
196.378 (3) (c) A renewable resource credit created under s. 196.378 (3) (a), 2003 stats., may not be used after December 31, 2011. A renewable resource credit created under par. (a) 1. or 2., as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), may not be used after the 4th year after the year in which the credit is created, except the commission may promulgate rules specifying a different period of time if the commission determines that such period is necessary for consistency with any regional renewable resource credit trading program that applies in this state.
141,97 Section 97. 196.378 (4m) of the statutes is created to read:
196.378 (4m) Additional renewable resources requirements. (a) The commission may not impose on an electric provider any requirement that increases the electric provider's renewable energy percentage beyond that required under sub. (2) (a) 2. If an electric provider is in compliance with the requirements of sub. (2) (a) 2., the commission may not require the electric provider to undertake, administer, or fund any other renewable energy program. This paragraph does not limit the authority of the commission to enforce an electric provider's obligations under s. 196.374.
(b) An electric utility may, with commission approval, administer or fund a program that increases the electric utility's renewable energy percentage beyond that required under sub. (2) (a) 2. The commission may not order an electric utility to administer or fund a program under this paragraph.
141,98 Section 98. 196.378 (4r) of the statutes is created to read:
196.378 (4r) Reports. No later than July 1 of each even-numbered year, the commission shall submit a report to the governor and chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) that evaluates the impact of the requirements of this section on the rates and revenue requirements of electric providers and compares that impact with the impact that would have occurred if renewable energy practices of electric providers were subject to market forces in the absence of the requirements of this section.
141,99 Section 99. 196.378 (5) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.378 (5) Penalty. (intro.) Any person who violates sub. (2) or any wholesale renewable energy supplier who provides an electric provider with a false or misleading certification regarding the sources or amounts of renewable energy supplied at wholesale to the electric provider shall forfeit not less than $5,000 nor more than $500,000. Forfeitures under this subsection shall be enforced by action on behalf of the state by the attorney general. A court imposing a forfeiture under this subsection shall consider all of the following in determining the amount of the forfeiture:
141,100 Section 100. 285.48 (4) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
285.48 (4) (a) The use of renewable energy, including renewable energy that is provided by electric providers for the purpose of complying with the requirements of s. 196.378 (2) (a) 2., or renewable energy that is used under programs specified in s. 196.374 (2) (d) that are funded by expenditures under s. 196.374 (3).
141,101 Section 101. 285.48 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
285.48 (4) (b) The implementation of low-income weatherization and energy conservation measures, including programs established under s. 16.957 (2) (a) or (b) or programs specified in s. 196.374 (2) (a) or (b) that are funded by expenditures under s. 196.374 (3).
141,102 Section 102 . Nonstatutory provisions.
(1) Initial contracts. To promote administrative efficiency and build on existing, successful programs, the public service commission shall direct energy utilities, as defined in section 196.374 (1) (e) of the statutes, as affected by this act, to negotiate initial contracts under section 196.374 (2) (a) 1. of the statutes, as affected by this act, with the holders of current contracts under section 16.957 (3) (b), 2003 stats., to the extent that the programs administered by those contract holders are functioning effectively and accomplishing most or all of the goals set for them.
(2) Corn-burning furnace pilot program. The department of administration shall conduct a pilot program under section 16.957 (2) (b) 1. b. of the statutes during the winter heating season between November 1, 2006, and March 1, 2007, to determine the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the use of residential space heating equipment in this state that is fueled by biomass, as defined in section 196.378 (1) (a) of the statutes, from corn plants. The department of administration shall report to the legislature the results of the pilot program in the report required under section 16.957 (2) (d) 4. of the statutes.
(3) Review of Energy Conservation Code. Notwithstanding section 101.027 (3) (a) and (b) of the statutes, the department of commerce shall begin a review of the energy conservation code, as defined in section 101.027 (1) (a) of the statutes, on the effective date of this subsection and shall complete that review and submit proposed rules changing the energy conservation code as provided in section 101.027 (2) of the statutes to the legislative council staff under section 227.15 (1) of the statutes by no later than the first day of the 18th month beginning after the effective date of this subsection. Notwithstanding section 101.027 (2) of the statutes, in conducting the review under this subsection, the department of commerce, to the extent practicable, shall consider incorporating into the energy conservation code design requirements from the most current national energy efficiency design standards for new buildings, except low-rise residential buildings, published by the American society of heating, refrigerating, and air-conditioning engineers.
(4) Anaerobic digestor research. The department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection shall include, as part of its 2007-09 biennial budget request that it submits to the department of administration under section 16.42 of the statutes, a proposal to provide additional funding for the research and development of anaerobic digestors at farms participating in the discovery farms program under the Wisconsin agricultural stewardship initiative.
(5) Public service commission prohibitions.
(a) In this subsection:
1. "Commission" means the public service commission.
2. "Energy efficiency program" has the meaning given in section 196.374 (1) (d), as affected by this act.
3. "Public utility" has the meaning given in section 196.01 (5) of the statutes.
4. "Renewable resource program" has the meaning given in section 196.374 (1) (k), as affected by this act.
5. "Total renewable energy" has the meaning given in section 196.378 (1) (o) of the statutes.
(b) Beginning on the effective date of this paragraph and ending on June 30, 2007, the commission may not order an investor-owned natural gas or electric public utility to administer or fund any energy efficiency or renewable resource program that is in addition to the requirements of section 196.374 of the statutes.
(c) Paragraph (b ) does not affect the authority of the commission to enforce the requirements of section 16.957 or 196.374 of the statutes.
(7) Report.
(a) In this subsection, "energy utility" has the meaning given in section 196.374 (1) (e) of the statutes, as created by this act.
(b) No later than July 1, 2008, the public service commission shall submit a report to the governor and chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under section 13.172 (2) of the statutes that consists of the commission's recommendations on whether any component of an energy utility's revenue requirements should be itemized on ratepayer bills.
(8) Large energy customers.
(a) In this subsection:
1. "Commission" means the public service commission.
2. "Energy utility" has the meaning given in section 196.374 (1) (e) of the statutes, as created by this act.
3. "Large energy customer" has the meaning given in section 196.374 (1) (em) of the statutes, as created by this act.
4. "Ordered program" has the meaning given under section 196.374 (1) (i) of the statutes, as created by this act.
(b) No later than July 1, 2007, the commission shall determine the customers of energy utilities that, for any month during the 12 months preceding the date of the commission's determination, satisfy the definition of large energy customer.
(c) For each customer of an energy utility that the commission determines is a large energy customer under paragraph (b), the commission shall, no later than July 1, 2007, determine the monthly average that the customer paid the energy utility in 2005 for recovery under s. 196.374 (3), 2003 stats., and for recovery of the costs of ordered programs.
141,103 Section 103. Initial applicability.
(1) Energy efficiency standards. The treatment of sections 16.855 (10s) and 20.924 (1) (j) of the statutes first applies with respect to projects for which design work begins on the effective date of this subsection.
141,104 Section 104. Effective dates. This act takes effect on July 1, 2007, except as follows:
(1) The treatment of sections 16.75 (12), 16.897, 16.953, 79.005 (4) (d), 101.027 (1) (intro.), (a), and (b), (2), and (3) (a) 1. and 2. and (b) 1. and 2., 196.378 (1) (a), (ag), (bm), (e), (f), (fg), (fm), (fr), (g), (i), (n), (o), and (p), (2) (a), (b) 1., 1m., 3., 4., and 5., (c), (e), (f), and (g), (3) (b), and (c), (4m), (4r), and (5) (intro.) of the statutes, the creation of section 196.378 (3) (a) 2. of the statutes, and the renumbering and amendment of section 196.378 (3) (a) of the statutes and Section 102 (2), (4 ), (5), (7), and (8) of this act take effect on the day after publication.
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