(b) The commission shall ensure that customers throughout the state have an 17
equivalent opportunity to receive the benefits of the programs under sub. (2) (a) 1. 18
and (b) 1. The commission shall ensure that statewide programs are designed to 19
ensure that retail customers in areas not served by programs under sub. (2) (b) 1. 20
receive equivalent opportunities as those in areas served by programs under sub. (2) 21
22(6) Annual statements.
Annually, the commission shall prepare a statement 23
that describes the programs under sub. (2) (a) 1., (b) 1. and 2., and (c), and ordered 24
programs, administered or funded by the energy utility and presents cost and benefit
information for those programs. An energy utility shall provide each of its customers 2
with a copy of the statement.
3(7) Municipal utilities and retail electric cooperatives.
(a) Requirement to
1. Each retail electric cooperative and municipal utility shall charge a 5
monthly fee to each customer or member in an amount that is sufficient for the retail 6
electric cooperative or municipal utility to collect an annual average of $8 per meter. 7
A retail electric cooperative or municipal utility may determine the amount that a 8
particular class of customers or members is required to pay under this subdivision 9
and may charge different fees to different classes of customers or members.
2. Notwithstanding subd. 1., in any month, the monthly fee under subd. 1. may 11
not exceed 1.5 percent of the total of every other charge for which the member or 12
customer is billed for that month or $375 per month, whichever is less.
(b) Commitment to community programs.
1. Except as provided in subd. 2., 14
each retail electric cooperative and municipal utility shall spend the fees that it 15
charges under par. (a) on commitment to community programs. The purpose of the 16
programs under this paragraph shall be to help achieve environmentally sound and 17
adequate energy supplies at reasonable cost.
2. No later than October 1, 2007, and no later than every 3rd year after that 19
date, each municipal utility or retail electric cooperative shall notify the commission 20
whether it has elected to contribute the fees that it charges under par. (a) to statewide 21
programs established under sub. (2) (a) 1. in each year of the 3-year period for which 22
it has made the election. If a municipal utility or retail electric cooperative elects to 23
contribute to the statewide programs established under sub. (2) (a) 1., the utility or 24
cooperative shall contribute the fees that it collects under par. (a) to the payment of 25
contracts under sub. (2) (a) 1. for administration of the statewide programs, as
specified in the rules under sub. (3) (f) 1., in each year of the 3-year period for which 2
the utility or cooperative has made the election.
(c) Wholesale supplier credit.
If a wholesale supplier has established an energy 4
efficiency or load management program, a municipal utility or retail electric 5
cooperative that is a customer or member of the wholesale supplier may include an 6
amount equal to the product of the municipal utility's or retail electric cooperative's 7
wholesale supply percentage and the amount that the wholesale supplier has spent 8
on energy efficiency or load management programs in a year in calculating the 9
amount that the municipal utility or retail electric cooperative has spent on 10
commitment to community programs under par. (b).
(d) Joint programs.
Municipal utilities or retail electric cooperatives may 12
establish joint commitment to community programs, except that each municipal 13
utility or retail electric cooperative that participates in a joint program shall comply 14
with the spending requirements under par. (b).
1. Annually, each municipal utility and retail electric cooperative 16
that spends the fee that it charges under par. (a) for commitment to community 17
programs under par. (b) shall provide for an independent audit of its programs and 18
submit a report to the commission that describes all of the following:
a. An accounting of fees charged to customers or members under par. (a) in the 20
year and expenditures on commitment to community programs under par. (b), 21
including any amounts included in the municipal utility's or retail electric 22
cooperative's calculations under par. (c).
b. A description of commitment to community programs established by the 24
municipal utility or retail electric cooperative in the year.
c. The effectiveness of the commitment to community programs in reducing 2
demand for electricity by customers or members.
d. The results of audits under this subdivision.
2. The commission shall require that municipal utilities and retail electric 5
cooperatives file reports under subd. 1. electronically, in a format that allows for 6
tabulation, comparison, and other analysis of the reports.
3. The commission shall maintain reports filed under subd. 1. for at least 6 8
An energy utility that spends the full amount required under 10
sub. (3) (b) 2. in any year is considered to have satisfied its requirements under this 11
section for that year.
SB459-engrossed, s. 70
196.378 (1) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 196.378 (1) (ar) 13
amended to read:
(ar) "Biomass" means a resource that derives energy from wood or 15
plant material or residue, biological waste, crops grown for use as a resource or 16
landfill gases. "Biomass" does not include garbage, as defined in s. 289.01 (9), or 17
nonvegetation-based industrial, commercial or household waste, except that 18
"biomass" includes refuse-derived fuel used for a renewable facility that was in 19
service in this state
before January 1, 1998.
(ag) "Baseline renewable percentage" means the average of an 22
energy provider's renewable energy percentage for 2001, 2002, and 2003.
(fg) "Renewable energy" means electricity derived from a 3
(fm) "Renewable energy percentage" means, with respect to an 6
electric provider for a particular year, the percentage that results from dividing the 7
sum of the following by the total amount of electricity that the electric provider sold 8
to retail customers or members in that year:
1. The electric provider's total renewable energy in that year.
2. The renewable resource credits created or purchased by the electric provider, 11
if any, that the electric provider elects to use in that year.
(fr) "Renewable energy supplier" means a person from whom an 14
electric provider purchases renewable energy at wholesale.
(g) "Renewable facility" means an installed and operational electric 17
generating facility in which electricity is derived from a renewable resource.
18"Renewable facility" includes a facility the installation or operation of which is
19required under federal law, but does not include a facility the installation or
20operation of which is required under the laws of another state even if the installation
21or operation of the facility is also required under federal law, located in or outside this
22state, that generates renewable energy
(i) "Renewable resource credit" means a credit calculated in 25
accordance with rules promulgated under sub. (3) (a) 1. and 2
(o) "Total renewable energy" means the total amount of renewable 4
energy that the electric provider sold to its customers or members in a year. "Total 5
renewable energy" does not include any energy that is used to comply with the 6
renewable energy requirements of another state. "Total renewable energy" includes 7
all of the following:
1. Renewable energy supplied by a renewable facility owned or operated by an 9
affiliated interest or wholesale supplier of an electric provider and allocated to the 10
electric provider under an agreement between the electric provider and the affiliated 11
interest or wholesale supplier.
2. Renewable energy purchased by an affiliated interest or wholesale supplier 13
of an electric provider from a renewable facility that is not owned or operated by the 14
affiliated interest or wholesale supplier, which renewable energy is allocated to the 15
electric provider under an agreement between the electric provider and the affiliated 16
interest or wholesale supplier.
(p) "Wholesale supplier" has the meaning given in s. 16.957 (1) (w).
(a) 1. No later than June 1, 2016, the commission shall prepare a 21
report stating whether, by December 31, 2015, the state has met a goal of 10 percent 22
of all electric energy consumed in the state being renewable energy. If the goal has 23
not been achieved, the report shall indicate why the goal was not achieved and how 24
it may be achieved, and the commission shall prepare similar reports biennially 25
thereafter until the goal is achieved. The commission shall submit reports under this
subdivision to the governor and chief clerk of each house of the legislature for 2
distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2).
2. Except as provided in pars. (e), (f), and (g):
a. For the years 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, each electric provider may not 5
decrease its renewable energy percentage below the electric provider's baseline 6
b. For the year 2010, each electric provider shall increase its renewable energy 8
percentage so that it is at least 2 percentage points above the electric provider's 9
baseline renewable percentage.
c. For the years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, each electric provider may not 11
decrease its renewable energy percentage below the electric provider's renewable 12
energy percentage required under subd. 2. b.
d. For the year 2015, each electric provider shall increase its renewable energy 14
percentage so that it is at least 6 percentage points above the electric provider's 15
baseline renewable percentage.
e. For each year after 2015, each electric provider may not decrease its 17
renewable energy percentage below the electric provider's renewable energy 18
percentage required under subd. 2. d.
(b) 1. Total retail electric sales The total amount of electricity that
21an electric provider sold to retail customers or members in a year
shall be calculated 22
on the basis of an average of an the
electric provider's retail electric sales in this state 23
during the prior 3 years.
(b) 1m. The amount of electricity derived from hydroelectric 2
renewable resources that an electric provider may count toward satisfying the 3
requirements of par. (a) 2. shall be all electricity provided by hydroelectric power that 4
the electric provider purchased in the reporting year plus all of the following:
a. The average of the amounts of hydroelectric power generated by facilities 6
owned or operated by the electric provider for 2001, 2002, and 2003, adjusted to 7
reflect the permanent removal from service of any of those facilities and adjusted to 8
reflect any capacity increases from improvements made to those facilities on or after 9
January 1, 2004.
b. The amount of hydroelectric power generated in the reporting year by 11
facilities owned or operated by the electric provider that are initially placed in service 12
on or after January 1, 2004.
(b) 4. A wholesale supplier may sell credits that it creates and may 17
aggregate and allocate the credits that it creates among its members or customers. 18
A member or customer may sell credits or portions of a credit allocated to the member 19
or customer by the wholesale supplier.
(b) 5. An electric provider that purchases renewable energy from 22
a renewable energy supplier may use an allocated share of the renewable energy sold 23
by the renewable energy supplier to comply with a requirement under par. (a) 2. or 24
to create a credit under sub. (3) (a), provided that the cost of the renewable energy 25
is included in the price the electric provider paid the renewable energy supplier.
(c) No later than April 15 annually, or another annual date specified
3by the commission by rule,
an electric provider shall submit a report to the 4department commission
that identifies the electric provider's renewable energy
5percentage for the previous year and
describes the electric provider's compliance 6
with par. (a) 2. and the electric provider's implementation plans for future
. Reports under this paragraph may include certifications from 8wholesale suppliers renewable energy suppliers
regarding the sources and amounts 9
energy supplied to an
electric provider. The department 10commission
may specify the documentation that is required to be included with 11
reports submitted under this paragraph. The commission may require that electric
12providers submit the reports in a proceeding, initiated by the commission under this
13section relating to the implementation of s. 1.12, or in a proceeding for preparing a
14strategic energy assessment under s. 196.491 (2). No later than 90 days after the
15commission's receipt of an electric provider's report, the commission shall inform the
16electric provider whether the electric provider is in compliance with par. (a) 2.
(e) An electric provider, or a wholesale supplier for its members, 19
may request that the commission grant a delay for complying with a deadline 20
specified in par. (a) 2. The commission shall hold a hearing on the request and, if 21
requested by the electric provider or wholesale supplier, treat the matter as a 22
contested case. The commission shall grant a delay if the commission determines 23
that the applicant has demonstrated good faith efforts to comply with the deadline 24
and that any of the following applies:
1. Notwithstanding reasonable efforts to protect against undesirable impacts 2
on the reliability of an electric provider's system, compliance with the deadline will 3
have an undesirable impact on the reliability of the applicant's system.
2. Notwithstanding reasonable efforts to protect against unreasonable 5
increases in rates of the applicant's ratepayers or members, compliance with the 6
deadline will result in unreasonable increases in rates of the applicant's ratepayers 7
or members, including increases that are due to the discontinuation of federal 8
renewable energy tax credits or other federal policies intended to reduce the 9
acquisition costs of renewable energy.
3. Notwithstanding reasonable efforts to obtain required approvals, the 11
applicant cannot comply with the deadline because the applicant or a supplier has 12
experienced or will experience delays in receiving required siting or permitting 13
approvals for renewable energy projects.
4. Notwithstanding reasonable efforts to secure transmission service, the 15
applicant cannot comply with the deadline because the applicant faces transmission 16
constraints that interfere with the economic and reliable delivery of renewable 17
energy to the applicant's system.
(f) A wholesale electric cooperative for its members or a municipal 20
electric company for its members may delay compliance with a deadline specified in 21
par. (a) 2. for any reason specified in par. (e) 1. to 4. A wholesale electric cooperative 22
or a municipal electric company that delays compliance with a deadline specified in 23
par. (a) 2. shall inform the commission of the delay and the reason for the delay, and 24
shall submit information to the commission demonstrating that, notwithstanding
good faith efforts by the wholesale electric cooperative or municipal electric company 2
and its members, the members cannot meet the deadline for the stated reason.
(g) 1. In this paragraph, "energy consumer advocacy group" means 5
a group or organization that advocates on behalf of its members' interests regarding 6
the cost, availability, and reliability of energy or regarding utility regulation.
2. An energy consumer advocacy group may request that the commission grant 8
to an electric provider that serves one or more members of the group a delay for 9
complying with a deadline specified in par. (a) 2. The commission shall hold a 10
hearing on the request and, if requested by the energy consumer advocacy group, 11
treat the matter as a contested case. The commission shall grant a delay if the 12
commission determines that the utility has demonstrated good faith efforts to 13
comply with the deadline and that any of the conditions in par. (e) 1. to 4. apply.
SB459-engrossed, s. 93
196.378 (3) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 196.378 (3) (a) 1. and 15
amended to read:
(a) 1. An Subject to subd. 2., an
electric provider that provides total 17
renewable energy to its retail electric customers or members in excess of the 18
percentages specified in sub. (2) (a) 1. to 6. 2.
may, in the applicable year, create a
19renewable resource credit and
sell to any other electric provider a the
resource credit or a portion of a the
renewable resource credit at any negotiated 21
price. Alternatively, an An
electric provider that creates or purchases a renewable
22resource credit or portion
may use a renewable resource the
credit or portion of a
23renewable resource credit
in a subsequent year, as provided under par. (c),
establish compliance with sub. (2) (a) 2
. The commission shall promulgate rules that 25
establish requirements for the creation and
use of a renewable resource credit
1created on or after January 1, 2004
, including calculating the amount of a renewable 2
resource credit, and for the tracking of renewable resource credits by a regional
3renewable resource credit tracking system. The rules shall specify the manner for
4aggregating or allocating credits under this subdivision or sub. (2) (b) 4. or 5
(a) 2. The commission shall promulgate rules for calculating the 7
amount of a renewable resource credit that is created from a renewable facility 8
placed into service before January 1, 2004. The rules shall provide that the amount 9
of a renewable resource credit created on or after January 1, 2004, from such a 10
renewable facility, except a renewable facility owned by a retail customer of an 11
electric provider, is limited to the incremental increase in output from the renewable 12
facility that is due to capacity improvements made on or after January 1, 2004.
(b) The commission may promulgate rules that establish 15
requirements and procedures for a sale under par. (a) 1
(c) A renewable resource credit created under s. 196.378 (3) (a), 18
2003 stats., may not be used after December 31, 2011. A renewable resource credit 19
created under par. (a) 1. or 2., as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), may 20
not be used after the 4th year after the year in which the credit is created, except the 21
commission may promulgate rules specifying a different period of time if the 22
commission determines that such period is necessary for consistency with any 23
regional renewable resource credit trading program that applies in this state.
196.378 (4m) Additional renewable resources requirements.
(a) The 2
commission may not impose on an electric provider any requirement that increases 3
the electric provider's renewable energy percentage beyond that required under sub. 4
(2) (a) 2. If an electric provider is in compliance with the requirements of sub. (2) (a) 5
2., the commission may not require the electric provider to undertake, administer, 6
or fund any other renewable energy program. This paragraph does not limit the 7
authority of the commission to enforce an electric provider's obligations under s. 8
(b) An electric utility may, with commission approval, administer or fund a 10
program that increases the electric utility's renewable energy percentage beyond 11
that required under sub. (2) (a) 2. The commission may not order an electric utility 12
to administer or fund a program under this paragraph.
196.378 (4r) Reports.
No later than July 1 of each even-numbered year, the 15
commission shall submit a report to the governor and chief clerk of each house of the 16
legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) that evaluates the 17
impact of the requirements of this section on the rates and revenue requirements of 18
electric providers and compares that impact with the impact that would have 19
occurred if renewable energy practices of electric providers were subject to market 20
forces in the absence of the requirements of this section.
196.378 (5) Penalty.
(intro.) Any person who violates sub. (2) or any wholesale
supplier who provides an electric provider with a false or 24
misleading certification regarding the sources or amounts of renewable
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 2
on behalf of the state by the attorney general. A court imposing a forfeiture under 3
this subsection shall consider all of the following in determining the amount of the 4