2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
February 9, 2016 - Offered by Representative Kuglitsch.
AB804-AA2,1,11 At the locations indicated, amend the bill as follows:
AB804-AA2,1,3 21. Page 2, line 6: before "granting" insert "exempting the construction of
3certain electric transmission lines from Public Service Commission certification;".
AB804-AA2,1,4 42. Page 20, line 22: after that line insert:
AB804-AA2,1,6 5" Section 37c. 196.49 (5g) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 196.49 (5g)
6(ar) (intro.) and amended to read:
AB804-AA2,1,97 196.49 (5g) (ar) (intro.) A public utility is exempt from the requirement to
8obtain a certification or approval of the commission under sub. (2) or (3) before
9beginning a proposed project if the any of the following applies:
AB804-AA2,1,11 101m. The estimated gross cost of the proposed project is not more than one of the
11following cost thresholds:
AB804-AA2,37g 12Section 37g. 196.49 (5g) (a) 1. to 5. of the statutes are renumbered 196.49 (5g)
13(ar) 1m. a. to e.
1Section 37n. 196.49 (5g) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
AB804-AA2,2,52 196.49 (5g) (ag) In this subsection, "rebuild" means the replacement of all or
3part of an existing electric transmission line and associated facilities to increase the
4line's capacity to carry current at the same voltage, including conductors, insulators,
5transformers, or structures.
AB804-AA2,37r 6Section 37r. 196.49 (5g) (ar) 2m. of the statutes is created to read:
AB804-AA2,2,77 196.49 (5g) (ar) 2m. The project is a rebuild and all of the following apply:
AB804-AA2,2,98 a. The existing electric transmission line and associated facilities are designed
9for operation at a nominal voltage of less than 345 kilovolts.
AB804-AA2,2,1310 b. The centerline of the rebuilt electric transmission line is located within 60
11feet on either side of the centerline of an existing electric transmission line operating
12at a nominal voltage of 69 kilovolts or more. In this subd. 2m. b., "centerline" has the
13meaning given in s. 196.491 (4) (c) 1e.
AB804-AA2,2,1614 c. The project requires the acquisition in total of one-half mile or less of
15rights-of-way from landowners from which rights-of-way were not required to be
16acquired for the existing electric transmission line specified in subd. 2m. b.
AB804-AA2,2,1817 d. The project will not have undue adverse environmental impacts on any new
18rights-of-way required for the rebuild.
AB804-AA2,37w 19Section 37w. 196.49 (5g) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB804-AA2,3,220 196.49 (5g) (b) Beginning on May 1, 2014, and on May 1 of each successive
21even-numbered year thereafter, the commission shall adjust the cost thresholds
22specified in par. (a) (ar) 1m. to reflect changes to the cost of utility construction based
23on the applicable industry cost index numbers published in the Handy-Whitman

1Index of Public Utility Construction Costs, or an equivalent successor index, and
2publicize the adjusted cost thresholds on the commission's Web site.".