subch. II of ch. PSC 113 Subchapter II — Miscellaneous Service Requirements
PSC 113.0201 PSC 113.0201General requirement. Every utility shall furnish reasonably adequate service and facilities at the rates filed with the commission and subject to these rules and the rules of the utility applicable thereto and not otherwise. The energy shall be generated, transmitted, converted and distributed by the utility and utilized, whether by the utility or the customer, in such manner as to obviate so far as reasonably practicable undesirable effects upon the operation of standard services or equipment of the utility, its customers, or other utilities or agencies.
PSC 113.0201 Note Note: As used in these rules the terms “rules of the utility" or “utility's rules" means the rules of the utility on file with the commission.
PSC 113.0201 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0202 PSC 113.0202Relocation of poles.
PSC 113.0202(1)(1)When a utility is required by governmental authority or requested by customers to move poles, as, for example, from streets to alleys, the utility is not required to furnish new service entrance conductors, cable, conduit, or service equipment unless it makes a practice of supplying this equipment. It shall, however, run a service drop to the nearest point on each building served from the new location and remove the old service drop without expense to the customer.
PSC 113.0202(2) (2)If the utility moves its poles of its own volition the utility shall supply new service entrance conductors, cable, conduit, interior wiring connection and service equipment and remove the old; or shall attach its system to the existing service entrance conductors without expense to the customer.
PSC 113.0202 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0203 PSC 113.0203Protection of utility facilities. A public utility upon receiving notice as provided in s. 66.0831 or 182.0175 (2m) (b), Stats., of work which may affect its facilities used for serving the public shall:
PSC 113.0203(1) (1)If the notice is of work covered by s. 66.0831, Stats., investigate and decide what action, if any, must reasonably be taken to protect or alter utility facilities in order to protect service to the public and to avoid unnecessary damage. The utility shall take such action as is reasonably necessary to protect, remove, alter, or reconstruct its facilities and shall perform such work with reasonable dispatch taking into account the conditions to be met. Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to affect any right which the utility may have to require advance payment or adequate assurance of payment of the reasonable cost thereof to the utility by the property owner or contractor.
PSC 113.0203(2) (2)If the notice is of work covered by s. 182.0175 (2m) (b), Stats., and is not covered by s. 66.0831, Stats., the utility shall respond as required by s. 182.0175 (2m) (b), Stats.
PSC 113.0203(3) (3)The utility may, in order to protect its interests, require that the owner or contractor perform certain work upon that part of the service piping or wiring on or being removed from the property upon which the excavating, building, or wrecking operations are being performed.
PSC 113.0203(4) (4)This rule is not intended to affect the responsibility of the contractor or owner, or the liability or legal rights of any party.
PSC 113.0203 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00; corrections in (intro.) and (2) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2002 No. 564.
PSC 113.0204 PSC 113.0204Interference with public service structures.
PSC 113.0204(1)(1)A utility having any work upon, over, along, or under any public street, highway or private property near existing utility facilities shall give reasonable notice to the other utility and shall exercise care when working in close proximity to such existing facilities. Sections 66.0831 and 182.0175, Stats., shall be observed where applicable. In all other cases such notice shall provide the other utility with a reasonable opportunity to protect or alter its facilities and such work shall not proceed without an agreement concerning the location and nature of the proposed work.
PSC 113.0204(2) (2)Nothing in the above shall prevent a utility from proceeding as quickly as possible with any emergency construction work which might interfere with existing facilities.
PSC 113.0204 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00; correction in (2) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2002 No. 564.
PSC 113.0205 PSC 113.0205Standard voltages and utilization equipment.
PSC 113.0205(1)(1)All utilities shall have available a tabulation showing the character and type of electric service supplied, including the secondary and, where applicable, primary voltages.
PSC 113.0205(2) (2)Lamps used or furnished by the utility for highway or area illumination shall initially be such that the customer receives the proper illumination in lumens specified in the rate. If the street lighting rate is based on wattage, or if the utility furnishes lamps to customers free or at reduced cost, the lamp bulbs shall be of such efficiency in lumens per watt when used on the utility's circuits that customers may obtain their lighting service under the most favorable conditions practicable under the rate schedule.
PSC 113.0205 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0209 PSC 113.0209Notice to communication firms. Each electric utility shall notify telephone utility and cable television firms in the area when it knows that customer-owned generating facility is to be interconnected with its system. This notification shall be as early as practicable to permit coordinated analysis and testing in advance of interconnection, if considered necessary by the electric or telephone utility or cable television firm.
PSC 113.0209 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0210 PSC 113.0210Whistleblower protection. No public utility shall interfere with, restrain, or coerce any employee or other person in the exercise of the right to disclose information to the commission or other governmental bodies regarding the safety and reliability of the electrical system, or a portion thereof, provided that the employee reasonably believe that such information is true. No public utility may dismiss, discipline, demote, transfer, reprimand, harass, reduce the pay of, discriminate against, or otherwise, retaliate against, any employee or other person because the employee, or other person engaged in any of the described activities.
PSC 113.0210 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
subch. III of ch. PSC 113 Subchapter III — Disconnection and Reconnection of Electric Service
PSC 113.0301 PSC 113.0301Disconnections, residential.
PSC 113.0301(1)(1)Prior to disconnecting a jointly-metered property containing more than one rental dwelling unit and where service is in the property owner or manager's name, the utility shall first make an attempt to transfer the debt to the property owner's or manager's residence or office service. If a transfer is permitted under sub. (7) (a) the utility shall pursue available collection efforts at the owner's or manager's property prior to disconnecting the jointly-metered property.
PSC 113.0301(1m) (1m)Residential utility service may be disconnected or refused for any of the following reasons:
PSC 113.0301(1m)(a) (a) Failure to pay a delinquent account or failure to comply with the terms of a deferred payment, as provided in s. PSC 113.0404.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(b) (b) Violation of the utility's rules pertaining to the use of service in a manner which interferes with the service of others or to the operation of non-standard equipment, if the customer has first been notified and provided with reasonable opportunity to remedy the situation.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(c) (c) Failure to comply with deposit or guarantee arrangements, as specified in s. PSC 113.0402.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(d) (d) Refusal or failure to permit authorized utility personnel to read the meter at least once every 6 months in order to determine actual usage. The 6-month period begins with the date of the last meter reading.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(e) (e) Failure to comply with Wisconsin statute, commission rule or commission order pertaining to conservation or availability of service.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(f) (f) Failure to pay costs or fees incurred by and awarded to the utility by a court of law, for pursuit of collection of bills, or failure to pay extraordinary collection charges as allowed and specified in the utility's tariffs filed with the public service commission.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(g) (g) Failure to comply with applicable requirements of this section, or of the utility's rules, or if the customer proposes to use a device that is not designed to reasonably minimize interference with communication and signal services.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(h) (h) Delinquency in payment for service received by a previous customer or occupant at the premises to be served, if an account is transferred to a new account holder or customer and the previous account holder or customer continues to be an occupant of the dwelling unit to be served.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(i) (i) Failure of an applicant for utility service to provide information or documentation required by s. PSC 113.0408.
PSC 113.0301(1m)(k) (k) Refusal or failure to provide authorized utility personnel access to utility equipment.
PSC 113.0301(2) (2)A utility is not required to furnish residential service under conditions requiring operation in parallel with generating equipment connected to the customer's system if such operation is hazardous or may interfere with its own operations or service to other customers or with service furnished by others. The utility may specify requirements as to connection and operation as a condition of rendering service under such circumstances.
PSC 113.0301(4) (4)A public utility may disconnect residential utility service, without notice, where a dangerous condition exists for as long as the condition exists.
PSC 113.0301(5) (5)A public utility may disconnect residential utility service, without notice, where it has reasonable evidence that utility service is being obtained by potentially unsafe devices or potentially unsafe methods that stop or interfere with the proper metering of the utility service.
PSC 113.0301(6) (6)A public utility may disconnect residential utility service, without notice, where service has been reconnected without the utility's authorization.
PSC 113.0301(7)(a)(a) Account arrears incurred by an owner or property manager for rental residential dwelling units or responsibility for non-compliance with energy conservation requirements as set out in ch. PSC 136 may be transferred, without regard to class of service, to the home or office account of the owner or property manager.
PSC 113.0301(7)(b) (b) The utility shall send written notice of the planned transfer of the account arrears or responsibility for non-compliance with energy conservation requirements to the owner or property manager prior to making the transfer.
PSC 113.0301(7)(c) (c) If the account arrears remain unpaid or the structure in question continues to be in non-compliance with the energy conservation requirements, the utility may disconnect the owner's or property manager's residence or office service, provided that the utility complies with the disconnection provisions of ss. PSC 113.0301 and 113.0304.
PSC 113.0301(7)(d) (d) An owner or property manager whose account is subject to disconnection action may avoid disconnection of service by making payment, by making an agreement with the utility for an extension of time for a specific period, by entering into a deferred payment agreement under s. PSC 113.0404 or by installing the required energy conservation measures in the property in question. Any disconnection shall be in compliance with ss. PSC 113.0301 and 113.0304.
PSC 113.0301(8) (8)Residential utility service may not be disconnected or refused for any of the following reasons:
PSC 113.0301(8)(a) (a) Delinquency in payment for service by a previous occupant of the premises to be served.
PSC 113.0301(8)(b) (b) Failure to pay for merchandise or charges for non-utility service billed by the utility, except where authorized by law.
PSC 113.0301(8)(c) (c) Failure to pay for a different class of utility service, except as provided in sub. (7) (a).
PSC 113.0301(8)(d) (d) Failure to pay the account of another customer as guarantor thereof.
PSC 113.0301(8)(e) (e) Failure to pay charges arising from any underbilling occurring more than one year prior to the current billing and due to any misapplication of rates or faulty metering.
PSC 113.0301(8)(f) (f) Failure to pay an estimated bill other than a bill rendered pursuant to an approved meter reading plan.
PSC 113.0301(8)(g) (g) A utility to knowingly assist a landlord in the removal or eviction of a tenant from rental property.
PSC 113.0301(9) (9)The residential customer shall have, in all instances, at least 20 days from the date of issuance of the bill to provide payment. An account may be deemed delinquent and notice of intent to disconnect issued after such period has elapsed. In the event of a discrepancy between the issue date and the postmark, the 20-day period shall be figured from whichever is later.
PSC 113.0301(10)(a)(a) A utility shall not disconnect residential service for reasons enumerated in sub. (1) unless written notice is sent to the customer by first class mail or personally served on a responsible adult member of the household at least 10 calendar days prior to the day of the proposed disconnection. If disconnection is not accomplished on or before the 20th day after the issuance of a notice, a subsequent notice shall be left on the premises not less than 24 hours nor more than 48 hours prior to disconnection.
PSC 113.0301(10)(b) (b) If the billing address is different from the service address, or the account is being billed in the name of “occupant," “resident" or other like term, notice shall be posted at each individual dwelling unit of the service address not less than 5 days before disconnection for reasons enumerated in sub. (1). If access is not possible, this notice shall be posted at a minimum, to all entrances to the building and in the lobby. The notice shall state at a minimum:
PSC 113.0301(10)(b)1. 1. The date of the notice;
PSC 113.0301(10)(b)2. 2. The proposed date of disconnection;
PSC 113.0301(10)(b)3. 3. That, if feasible, the occupants may apply to the utility to accept responsibility for future bills and avoid disconnection of service. Refusal or acceptance of the application for service is subject to those conditions set out in this chapter.
PSC 113.0301(10)(b)4. 4. That if disconnection of service will aggravate an existing medical or protective services emergency, the occupant should contact the utility immediately.
PSC 113.0301(10)(c) (c) Disconnection notice for reasons enumerated in sub. (1) shall be given upon a form approved by the commission and shall contain the following information:
PSC 113.0301(10)(c)1. 1. The name and address of the customer and the address of the service, if different.
PSC 113.0301(10)(c)2. 2. A statement of the reasons for the proposed disconnection of service and that disconnection will occur if the account is not paid, or if arrangement is not made to pay the account under deferred payment agreement, or if other suitable arrangements are not made, or if equipment changes are not made. If disconnection of service is to be made for default on a deferred payment agreement, the notice shall include an explanation of the acts of the customer which are considered to constitute default.
PSC 113.0301(10)(c)3. 3. A statement that the customer should communicate immediately upon receipt of the notice with the utility's designated office, listing a telephone number, if he or she disputes the notice of delinquent account, if he or she wishes to negotiate a deferred payment agreement as an alternative to disconnection; or if there is a threat to health or safety of a resident because of the infirmities of aging, developmental or mental disabilities, the use of life support systems, or like infirmities incurred at any age, or the frailties associated with being very young.
PSC 113.0301(10)(c)4. 4. A statement that residential utility service will be continued during serious illness or protective services emergency if the occupant submits a statement or notice pursuant to sub. (13).
PSC 113.0301(10)(c)5. 5. A statement that the customer may appeal to the public service commission staff in the event that the grounds for the proposed disconnection or the amount of any bill remains in dispute after the customer has pursued the available remedies with the utility.
PSC 113.0301(11)(a)(a) The utility shall make a reasonable effort to have a personal or telephone contact with the residential customer prior to disconnection. If a contact is made, the utility shall review the reasons for the pending disconnection of service and explain what actions must be taken to avoid disconnection.
PSC 113.0301(11)(b) (b) If the account is being billed in the name of “occupant," “resident" or other like term, the utility shall also contact other utilities serving the premises and attempt to obtain the name of a responsible adult member at the service address.
PSC 113.0301(11)(c) (c) The utility shall keep a record of these contacts and contact attempts.
PSC 113.0301(12)(a)(a) When a residential customer, either directly or through the public service commission, disputes a disconnection notice under s. PSC 113.0407, the utility shall investigate any disputed issue and shall attempt to resolve that issue by negotiation. During this investigation and negotiation, utility service shall not be disconnected over this matter.
PSC 113.0301(12)(b) (b) If a disputed issue cannot be resolved pursuant to s. PSC 113.0407 (1), the utility shall inform the customer of the right to appeal to the public service commission.
PSC 113.0301(13) (13)Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, other than for reasons of safety or danger, a utility may not disconnect or refuse to reconnect service to a residential premises if disconnection or refusal of reconnection of service will aggravate an existing medical or protective services emergency for the occupant, if the occupant complies with the procedures of par. (a):
PSC 113.0301(13)(a) (a) A utility shall postpone the disconnection of service, or reconnect the service if disconnected, for up to 21 days to enable the occupant to arrange for payment, if the occupant produces a licensed Wisconsin physician's statement or notice from a public health, social services or law enforcement official which identifies the medical or protective services emergency and specifies the period of time during which disconnection will aggravate the circumstances. During this extension of service, the utility and occupant shall work together to develop resources and make reasonable payment arrangements in order to continue the service on a permanent basis. The postponement may be extended by renewal of the statement or notice if there is evidence of reasonable communication between the utility and occupant in attempting to make arrangements for payment.
PSC 113.0301(13)(b) (b) During the period service is continued under the provisions of this subsection, the customer shall be responsible for the cost of residential utility service. But no action to disconnect that service shall be taken until expiration of the period of continued service. Any customers who are in this continued service category shall be admitted into appropriate and special payment plan programs the utility may offer.
PSC 113.0301(13)(c) (c) If there is a dispute concerning an existing medical or protective services emergency, either party may request informal review by the public service commission staff. Pending a decision after informal review, residential utility service shall be continued provided that the occupant has submitted the statement or notice described in par. (a).
PSC 113.0301(14) (14)Residential service shall not be disconnected on a day, or on a day immediately preceding a day, when the business offices of the utility are not available to the public for the purpose of transacting all business matters unless the utility provides personnel who are readily available to the customer 24 hours per day to evaluate, negotiate or otherwise consider the customer's objections to the disconnection as provided under s. PSC 113.0407 and proper service personnel are readily available to restore service 24 hours per day.
PSC 113.0301(15) (15)Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, residential utility service may not be refused because of a delinquent account if the customer or applicant provides as a condition of future service a deposit or guarantee as governed by s. PSC 113.0402, or a voucher agreement. If the guarantor has agreed to be responsible for payment of all future bills, the customer shall be notified of the billing arrangement and of the ability to reject the proposed arrangement.
PSC 113.0301(16) (16)The utility may not disconnect services in affected counties when a heat advisory, heat warning, or heat emergency issued by the national weather service is in effect. A utility shall make reasonable attempts to reconnect service to an occupied dwelling that has been disconnected when an occupant states that there is a potential threat to health or life that results from the combination of the heat and loss of service. The utility may require that an occupant produce a licensed physician's statement or notice from a public health, social services, or law enforcement official which identifies the medical emergency for the occupant. Upon expiration of the heat advisory, heat warning, or heat emergency, the utility may disconnect service to a property that was reconnected during this period without further notice if an appropriate payment arrangement has not been established.
PSC 113.0301(17) (17)If the utility becomes aware that there are extenuating circumstances, such as infirmities of aging, developmental, mental or physical disabilities, the use of life support systems, or like infirmities incurred at any age, or the frailties associated with being very young, the utility shall take these circumstances into consideration prior to disconnecting service.
PSC 113.0301 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00; CR 06-046: am. (10) (c) 4. Register April 2007 No. 616, eff. 5-1-07; correction in (1m) (g) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register April 2013 No. 688; CR 13-048: am. (1m) (i), r. (1m) (j), (3) Register July 2014 No. 703, eff. 8-1-14.
PSC 113.0302 PSC 113.0302Disconnections, commercial and farm accounts.
PSC 113.0302(1)(1)Commercial or farm accounts which involve occupied dwellings shall be subject to s. PSC 113.0304.
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