PSC 113.0409(3)(c) (c) A utility shall accept any of the following items as adequate verification of identity, although it may accept other forms of verification:
PSC 113.0409(3)(c)1. 1. State or federal income tax returns.
PSC 113.0409(3)(c)2. 2. Internal Revenue Service letter assigning federal employer identification number.
PSC 113.0409(3)(c)3. 3. Wisconsin seller's permit or department of revenue letter assigning a Wisconsin seller's permit identification number.
PSC 113.0409(3)(c)4. 4. Business articles of incorporation, partnership agreement, limited liability company articles of organization, or similar organizational documents.
PSC 113.0409(3)(d) (d) A utility may refuse or disconnect service if it does not obtain adequate verification of identity.
PSC 113.0409(4) (4) Processing applications and providing notice.
PSC 113.0409(4)(a) (a) Except under exceptional circumstances, a utility shall approve or deny an application for service no later than 10 calendar days after receipt of the information required under this section. An expected high volume of requests for service shall not constitute exceptional circumstances.
PSC 113.0409(4)(b) (b) A utility shall notify the applicant in writing within 5 days of the denial of application. A utility may notify an applicant verbally before written notification is sent. An application shall be considered denied when a service refusal has been finalized and no immediate conditions that could change that refusal remain. The notification shall include all of the following:
PSC 113.0409(4)(b)1. 1. An explanation of why service is being refused.
PSC 113.0409(4)(b)2. 2. The applicant's right to ask commission staff to review the refusal.
PSC 113.0409(4)(b)3. 3. The commission's address, telephone number and web site.
PSC 113.0409 Note Note: For example, if a utility has told a customer that it would supply service if the customer makes a payment, enters a deferred payment agreement or provides additional identity information under sub. (3), the refusal is still conditional and has not been finalized.
PSC 113.0409(4)(c) (c) If a third party applies for service, a utility shall send written notification of the application to the potential user's mailing address and the address for which service has been requested.
PSC 113.0409(4)(d) (d) If an applicant indicates that a third party is responsible for payment, a utility shall send written notification of the approval or denial of an application to both the third party and the applicant within 5 days of the application's approval or denial, although a utility may notify the third party and applicant before written confirmation is sent. If service is refused, the written notification shall include the information in par. (b) 1. to 3.
PSC 113.0409 History History: CR 13-048: cr. Register July 2014 No. 703, eff. 8-1-14.
PSC 113.0410 PSC 113.0410Billing statement inserts. No offer, advertisement, solicitation, announcement, statement, representation or other material shall be placed on a customer's billing statement unless it meets the criteria of s. 196.595 (2), Stats., or ch. PSC 113.
PSC 113.0410 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0412 PSC 113.0412Limiting connected load. If the utility maintains a rate based on connected load, provision shall be made in its rules whereby the customer may arrange his or her load or wiring in such manner as is reasonably acceptable to the utility, whether by the use of double-throw switches or such other devices as may be approved by the utility, so that only a portion of the load may be served at one time and whereby, in such cases, the connected load to be used for the computation of charges shall be the largest load which can be served at any one time.
PSC 113.0412 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
subch. V of ch. PSC 113 Subchapter V — Customer Service and Protection
PSC 113.0501 PSC 113.0501Information available to customers.
PSC 113.0501(1)(1)Each utility shall have available in its offices where payments are received and at area libraries, copies of its rates and rules applicable to the locality. The rates and rules shall be available for customer inspection by electronic, written or telephonic means and reasonable notice as to their availability shall be provided to customers.
PSC 113.0501(2) (2)Each electric utility, for every municipality in which it serves shall provide in the respective telephone directories a telephone listing by which the utility can be notified during a 24-hour day of any utility service deficiency or emergency which may exist.
PSC 113.0501(3) (3)Where a second language is common in a particular area served by the utility and so identified by the commission, all rules pertaining to billing and credit shall be available upon customer request, for distribution in English and that second language in every business office of the utility in that area accessible to the public and where customer payments are received.
PSC 113.0501(4) (4)Each utility shall provide written notice to its residential customers annually and a written notice to all new residential customers, at a minimum, of the rules on deposits, payment options including deferred payment agreements and budget billing, disconnection and dispute procedures; of the availability of information on energy conservation practices, of the availability of a clear, concise record of the customer's actual electric consumption (or actual degree-day adjusted electric consumption) for each billing period during the prior 12 months or the actual number of months that the customer has lived at that location if less than 12 months and of the availability of agencies or programs which may provide financial aid assistance or counseling; and contain a reply procedure to allow customers an opportunity to advise the utility of any special circumstances, such as the presence of infants or elderly persons or the use of human life-sustaining equipment and to advise the utility to contact a specific third party agency or individual prior to any disconnection action being taken.
PSC 113.0501(5) (5)A utility shall provide on request to current or prospective customers, tenants or property owners residential energy consumption information. This information shall include either the average consumption for the prior 12-month period or figures reflecting the highest and lowest consumption amounts for the previous 12 months. Provision of this information is neither a breach of customer confidentiality nor a guarantee or contract by the utility as to future consumption levels for the premises in question. The requestor shall be entitled to one such statement at a charge not in excess of $1 once every 12 months. Additional statements shall be furnished if the customer pays the utility's reasonable costs of preparing and furnishing the statement.
PSC 113.0501 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0502 PSC 113.0502Planned service interruptions.
PSC 113.0502(1)(1)Unless conditions of an actual or potential emergency nature require otherwise, each utility shall strive to give reasonable advance notice to affected customers of each planned service interruption expected to last more than 30 minutes. No such notification is necessary when applying load control or on-peak control systems.
PSC 113.0502(2) (2)Whenever feasible, interruptions expected to last more than 1 hour and affect more than 100 customers, or interruptions to critical loads, shall be scheduled for periods which will cause a minimum of customer inconvenience.
PSC 113.0502 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0503 PSC 113.0503Telephone answering time.
PSC 113.0503(1)(1)In this section:
PSC 113.0503(1)(a) (a) “Computerized call center system" means a system where an automatic call distributor is used to manage incoming calls and to place calls in a queue and that has the capability to generate significant statistical information.
PSC 113.0503(1)(b) (b) “Speed of answer" means the amount of time it takes for a call to be connected to either a live agent or an automated system that is ready to assist the customer and is measured beginning from the point when the call is first queued to be connected.
PSC 113.0503(2)(a)(a) A utility or its agent shall maintain sufficient employees and equipment to achieve an average speed of answer of not more than 90 seconds. The average speed of answer shall be determined by summing the total queuing time and dividing by the total number of customer calls handled by automated systems. A utility or its agent shall calculate this average speed of answer on a monthly basis, including customer service calls, outage calls and emergency calls.
PSC 113.0503(2)(b) (b) A utility or its agent shall maintain sufficient employees to achieve an average speed of live response of not more than 90 seconds. The average speed of live response shall be determined by summing the total time from indication of request for live response and divided by the total number of calls answered by a live agent. A utility or its agent shall calculate this average speed of answer on a monthly basis, including customer service calls, outage calls and emergency calls.
PSC 113.0503(3) (3)A utility or its agent shall give emergency calls the highest priority and shall be generally available for all calls and must provide customers with the option of selecting a live agent contact among those selections presented by any computerized call center system.
PSC 113.0503(4) (4)A utility or its agent shall maintain average speed of answer data in a manner set forth by the commission and must provide customers with the option of selecting a live agent contact among those selections presented by any computerized call center system.
PSC 113.0503(5) (5)The requirements of subs. (2) to (4) do not apply in either of the following circumstances:
PSC 113.0503(5)(a) (a) To a utility or its agent that do not use a computerized call center system.
PSC 113.0503(5)(b) (b) During natural disasters, severe weather, or other events beyond the utility's control that adversely impact the utility's telephone answering capabilities.
PSC 113.0503 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0504 PSC 113.0504Change in type of service.
PSC 113.0504(1)(1)If a change in type of service, such as from 25 to 60 Hertz, or a change in voltage to a customer's substation, is effected at the insistence of the utility and not solely by reason of increase in the customer's load or change in the character thereof, the utility shall share equitably in the cost of changing the equipment of the customers affected as determined by the commission in the absence of agreement between utility and customer.
PSC 113.0504 Note Note: The change in customer's equipment should be made with the greatest possible economy to the customer and final settlement made at the time of the change. Substantially the following basis was prescribed by the commission in Jackman v. Janesville Electric Co., 17 W.R.C.R. 356 and has been customarily adopted as the basis for settlement:
PSC 113.0504 Note Payment by the utility to the customer of:
PSC 113.0504 Note 1. The remaining value of the customer's electrical equipment which is made obsolete;
PSC 113.0504 Note 2. The cost of making the resulting necessary change in interior wiring; and
PSC 113.0504 Note 3. The cost of installing the new equipment and removing the old, less the salvage value of such equipment as the customer retains.
PSC 113.0504(2) (2)If a utility changes its standard voltage it shall notify customers in advance and if customer equipment other than lamps must be changed, an adjustment as required in sub. (1) hereof shall be made. If tests of a representative sample of customers' meters indicate that meters have started to creep because of the voltage increase or if the tests of the representative sample show that meters average more than 0.5% fast, meters affected by the change in voltage shall be tested and adjusted.
PSC 113.0504 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0505 PSC 113.0505Low-income service requirements.
PSC 113.0505(1)(1)A utility shall maintain and deliver services that ensure safe, affordable, reliable service and attempt to mitigate and prevent energy hardships before they arise. The utility shall strive to meet the following five goals: to serve the target population of customers with actual or potential energy hardships, to provide customers with the assistance they need, to educate internal utility staff so that they understand low-income households and are aware of services offered by the utility and outside resources, to adapt and improve and to establish and maintain inter-utility coordination. The utility shall maintain sufficient data on its performance with regard to the goals and parameters of this section in a manner satisfactory to the commission. Effectiveness in meeting the service requirements shall be monitored and measured against the following parameters:
PSC 113.0505(1)(a) (a) A description of the utility's low-income/at-risk customer services including the mission/vision/goals and organizational staffing structure. The report shall include the organizational staffing structure, name, telephone number, location, position description and training of representatives who staff the services for low-income/at-risk customers.
PSC 113.0505(2) (2)Any information received from individual customers which serves to identify them individually, by usage or status, shall not be released by a utility to any source other than a utility low-income assistance program or the customer, without the customer's consent. In preparing summaries or reports, a utility shall not provide any information from which the identity, usage, or account status of any individual customer can be ascertained.
PSC 113.0505 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0506 PSC 113.0506Stray voltage service fees.
PSC 113.0506(1)(1)All investor-owned electric utilities which have annual gross operating revenues related to electricity of less than $100,000,000 and all electric cooperatives with retail customers organized under ch. 185, Stats., will be assessed a service fee of $500 per investigation under the scope of the stray voltage program.
PSC 113.0506(2) (2)All investor-owned electric utilities which have annual gross operating revenues related to electricity of more than $100,000,000 shall be assessed according to s. 196.857 (1m), Stats.
PSC 113.0506(3) (3)Electric cooperatives with retail customers organized under ch. 185, Stats., will be assessed a total of $50,000 annually. Each electric cooperative shall provide an equal portion for this assessment. The amounts received under this paragraph shall be credited to the appropriation made in s. 20.155 (1) (L), Stats., and credited against the assessment collected under s. 196.857 (1m) (a), Stats. The cooperatives shall pay the total amount that is assessed within 30 days after it receives a bill for that amount from the commission. The bill constitutes notice of assessment and demand of payment.
PSC 113.0506(4) (4)Each applicant for stray voltage program services may be assessed a fee not to exceed $300.
PSC 113.0506(5) (5)Reasonable fees, based on actual costs, may be assessed for services rendered other than those for the on-farm site-related fees in subs. (1) and (4). The fees collected in this paragraph shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.155 (1) (L), Stats.
PSC 113.0506 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0507 PSC 113.0507Unconscionability.
PSC 113.0507(1)(1)If the commission finds that any conduct or aspect of a transaction directed against a customer by a utility is unconscionable, it may refuse to enforce any unconscionable aspect or conduct to avoid any unconscionable result.
PSC 113.0507(2) (2)Without limiting the scope of sub. (1), the commission may consider, among other things, the following as pertinent to the issue of unconscionability:
PSC 113.0507(2)(a) (a) That the practice unfairly takes advantage of the lack of knowledge, ability, experience or capacity of customers.
PSC 113.0507(2)(b) (b) That those engaging in the practice know of the inability of customers to receive benefits properly anticipated from the goods or services involved.
PSC 113.0507(2)(c) (c) That there exists a gross disparity between the price of goods or services and their value as measured by the price at which similar goods or services are readily obtainable by other customers, or by other tests of true value.
PSC 113.0507(2)(d) (d) That the practice may enable merchants to take advantage of the inability of customers to reasonably protect their interests by reason of physical or mental infirmities, illiteracy or inability to understand the language of the agreement, ignorance or lack of education or similar factors.
PSC 113.0507(2)(e) (e) That the terms of the transaction require customers to waive legal rights.
PSC 113.0507(2)(f) (f) That the terms of the transaction require customers to unreasonably jeopardize money or property beyond the money or property immediately at issue in the transaction.
PSC 113.0507(2)(g) (g) That the natural effect of the practice would reasonably cause or aid in causing customers to misunderstand the true nature of the transaction or their rights and duties thereunder.
PSC 113.0507(2)(h) (h) That the writing purporting to evidence the obligation of the customer in the transaction contains terms or provisions or authorizes practices prohibited by law.
PSC 113.0507 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0508 PSC 113.0508Oppressive and deceptive practices prohibited. A utility shall not engage in any oppressive or deceptive practices. It shall not do any of the following:
PSC 113.0508(1) (1)Use or threaten force or violence to cause physical harm to the person, dependents, or property of the ratepayer.
PSC 113.0508(2) (2)Threaten criminal prosecution without merit or authority.
PSC 113.0508(3) (3)Initiate or threaten to initiate communications with the ratepayer's employer except as permitted by statute.
PSC 113.0508(4) (4)Engage in any conduct which can reasonably be expected to threaten or harass a ratepayer.
PSC 113.0508(5) (5)Claim or attempt to claim to enforce a right, with knowledge or reason to know that the right does not exist.
PSC 113.0508(6) (6)Use obscene, threatening, or abusive language in communicating with a ratepayer or a person related to a ratepayer.
PSC 113.0508 History History: Cr. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
PSC 113.0509 PSC 113.0509Landowner easements.
PSC 113.0509(1)(1)When approaching a landowner in the course of negotiating new easements or renegotiating existing easements, the utility shall provide the landowner with materials approved or prepared by the commission describing the landowner's rights and options in the easement negotiation process. The landowner shall have, unless voluntarily waived by the landowner, a minimum period of five days to examine these materials before signing any new or revised easement agreement.
PSC 113.0509(2) (2)High-voltage transmission line easements shall describe the interest transferred by specifying, in addition to the length and width of the right-of-way, the number, type and maximum height of all structures to be erected thereon, the minimum height of the transmission lines above the landscape and the number and maximum voltage of the lines to be constructed and operated thereon, as required by s. 182.017 (7), Stats.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.