Register July 2007 No. 619
Chapter PSC 137
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE RESOURCE PROGRAMS
Program administrator solicitation and public notice.
Program administrator selection.
Collective statewide program contracts.
Minimum requirements of statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Procedures to receive contributions from municipal utilities and retail electric cooperatives.
Utility-administered programs for large commercial, industrial, institutional, or agricultural customers.
Voluntary utility energy efficiency or renewable resource programs.
Large energy customer self-directed energy efficiency programs.
The definitions specified in s. 196.374 (1)
, Stats., apply to this chapter. In addition, in this chapter:
The amount of energy savings or renewable resource energy production that a program participant would have achieved even in the absence of the energy efficiency or renewable resource program.
The amount of energy savings or renewable resource energy production that is directly attributable to the influence of the energy efficiency or renewable resource program but is not included in the program.
"Commission" means the public service commission.
"Division administrator" means the administrator of the division of gas and energy in the public service commission, or a designee.
"Net cost-effectiveness" means the extent to which an energy efficiency program or a renewable resource program is cost-effective, after being adjusted for attribution.
"Program administrator" means a person who contracts with the energy utilities to develop and administer the statewide programs under s. 196.374 (2) (a) 1.
PSC 137.01 History
History: CR 06-139: cr. Register July 2007 No. 619, eff. 8-1-07. PSC 137.02
Program administrator solicitation and public notice. PSC 137.02(1)(1)
Energy utilities soliciting proposals for a program administrator under s. 196.374 (2) (a) 1.
, Stats., shall ensure that all solicitations are conducted in a manner that is fair and promotes competition.
Energy utilities shall provide reasonable public notice of all solicitations of program administrator proposals under s. 196.374 (2) (a) 1.
, Stats. The energy utilities may provide this notice through the print, broadcast, or telecommunications media, including the internet. The notice period the energy utilities select is subject to the commission's prior approval.
The notice shall include the purpose of the solicitation, selection criteria, application procedures, and all applicable solicitation deadlines that an applicant is required to meet, or shall contain instructions for obtaining this information.
(3) Application requirements.
Anyone applying to be a program administrator shall submit the application to the energy utilities or the commission, as directed in the notice provided under this section. Applications that are incomplete, filed late, or not executed by an individual with the authority to act on the applicant's behalf shall be rejected.
PSC 137.02 History
History: CR 06-139: cr. Register July 2007 No. 619, eff. 8-1-07. PSC 137.03
Program administrator selection. PSC 137.03(1)(1)
Role of the program administrator.
The program administrator shall oversee a portfolio of energy efficiency and renewable resource statewide programs, in which other market providers and contractors implement measures with end-use customers.
(2) Selection criteria.
Prior to the solicitation of a program administrator under s. 196.374 (2) (a) 1.
, Stats., the energy utilities shall submit their proposed criteria for evaluating proposals and selecting a program administrator to the commission. These criteria shall evaluate the following:
The qualifications and financial soundness of a proposed program administrator and any proposed administrative subcontractor.
The previous performance of a proposed program administrator and any proposed administrative subcontractor.
The technical feasibility and quality of the proposed work plan, including the feasibility of proposed goals, performance measures, and environmental and economic benefits identified as objectives in the proposal.
Compliance with each of the policies and goals the commission identifies for the statewide energy efficiency program.
(3) Approved, modified, or rejected selection criteria.
The energy utilities' proposed selection criteria are subject to the commission's prior approval. The commission may modify or reject the proposed selection criteria within 20 working days after it receives them. If the commission does so, it shall explain its reasons in writing. The energy utilities may propose a new criterion to replace any modified or rejected criterion. If the commission does not modify or reject any of the proposed selection criteria within 20 working days after receiving them, they are deemed approved.
(4) Notice to commission when program administrator is selected.
The energy utilities shall notify the commission in writing of their selection of a program administrator. The energy utilities may negotiate a combination of proposals from various administrators, if they determine that such a combination would better meet the objectives of the statewide program.
(5) Commission approval of program administrator.
The commission shall, in writing and within 40 working days after it receives the energy utilities' notice under sub. (4)
, approve or reject for cause a program administrator whom the energy utilities selected.
(6) Right to protest.
If the energy utilities dispute the commission's rejection of a selected program administrator under sub. (5)
, they may protest to the commission. The energy utilities shall serve such a protest in writing on the division administrator within 20 working days after they receive notice of the commission's rejection. The division administrator may settle and resolve any protest brought under this subsection. If the protest cannot be resolved by mutual agreement, the division administrator shall issue a written decision to the energy utilities.
The energy utilities may, within 20 working days after the division administrator issues a decision under sub. (6)
, appeal the decision to the commission by alleging facts that show a violation of a particular statute or provision of this chapter.
(8) Contract status.
The energy utilities may not sign a contract with a proposed program administrator during the 40 working days when the commission can review the energy utilities' proposed selection under sub. (5)
or while a protest or appeal is pending under sub. (6)
. The commission may void any contract for the selection of a program administrator that is signed during these periods.
PSC 137.03 History
History: CR 06-139: cr. Register July 2007 No. 619, eff. 8-1-07. PSC 137.04
Collective statewide program contracts. PSC 137.04(1)(a)(a)
The energy utilities shall notify the commission in writing of their intent to sign a collective contract for statewide programs with a program administrator and shall submit a copy of the proposed contract to the commission for its approval.
A requirement that the statewide programs shall comply with the policies and goals issued by the commission.