196.372(1)(a) (a) “Customer-side water service line” means the portion of a water service line owned by a property owner.
196.372(1)(b) (b) “Financial assistance” means a grant, loan, or combination thereof.
196.372(1)(c) (c) “Utility-side water service line” means the portion of a water service line owned by a water public utility.
196.372(2) (2)Financial assistance. A water public utility may provide financial assistance to the owner of a property to which water utility service is provided for the purpose of assisting the owner in replacing customer-side water service lines containing lead if all of the following are satisfied:
196.372(2)(a) (a) The city, town, or village in which the water public utility provides utility service to the property has enacted an ordinance that permits the water public utility to provide the financial assistance and requires each owner of a premises located in the city, town, or village that is serviced by a customer-side water service line containing lead to replace that customer-side water service line.
196.372(2)(b) (b) The utility-side water service line and the water main pipe that are connected to the customer-side water service line meet one of the following conditions:
196.372(2)(b)1. 1. Do not contain lead.
196.372(2)(b)2. 2. The lead-containing portion of the utility-side water service line or water main pipe is replaced at the same time as the customer-side water service line is replaced.
196.372(2)(c) (c) The commission has granted its approval under sub. (3).
196.372(3) (3)Commission approval.
196.372(3)(a)(a) A water public utility seeking approval under sub. (2) (c) shall submit to the commission an application that includes a description of the proposed financial assistance, a description of the method for funding the financial assistance, a description of the customers served by the water public utility that would be eligible for financial assistance, and any other information relevant to the action requested by the commission.
196.372(3)(b) (b) Upon receipt of a complete application, the commission shall investigate the application. The investigation may be with or without public hearing. If the commission conducts a public hearing, the public hearing shall be upon such notice as the commission may require.
196.372(3)(c) (c) If a hearing is held on an application, the commission shall take final action on the application within 180 days after the commission issues a notice of hearing on the application. The chairperson of the commission may extend the time period for an additional 180 days for good cause. If the commission fails to take final action within the initial 180-day period, or the extended 180-day time period, the commission is considered to have granted its approval.
196.372(3)(d) (d) If a hearing is not held on an application, the commission shall take final action on the application within 90 days after the commission issues a notice opening a docket on the application. The chairperson of the commission may extend the time period for an additional 90 days for good cause. If the commission fails to take final action within the initial 90-day period, or the extended 90-day time period, the commission is considered to have granted its approval.
196.372(3)(e)1.1. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., if the commission finds that the actions described in the application are not unjust, unreasonable, or unfairly discriminatory, it shall grant its approval in writing.
196.372(3)(e)2. 2. The commission may not approve an application under subd. 1. unless the application satisfies all of the following conditions:
196.372(3)(e)2.a. a. Grants that are provided as financial assistance to an owner are limited to no more than one-half of the total cost to the owner of replacing the customer-side water service line containing lead.
196.372(3)(e)2.b. b. Any loan provided may not be forgiven by the water public utility or the municipality.
196.372(3)(e)3. 3. The commission may not approve an application under subd. 1. unless the application satisfies one of the following conditions:
196.372(3)(e)3.a. a. If the water public utility intends to provide financial assistance as a percentage of the cost of replacing the customer-side water service line containing lead, that percentage is the same for each owner in a class of customers.
196.372(3)(e)3.b. b. If the water public utility intends to provide financial assistance as a specific dollar amount, that dollar amount is the same for each owner in a class of customers.
196.372 History History: 2017 a. 137.
196.373 196.373 Water heater thermostat settings.
196.373(1) (1) In this section:
196.373(1)(a) (a) “Periodic customer billing" means a demand for payment of utility services by a public utility to a residential utility consumer on a monthly or other regular basis.
196.373(1)(b) (b) “Residential utility consumer" means any individual who lives in a dwelling which is located in this state and which is furnished with a utility service by a public utility. “Residential utility consumer" includes, but is not limited to, an individual engaged in farming as defined under s. 102.04 (3).
196.373(2) (2) At least annually every public utility furnishing gas or electricity shall include in its periodic customer billing a statement recommending that water heater thermostats be set no higher than 125 degrees Fahrenheit in order to prevent severe burns and unnecessary energy consumption.
196.373 History History: 1987 a. 102.
196.374 196.374 Energy efficiency and renewable resource programs.
196.374(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
196.374(1)(a) (a) “Agricultural producer" means a person engaged in an agricultural activity, as defined in s. 101.10 (1) (a).
196.374(1)(b) (b) “Commitment to community program" means an energy efficiency or load management program by or on behalf of a municipal utility or retail electric cooperative.
196.374(1)(c) (c) “Customer application of renewable resources" means the generation of energy from renewable resources that takes place on the premises of a customer of an energy utility or municipal utility or a member of a retail electric cooperative.
196.374(1)(d) (d) “Energy efficiency program" means a program for reducing the usage or increasing the efficiency of the usage of energy by a customer or member of an energy utility, municipal utility, or retail electric cooperative. “Energy efficiency program" does not include load management.
196.374(1)(e) (e) “Energy utility" means an investor-owned electric or natural gas public utility.
196.374(1)(em) (em) “Large energy customer" means a customer of an energy utility that owns or operates a facility in the energy utility's service area that has an energy demand of at least 1,000 kilowatts of electricity per month or of at least 10,000 decatherms of natural gas per month and that, in a month, is billed at least $60,000 for electric service, natural gas service, or both, for all of the facilities of the customer within the energy utility's service territory.
196.374(1)(f) (f) “Load management program" means a program to allow an energy utility, municipal utility, wholesale electric cooperative, as defined in s. 16.957 (1) (v), retail electric cooperative, or municipal electric company, as defined in s. 66.0825 (3) (d), to control or manage daily or seasonal customer demand associated with equipment or devices used by customers or members.
196.374(1)(g) (g) “Local unit of government" has the meaning given in s. 23.24 (4) (a) 1.
196.374(1)(h) (h) “Municipal utility" has the meaning given in s. 16.957 (1) (q).
196.374(1)(i) (i) “Ordered program" means an energy efficiency or renewable resource program that an energy utility commenced on or after January 1, 2001, under a commission order issued on or after January 1, 2001, and in effect before July 1, 2007.
196.374(1)(j) (j) “Renewable resource" means a resource that derives energy from any source other than coal, petroleum products, nuclear power or, except as used in a fuel cell, natural gas. “Renewable resource" includes resources deriving energy from any of the following:
196.374(1)(j)1. 1. Solar energy.
196.374(1)(j)2. 2. Wind power.
196.374(1)(j)3. 3. Water power.
196.374(1)(j)4. 4. Biomass.
196.374(1)(j)5. 5. Geothermal technology.
196.374(1)(j)6. 6. Tidal or wave action.
196.374(1)(j)7. 7. Fuel cell technology that uses, as determined by the commission, a renewable fuel.
196.374(1)(k) (k) “Renewable resource program" means a program for encouraging the development or use of customer applications of renewable resources, including educating customers or members about renewable resources, encouraging customers or members to use renewable resources, and encouraging the transfer of new or emerging technologies from research, development, and demonstration to commercial implementation.
196.374(1)(L) (L) “Retail electric cooperative" has the meaning given in s. 16.957 (1) (t).
196.374(1)(n) (n) “Wholesale supplier" has the meaning given in s. 16.957 (1) (w).
196.374(1)(o) (o) “Wholesale supply percentage" has the meaning given in s. 16.957 (1) (x).
196.374(2) (2)Energy efficiency and renewable resource programs.
196.374(2)(a)(a) Statewide programs.
196.374(2)(a)1.1. The energy utilities in this state shall collectively establish and fund statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource programs. The energy utilities shall contract, on the basis of competitive bids, with one or more persons to develop and administer the programs. The utilities may not execute a contract under this subdivision unless the commission has approved the contract. The commission shall require each energy utility to spend the amount required under sub. (3) (b) 2. to fund statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource programs.
196.374(2)(a)2. 2. The purpose of the programs under this paragraph shall be to help achieve environmentally sound and adequate energy supplies at reasonable cost, consistent with the commission's responsibilities under s. 196.025 (1) (ar) and the utilities' obligations under this chapter. The programs shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:
196.374(2)(a)2.a. a. Components to address the energy needs of residential, commercial, agricultural, institutional, and industrial energy users and local units of government.
196.374(2)(a)2.b. b. Components to reduce the energy costs incurred by local units of government and agricultural producers, by increasing the efficiency of energy use by local units of government and agricultural producers. The commission shall ensure that not less than 10 percent of the moneys utilities are required to spend under subd. 1. or sub. (3) (b) 2. is spent annually on programs under this subdivision except that, if the commission determines that the full amount cannot be spent on cost-effective programs for local units of government and agricultural producers, the commission shall ensure that any surplus funds be spent on programs to serve commercial, institutional, and industrial customers. A local unit of government that receives assistance under this subd. 2. b. shall apply all costs savings realized from the assistance to reducing the property tax levy.
196.374(2)(a)2.c. c. Initiatives and market strategies that address the needs of individuals or businesses facing the most significant barriers to creation of or participation in markets for energy efficient products that the individual or business manufactures or sells or energy efficiency services that the individual or business provides.
196.374(2)(a)2.d. d. Initiatives for research and development regarding the environmental and economic impacts of energy use in this state.
196.374(2)(a)2.e. e. Components to implement energy efficiency or renewable energy measures in facilities of manufacturing businesses in this state that are consistent with the implementation of energy efficiency or renewable energy measures in manufacturing facilities to enhance their competitiveness, the retooling of existing facilities to manufacture products that support the green economy, the expansion or establishment of domestic clean energy manufacturing operations, and creating or retaining jobs for workers engaged in such activities.
196.374(2)(a)3. 3. The commission may not require an energy utility to administer or fund any energy efficiency or renewable resource program that is in addition to the programs required under subd. 1. and any ordered program of the utility. This subdivision does not limit the authority of the commission to enforce an energy utility's obligations under s. 196.378.
196.374(2)(b) (b) Utility-administered programs.
196.374(2)(b)1.1. An energy utility may, with commission approval, administer or fund one or more energy efficiency programs that is limited to, as determined by the commission, large commercial, industrial, institutional, or agricultural customers in its service territory. An energy utility shall pay for a program under this subdivision with a portion of the amount required under sub. (3) (b) 2., as approved by the commission. The commission may not order an energy utility to administer or fund a program under this subdivision.
196.374(2)(b)2. 2. An energy utility may, with commission approval, administer or fund an energy efficiency or renewable resource program that is in addition to the programs required under par. (a) or authorized under subd. 1. The commission may not order an energy utility to administer or fund a program under this subdivision.
196.374(2)(b)3. 3. An energy utility that administers or funds a program under subd. 1. or 2. or an ordered program may request, and the commission may approve, to modify or discontinue, in whole or in part, the ordered program. An energy utility may request the establishment, modification, or discontinuation of a program under subd. 1. or 2. at any time and shall request the modification or discontinuation of an ordered program as part of a proceeding under sub. (3) (b) 1.
196.374(2)(c) (c) Large energy customer programs. A customer of an energy utility may, with commission approval, administer and fund its own energy efficiency programs if the customer satisfies the definition of a large energy customer for any month in the 12 months preceding the date of the customer's request for approval. A customer may request commission approval at any time. A customer that funds a program under this paragraph may deduct the amount of the funding from the amount the energy utility may collect from the customer under sub. (5) (b). If the customer deducts the amount of the funding from the amount the energy utility may collect from the customer under sub. (5) (b), the energy utility shall credit the amount of the funding against the amount the energy utility is required to spend under sub. (3) (b) 2.
196.374(3) (3)Commission duties.
196.374(3)(a)(a) In general. The commission shall have oversight of programs under sub. (2). The commission shall maximize coordination of program delivery, including coordination between programs under subs. (2) (a) 1., (b) 1. and 2., and (c) and (7), ordered programs, low-income weatherization programs under s. 16.957, renewable resource programs under s. 196.378, and other energy efficiency or renewable resource programs. The commission shall cooperate with the department of natural resources to ensure coordination of energy efficiency and renewable resource programs with air quality programs and to maximize and document the air quality improvement benefits that can be realized from energy efficiency and renewable resource programs.
196.374(3)(b) (b) Programs and funding.
196.374(3)(b)1.1. At least every 4 years, after notice and opportunity to be heard, the commission shall, by order, evaluate the energy efficiency and renewable resource programs under sub. (2) (a) 1., (b) 1. and 2., and (c) and ordered programs and set or revise goals, priorities, and measurable targets for the programs. The commission shall give priority to programs that moderate the growth in electric and natural gas demand and usage, facilitate markets and assist market providers to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency, promote energy reliability and adequacy, avoid adverse environmental impacts from the use of energy, and promote rural economic development.
196.374(3)(b)2. 2. The commission shall require each energy utility to spend 1.2 percent of its annual operating revenues derived from retail sales to fund the utility's programs under sub. (2) (b) 1., the utility's ordered programs, the utility's share of the statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource programs under sub. (2) (a) 1., and the utility's share, as determined by the commission under subd. 4., of the costs incurred by the commission in administering this section.
196.374(3)(b)4. 4. In each fiscal year, the commission shall collect from the persons with whom energy utilities contract under sub. (2) (a) 1. an amount equal to the costs incurred by the commission in administering this section.
196.374(3)(c) (c) Reviews and approvals. The commission shall do all of the following:
196.374(3)(c)1. 1. Review and approve contracts under sub. (2) (a) 1. between the energy utilities and program administrators.
196.374(3)(c)2. 2. Review requests under sub. (2) (b). The commission may condition its approval of a request under sub. (2) (b) as necessary to protect the public interest. The commission shall approve a request under sub. (2) (b) 1. or 2. if the commission determines that a proposed energy efficiency or renewable resource program is in the public interest and satisfies all of the following:
196.374(3)(c)2.a. a. The program has specific savings targets and performance goals approved by the commission.
196.374(3)(c)2.b. b. The program is subject to independent evaluation by the commission.
196.374(3)(d) (d) Audits. Annually, the commission shall contract with one or more independent auditors to prepare a financial and performance audit of the programs specified in par. (b) 1. The purpose of the performance audit shall be to evaluate the programs and measure the performance of the programs against the goals and targets set by the commission under par. (b) 1. The person or persons with whom the energy utilities contract for program administration under sub. (2) (a) 1. shall pay the costs of the audits from the amounts paid under the contracts under sub. (2) (a) 1.
196.374(3)(e) (e) Reports. Annually, the commission shall prepare and post on the commission's Internet site a report and submit a summary of not more than 2 pages to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2). The reports shall describe each of the following:
196.374(3)(e)1. 1. The expenses of the commission, utilities, and program administrators contracted under sub. (2) (a) 1. in administering or participating in the programs under sub. (2) (a) 1.
196.374(3)(e)2. 2. The effectiveness of the programs specified in par. (b) 1. and sub. (7) in reducing demand for electricity and increasing the use of renewable resources owned by customers or members.
196.374(3)(e)3. 3. The results of audits under par. (d).
196.374(3)(e)4. 4. Any other information required by the commission.
196.374(3)(f) (f) Rules. The commission shall promulgate rules to establish all of the following:
196.374(3)(f)1. 1. Procedures for energy utilities to collectively contract with program administrators for administration of statewide programs under sub. (2) (a) 1. and to receive contributions from municipal utilities and retail electric cooperatives under sub. (7) (b) 2.
196.374(3)(f)2. 2. Procedures and criteria for commission review and approval of contracts for administration of statewide programs under sub. (2) (a) 1., including criteria for the selection of program administrators under sub. (2) (a) 1.
196.374(3)(f)3. 3. Procedures and criteria for commission review and approval of utility-administered programs under sub. (2) (b) 1. and 2., customer programs under sub. (2) (c), and requests under sub. (2) (b) 3.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 367 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before May 23, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after May 23, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 5-23-18)