Wis. Admin. Code Public Service Commission § PSC 128.18 - Construction and operation

Current through March 28, 2022

(1) PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS.
(a) An owner may not display advertising material or signage other than warnings, equipment information, or indicia of ownership on a wind turbine. An owner may not attach any flag, decorative sign, streamers, pennants, ribbons, spinners, fluttering, or revolving devices to a wind turbine. An owner may attach a safety feature or wind monitoring device to a wind turbine.
(b) An owner shall ensure that a wind turbine has a conventional or unobtrusive finish.
(c) An owner shall install lighting at a wind energy system that complies with standards established by the federal aviation administration. A political subdivision may not establish lighting requirements for a wind energy system that conflict with standards established by the federal aviation administration. A political subdivision may require use of shielding or control systems approved by the federal aviation administration to reduce visibility of lighting to individuals on the ground.
(d) An owner shall take appropriate measures to ensure that a wind turbine is not readily climbable except by authorized personnel.
(e) An owner shall ensure that all wind turbine access doors and electrical equipment are locked when authorized personnel are not present.
(f) An owner shall place appropriate warning signage on or at the base of each wind turbine.
(g) An owner shall post and maintain up-to-date signs containing a 24-hour emergency contact telephone number, information identifying the owner, and sufficient information to identify the location of the sign within the wind energy system. An owner shall post these signs at every intersection of a wind energy system access road with a public road and at each wind turbine location.
(h) An owner shall clearly mark guy wires and supports for a wind energy system, meteorological tower or other device for measuring wind speeds so that the wires and supports are visible to low flying aircraft under fair weather conditions.
(2) ELECTRICAL STANDARDS.
(a) An owner shall construct, maintain, and operate collector circuit facilities in a manner that complies with the national electrical safety code and ch. PSC 114 and shall construct, maintain, and operate all wind energy system facilities in a manner that complies with the national electrical code.
(b) An owner shall construct collector circuit facilities for a wind energy system underground to the extent practicable.
(c) An owner shall establish an inspection schedule for all overhead collector circuits to ensure that third-party facilities, including cable television and telecommunications cables, are not attached or bonded to overhead collector circuit grounding. If third-party facilities are found attached to the overhead collector facilities, the owner shall ensure that the third-party facilities are promptly removed.
(3) CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION, AND MAINTENANCE STANDARDS.
(a) An owner shall construct, operate, repair, maintain and replace wind energy system facilities as needed to keep the wind energy system in good repair and operating condition and in a manner that protects individuals from injury.
(am) An owner shall minimize soil compaction, topsoil mixing and damage to drainage systems on agricultural land during the construction or decommissioning of the wind energy system. A political subdivision may establish reasonable requirements designed to minimize soil compaction, topsoil mixing and damage to drainage systems on agricultural land.
(b) Except for the area physically occupied by the wind energy system facilities, an owner shall restore the topography, soils and vegetation of the project area to original condition after construction is complete, unless otherwise provided in a contract signed by an affected landowner, considering any modifications needed to comply with DNR requirements.
(c) An owner shall carry general liability insurance relating to claims for property damage or bodily injury arising from the construction, operation or decommissioning of the wind energy system and shall include turbine host property owners as additional insured persons on the policy.
(4) EMERGENCY PROCEDURES.
(a) An owner shall notify a political subdivision of the occurrence and nature of a wind energy system emergency within 24 hours of the wind energy system emergency.
(b) An owner shall establish and maintain liaison with a political subdivision and with fire, police, and other appropriate first responders serving the wind energy system to create effective emergency plans that include all of the following:
1. A list of the types of wind energy system emergencies that require notification under par. (a).
2. Current emergency contact information for first responders and for the wind energy system owner, including names and phone numbers.
3. Procedures for handling different types of wind energy system emergencies, including written procedures that provide for shutting down the wind energy system or a portion of the system as appropriate.
4. Duties and responsibilities of the owner and of first responders in the event of a wind energy system emergency.
5. An emergency evacuation plan for the area within 0.5 mile of any wind energy system facility, including the location of alternate landing zones for emergency services aircraft.
(c) The owner shall review the emergency plan at least annually in collaboration with fire, police and other appropriate first responders to update and improve the emergency plan as needed.
(d) The owner shall distribute current copies of the emergency plan to the political subdivision and fire, police and other appropriate first responders as identified by the political subdivision.
(e) A political subdivision may require the owner to provide annual training for fire, police and other appropriate first responders regarding responding to a wind energy system emergency until the wind energy system has been decommissioned.
(f) An owner of a wind energy system shall do all of the following:
1. Furnish its operator, supervisors and employees who are responsible for emergency action a copy of the current edition of the emergency procedures established under this subsection to ensure compliance with those procedures.
2. Train the appropriate operating personnel to ensure they have knowledge of the emergency procedures and verify that the training is effective.
3. As soon as possible after the end of a wind energy system emergency, review employee activities to determine whether the procedures were effectively followed.

Notes

Wis. Admin. Code Public Service Commission § PSC 128.18
CR 10-057: CR Register February 2011 No. 662, eff. 3-1-11.

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