Wis. Admin. Code Public Service Commission § PSC 184.04 - Applications for commission authorization

Current through November 29, 2021

(1) TIMING AND COST INCREASES.
(a) For any project requiring commission authorization under s. PSC 184.03, a person or utility shall submit the information required in this section at least 90 days, but no earlier than 2 years, before beginning the project.
(b) For any project receiving commission authorization under s. PSC 184.05 that is not be gun within 2 years from the date of the authorization, a utility shall notify the commission of revised project costs, the schedule for completion, and any other changes to the proposed project. The commission may reconsider its authorization for a revised project under s. PSC 184.05.
(c) If the scope, design, or location of a project receiving commission authorization under s. PSC 184.05 changes significantly, or if it is discovered or identified that the project cost may exceed the estimated project cost by more than 10 percent, the utility shall promptly notify the commission as soon as the utility becomes aware of the possible change or cost increase. The commission may reconsider its authorization for a revised project under s. PSC 184.05.
(2) CONSULTATION. For projects subject to s. 196.025(2m), Stats., before submitting an application for a certificate, a utility shall consult with commission staff, in cooperation with staff from the department, on the scope of the proposed project, the alternatives that must be considered in the application, and additional information that the commission may require as part of the application.
(3) CONTENTS OF APPLICATION. A person or utility seeking authorization for any activity under s. PSC 184.03(1) and (2) or a utility seeking a certificate under s. PSC 184.03(3) shall submit an application to the commission that includes all of the following, where applicable:
(a) A description of the project including all project components, phases, and a schedule of construction.
(b) Information supporting the purpose and necessity of the project.
(c) An analysis and description of alternatives to the project.
(d) An analysis of the effect of the project on the quality and reliability of service.
(e) The project cost itemized by major plant accounts as identified in the uniform system of accounts, including all administrative, overhead, engineering, legal, construction, and inspection costs.
(f) Identification of the proposed project funding sources, including utility or municipal sources and outside grants or loans. If the project will be financed, the utility shall include expected financing rates and terms.
(g) An estimate of annual operating costs of the project, by major expense accounts as identified in the uniform system of accounts.
(h) A description of any plant being retired or replaced and the year it was placed in service, if known.
(i) A map showing the location of the project and all proposed facilities by Public Land Survey System (PLSS) quarter-quarter section or by another methodology approved by the commission.
(j) A list of any permits or approvals required by other state agencies or local governmental units and a statement indicating whether the permits or approvals have been applied for or obtained.
(k) For a project under s. PSC 184.03(3), that includes new or expanded groundwater wells, surface water intakes, or other sources of water supply, information on any action the utility has taken to mitigate the need for the project.
(L) The identification of any flood-sensitive facilities that would be located in designated flood plains or flood-prone areas.
(m) For utility main construction projects, include all of the following:
1. The identification and description of each surface water potentially affected by construction.
2. The identification and description of each wetland potentially affected by construction.
3. An evaluation of whether any endangered or threatened species are present and what affect the project could have on those species. For each species identified, describe how the proposed project may be modified to reduce or eliminate any potential effect on the species.
4. An evaluation of whether any known archeological or historical resources are present. For each resource identified, describe how the proposed project may be modified to reduce or eliminate any potential effect on the resource.
(n) Information to allow the commission to prepare an environmental assessment for a project subject to s. PSC 4.10(2), or for a project that require coordinated commission and department review under s. 30.025, Stats. After consultation with the applicant, the commission shall identify any additional information required on a case-by-case basis.
(p) Any other information relevant to the project requested by the commission.
(4) GROUPING OF PROJECTS. As an alternative to requesting a certificate for each project separately, a utility may submit on an annual basis a list of projects requiring approval under s. PSC 184.03(3) that the utility intends to begin constructing within one year. For each project on this list, the utility shall include the information required by this section.
(5) APPLICATION SUBMITTAL. A person or utility shall submit an application under this section using the commission's Electronic Regulatory Filing (ERF) system.

Notes

Wis. Admin. Code Public Service Commission § PSC 184.04
CR 11-039: CR Register July 2012 No. 679, eff. 8-1-12.

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