2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY AMENDMENT 2,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 804
February 9, 2016 - Offered by Representative Kuglitsch.
21. Page 2, line 6
: before "granting" insert "exempting the construction of 3
certain electric transmission lines from Public Service Commission certification;".
196.49 (5g) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 196.49 (5g) 6
(ar) (intro.) and amended to read:
(ar) (intro.) A public utility is exempt from the requirement to 8
obtain a certification or approval of the commission under sub. (2) or (3) before 9
beginning a proposed project if the any of the following applies:
estimated gross cost of the proposed project is not more than one of the 11
following cost thresholds:
196.49 (5g) (a) 1. to 5. of the statutes are renumbered 196.49 (5g) 13
(ar) 1m. a. to e.
196.49 (5g) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
(ag) In this subsection, "rebuild" means the replacement of all or 3
part of an existing electric transmission line and associated facilities to increase the 4
line's capacity to carry current at the same voltage, including conductors, insulators, 5
transformers, or structures.
196.49 (5g) (ar) 2m. of the statutes is created to read:
(ar) 2m. The project is a rebuild and all of the following apply:
a. The existing electric transmission line and associated facilities are designed 9
for operation at a nominal voltage of less than 345 kilovolts.
b. The centerline of the rebuilt electric transmission line is located within 60 11
feet on either side of the centerline of an existing electric transmission line operating 12
at a nominal voltage of 69 kilovolts or more. In this subd. 2m. b., "centerline" has the 13
meaning given in s. 196.491 (4) (c) 1e.
c. The project requires the acquisition in total of one-half mile or less of 15
rights-of-way from landowners from which rights-of-way were not required to be 16
acquired for the existing electric transmission line specified in subd. 2m. b.
d. The project will not have undue adverse environmental impacts on any new 18
rights-of-way required for the rebuild.
196.49 (5g) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Beginning on May 1, 2014, and on May 1 of each successive 21
even-numbered year thereafter, the commission shall adjust the cost thresholds 22
specified in par. (a) (ar) 1m.
to reflect changes to the cost of utility construction based 23
on the applicable industry cost index numbers published in the Handy-Whitman
Index of Public Utility Construction Costs, or an equivalent successor index, and 2
publicize the adjusted cost thresholds on the commission's Web site.".