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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 560
January 15, 2016 - Offered by Representative Kahl.
AB560-ASA1,1,3 1An Act to renumber and amend 196.496 (1); and to create 196.496 (1) (a),
2196.496 (1) (c) and 196.496 (3) of the statutes; relating to: disconnection
3requirements for distributed generation facilities.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This substitute amendment imposes requirements on the connection of
distributed generation facilities (DGFs) to utility distribution systems by customers
of electric public utilities. Under current law, the Public Service Commission must
promulgate rules regarding the connection of DGFs to utility distribution systems
and defines a DGF for that purpose as a facility with a capacity of no more than 15
megawatts that is located either 1) at or near the point where the electricity will be
used or 2) in a location that will support the functioning of the electric power
distribution grid. The substitute amendment uses the same definition of DGF.
The substitute amendment prohibits a customer from installing a DGF that is
connected to the distribution system of an electric public utility unless the customer
satisfies certain requirements. The requirements apply to installations made on or
after the substitute amendment's effective date, and include the following: 1) the
customer must install protection devices for each DGF that satisfy specified
requirements, and 2) the customer must include equipment circuit breakers that
satisfy specified requirements. Also, the substitute amendment allows the electric
public utility to require the customer install interconnection disconnect switches for

DGFs that satisfy specified requirements. If so required, the customer must follow
the electric public utility's recommended switching, clearance, tagging, and locking
procedures; label the switches as required under the substitute amendment; and
post the customer's disconnection procedure next to the switches.
For DGFs that customers installed and connected to utility distribution
systems before the substitute amendment's effective date, the substitute
amendment requires the customer to attach a permanent placard to the the
customer's meter that identifies the location of the devices for disconnecting the DGF
from the distribution system. Also, the customer must notify the electric public
utility of the location of the DGF and the disconnection devices. The substitute
amendment requires the customer to make the attachment and notification within
approximately six months after the substitute amendment's effective date.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB560-ASA1,1 1Section 1. 196.496 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 196.496 (1) (intro.) and
2amended to read:
AB560-ASA1,2,33 196.496 (1) Definition Definitions. (intro.) In this section, "distributed:
AB560-ASA1,2,7 4(b) "Distributed generation facility" means a facility for the generation of
5electricity with a capacity of no more than 15 megawatts that is located near the point
6where the electricity will be used or is in a location that will support the functioning
7of the electric power distribution grid.
AB560-ASA1,2 8Section 2. 196.496 (1) (a) of the statutes is created to read:
AB560-ASA1,2,99 196.496 (1) (a) "Customer" means a customer of an electric public utility.
AB560-ASA1,3 10Section 3. 196.496 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
AB560-ASA1,2,1211 196.496 (1) (c) "Electric public utility" means a public utility that owns or
12operates an electric distribution system.
AB560-ASA1,4 13Section 4. 196.496 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
AB560-ASA1,3,214 196.496 (3) Disconnection. (a) On or after the effective date of this paragraph
15.... [LRB inserts date], no customer may install a distributed generation facility that

1is connected to the distribution system of an electric public utility unless the
2customer does all of the following:
AB560-ASA1,3,43 1. Installs protection devices for each connected distributed generation facility
4that satisfy all of the following:
AB560-ASA1,3,75 a. The devices ensure that the current supplied by the distributed generation
6facility is interrupted if a fault or other potentially dangerous event occurs on the
7distribution system.
AB560-ASA1,3,108 b. If a fault or event described in subd. 1. a. occurs and the distribution system
9is deenergized, the devices ensure that any distributed generation facility that is
10connected to the system automatically disconnects.
AB560-ASA1,3,1211 c. The devices prevent electrically closing a distributed generation facility that
12is out of synchronization with the distribution system.
AB560-ASA1,3,1913 2. Includes in the installation equipment circuit breakers on the distributed
14generation facility side of the point where the distributed generation facility is
15electrically connected to the customer's electrical system. The equipment circuit
16breakers shall be capable of interrupting the maximum available fault current and
17shall meet all applicable standards of Underwriters Laboratories Inc., the American
18National Standards Institute, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
19Engineers.
AB560-ASA1,3,2120 3. If required by the electric public utility, furnishes and installs an
21interconnection disconnect switch that satisfies all of the following:
AB560-ASA1,3,2322 a. The switch opens, with a visual break, all ungrounded poles of the
23interconnection circuit.
AB560-ASA1,3,2524 b. The switch is rated for the voltage and fault current requirements of the
25distributed generation facility.
AB560-ASA1,4,3
1c. The switch meets all applicable standards of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.,
2the American National Standards Institute, and the Institute of Electrical and
3Electronics Engineers.
AB560-ASA1,4,44 d. The switch enclosure is properly grounded.
AB560-ASA1,4,65 e. The switch is accessible at all times, is located for ease of access to electric
6public utility personnel, and is capable of being locked in the open position.
AB560-ASA1,4,77 4. In making an installation required under subd. 3., does all of the following:
AB560-ASA1,4,98 a. Follows the electric public utility's recommended switching, clearance,
9tagging, and locking procedures.
AB560-ASA1,4,1210 b. Labels the interconnection disconnect switch, "Interconnection Disconnect
11Switch," by means of a permanently attached sign with clearly visible and
12permanent letters.
AB560-ASA1,4,1413 c. Provides and posts the customer's procedure for disconnecting the
14distributed generation facility that is next to the interconnection disconnect switch.
AB560-ASA1,4,1915 (b) No later than the first day of the 7th month beginning after the effective date
16of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], a customer who has installed a distributed
17generation facility that is connected to the electric distribution system of an electric
18public utility before the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], shall
19do the following:
AB560-ASA1,4,2220 1. Attach a permanent placard to the customer's electric meter that identifies
21the location of the devices for disconnecting the distributed generation facility from
22the electric distribution system.
AB560-ASA1,4,2423 2. Notify the electric public utility of the location of the distributed generation
24facility and the devices described in subd. 1.
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