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LRB-3478/1
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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
December 3, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Kahl, E. Brooks, Mason, T.
Larson
, Ohnstad and Kolste, cosponsored by Senator Wirch. Referred to
Committee on Energy and Utilities.
AB560,1,4 1An Act to renumber and amend 196.496 (1); to amend 196.496 (2); and to
2create
196.496 (1) (a), 196.496 (1) (b), 196.496 (1) (d), 196.496 (1) (e) and
3196.496 (3) of the statutes; relating to: disconnection devices for distributed
4generation facilities.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill imposes requirements on the interconnection of distributed generation
facilities (DGFs) to the electric distribution systems of retail electric utilities and
cooperatives. The bill defines a DGF as an electricity-generating facility of any
capacity 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. Under the bill, a retail electric utility customer or a retail electric cooperative
member may not interconnect a DGF to the utility's or cooperative's distribution
system after the bill's effective date unless the customer or member does two things.
First, the customer or member must install a disconnection device for the DGF in a
conspicuous location that is accessible to the utility's or cooperative's maintenance
personnel. The bill defines "disconnection device" as a device capable of
disconnecting a DGF from an electric distribution system. Second, the customer or
member must notify the utility or cooperative of the location of the disconnection
device.
If a customer or member has interconnected a DGF to a utility's or cooperative's
electric distribution system before the bill's effective date, the bill requires the
customer or member to attach a permanent placard to the the customer's or

member's electric meter that identifies the location of the disconnection device for
the DGF. Also, the customer or member must notify the utility or cooperative of the
location of the DGF and the disconnection device. The bill requires a customer or
member to make the attachment and notification within approximately six months
after the bill's effective date.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB560,1 1Section 1. 196.496 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 196.496 (1) (intro.) and
2amended to read:
AB560,2,33 196.496 (1) Definition Definitions. (intro.) In this section, "distributed:
AB560,2,7 4(c) "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.
AB560,2 8Section 2. 196.496 (1) (a) of the statutes is created to read:
AB560,2,109 196.496 (1) (a) "Customer or member" means a customer or member of an
10electric provider.
AB560,3 11Section 3. 196.496 (1) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
AB560,2,1412 196.496 (1) (b) "Disconnection device" means a device capable of disconnecting
13a distributed generation facility from the electric distribution system of an electric
14provider.
AB560,4 15Section 4. 196.496 (1) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
AB560,2,1616 196.496 (1) (d) "Electric provider" has the meaning given in s. 196.378 (1) (c).
AB560,5 17Section 5. 196.496 (1) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
AB560,2,1918 196.496 (1) (e) "Small distributed generation facility" means a distributed
19generation facility with a capacity of no more than 15 megawatts.
AB560,6
1Section 6. 196.496 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB560,3,82 196.496 (2) Rules; small distributed generation facilities. The commission
3shall promulgate rules establishing standards for the connection of small distributed
4generation facilities to electric distribution facilities. To the extent technically
5feasible and cost effective, the standards shall be uniform and shall promote the
6development of small distributed generation facilities. The standards shall address
7engineering, electric reliability, and safety concerns and the methods for
8determining charges for interconnection.
AB560,7 9Section 7. 196.496 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
AB560,3,1310 196.496 (3) Disconnection devices. (a) No customer or member may
11interconnect a distributed generation facility to the electric distribution system of an
12electric provider on or after the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date],
13unless the customer or member does all of the following:
AB560,3,1514 1. Installs a disconnection device for the facility in a conspicuous location that
15is accessible to the electric provider's maintenance personnel.
AB560,3,1716 2. Notifies the electric provider of the location of the distributed generation
17facility and the disconnection device.
AB560,3,2218 (b) No later than the first day of the 7th month beginning after the effective date
19of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], a customer or member who has
20interconnected a distributed generation facility to the electric distribution system of
21an electric provider before the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date],
22shall do the following:
AB560,3,2523 1. Attach a permanent placard to the customer's or member's electric meter
24that identifies the location of the disconnection device for the distributed generation
25facility.
AB560,4,2
12. Notify the electric provider of the location of the distributed generation
2facility and disconnection device.
AB560,4,33 (End)
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