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196.859 History History: 2009 a. 28.
196.86 196.86 Assessments for air quality improvement program.
196.86(1)(1)In this section:
196.86(1)(a) (a) “Department" means the department of natural resources.
196.86(1)(b) (b) “Electric public utility affiliate" means a public utility affiliate, as defined in s. 196.795 (1) (L), that sells electricity in this state and owns electric generating facilities in the transmission area.
196.86(1)(c) (c) “Heat throughput ratio" means the result obtained by dividing the total heat throughput of all electric generating facilities that use fossil fuel of an individual electric public utility affiliate by the total heat throughput of all electric generating facilities that use fossil fuel of all electric public utility affiliates.
196.86(1)(d) (d) “Initial compliance date" means the date specified in a notice by the department of natural resources under s. 285.48 (2) by which electric generating facilities in the midcontinent area of this state are required to comply with initial nitrogen oxide emission reduction requirements.
196.86(1)(e) (e) “Midcontinent area" has the meaning given in s. 16.958 (1) (e).
196.86(1)(f) (f) “Transmission area" has the meaning given in s. 196.485 (1) (g).
196.86(2) (2)If the department of natural resources makes a notification to the commission under s. 285.48 (2), the commission shall assess against electric public utility affiliates a total of $2,400,000, or a decreased amount specified in a notice by the department of natural resources under s. 285.48 (3) (d) 3., in each fiscal year of the 10-year period that commences on July 1 of the fiscal year ending before the initial compliance date. An assessment in a fiscal year against an electric public utility affiliate under this subsection shall be in an amount that is proportionate to the electric public utility affiliate's heat throughput ratio for the prior fiscal year.
196.86(3) (3)An electric public utility affiliate shall pay an assessment required under sub. (2) within 30 days after the commission has mailed a bill for the assessment. The bill constitutes notice of the assessment and demand of payment. Payments shall be deposited in the air quality improvement fund.
196.86(4) (4)Section 196.85 (3) to (8), as it applies to assessments under s. 196.85 (1) or (2), applies to assessments under this section.
196.86 History History: 1999 a. 9, 75, 185.
196.91 196.91 Acquisition of existing dams.
196.91(1)(1)Except as provided under s. 196.92 (3) (c), every domestic corporation lawfully engaged in the business of producing, transmitting, delivering or furnishing heat, light, water or power to or for the public may acquire, for the purpose of developing power and generating energy for public use in the business:
196.91(1)(a) (a) Any dam in or across any navigable waters of this state.
196.91(1)(b) (b) All flowage and other rights and property necessary to the maintenance of any dam under par. (a).
196.91(1)(c) (c) Any undeveloped water power or dam site upon any navigable waters within this state, except as provided under sub. (2).
196.91(2) (2)No award in any condemnation proceedings authorized by sub. (1) shall be effective, and no corporation may purchase or otherwise acquire any property under sub. (1) until it obtains from the commission a certificate that public convenience and necessity require the acquisition of the property, at the amount fixed by the award or agreed upon with the owner of the property.
196.91 History History: 1983 a. 53; 1985 a. 187.
196.92 196.92 Procedure for acquiring dams.
196.92(1)(1)If a corporation under s. 196.91 (1) desires to purchase or acquire any property under s. 196.91, the corporation shall apply to the commission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity. The application shall state:
196.92(1)(a) (a) The name of any owner of the property sought to be acquired.
196.92(1)(b) (b) The business in connection with which it is desired to utilize the property.
196.92(1)(c) (c) The specific public purpose for which it is proposed to use the property.
196.92(1)(d) (d) The compensation or price to be paid for the property.
196.92(1)(e) (e) A statement to the effect that the corporation agrees to cancel all contracts for the sale of hydroelectric power outside this state, if the commission finds that the contract interferes with adequate service and reasonable rates to the people of this state.
196.92(1)(f) (f) Any other information the commission requires.
196.92(2) (2)If the commission receives an application under sub. (1), the commission shall fix a convenient time and place for a public hearing on the application. The time may not be more than 8 weeks from the date of filing the application. The commission shall give notice of the time and place to the applicant. Prior to the hearing the applicant shall publish the time and place as a class 3 notice, under ch. 985. Not less than 20 days prior to that date, the applicant shall serve notice of the hearing upon any owner of the property personally, or by registered mail, if the post-office address of the owner, by due diligence, can be ascertained. Proof of the publication and service of the notice shall be filed with the commission.
196.92(3) (3)
196.92(3)(a)(a) At a hearing under this section or any adjournment of the hearing, the commission shall consider the application and shall receive the evidence offered by the applicant and any other person for or against the application.
196.92(3)(b) (b) The commission may issue a certificate that public convenience and necessity require the utilization of the property as proposed by the applicant if the commission finds that:
196.92(3)(b)1. 1. The acquisition and use of the property in connection with the business of the applicant for the purpose or purposes and at the price or compensation set forth in the application would be a public convenience;
196.92(3)(b)2. 2. The applicant possesses the financial ability to utilize the property for its proposed purpose; and
196.92(3)(b)3. 3. Public necessity requires the proposed acquisition and use.
196.92(3)(c) (c) Section 196.91 shall not apply to the acquisition of flowage rights necessary for the improvement or development of dams or dam sites previously acquired.
196.92 History History: 1983 a. 53 ss. 109 to 111, 113.
2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2021 Wis. Act 267 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on August 24, 2022. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 24, 2022, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-24-22)