RAPID/BulkTransmission/Wisconsin/Land Access

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Wisconsin Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-WI)

In Wisconsin, a developer may need a Utility Permit from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to construct, operate and maintain utility facilities within a State trunk highway right-of-way. 66 Wis. Stat. §§ 66.0831.

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Permitting at a Glance

Wisconsin Federal

State Land Right of Way Agency: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
State Land Right of Way Process: A developer of "utility lines" submits an application for a right-of-way to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. [Wis. Admin. Code NR § 1.485]
State Highway Right of Way Agency: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
State Highway Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain a Utility Permit to construct, operate, and maintain utility facilities within a state trunk highway right-of-way. 66 Wis. Stat. § 66.0831.
Eminent Domain: A "Wisconsin corporation engaged in the business of transmitting or furnishing heat, power or electric light for the public" may exercise eminent domain power "for the construction and location of its lines" pursuant to 32 Wis. Stat. § 32.02(5)(b). A rural electric cooperative association may exercise eminent domain power to generate, distribute, or furnish electric energy pursuant to 32 Wis. Stat. § 32.02(10). Generally a transmission developer may not utilize its eminent domain power for transmission projects requiring a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC) until after the developer receives the CPCN. 32 Wis. Stat. § 32.03(5)(a). For lower voltage lines where a Certificate of Authority (CA) is required, the developer may begin easement negotiations before the CA has been granted by the WPSC. Wisconsin Right-of-Ways Overview, at p. 4.

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