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Wisconsin Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(8-WI)

In Wisconsin, a developer may need to obtain either a Certificate of Authority or a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to construct a new electric transmission facility. WPSC – Application Filing Requirements for Transmission Line Projects, at p.1.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Wisconsin Federal

State or Preemptive Authority: Wisconsin Public Service Commission has primary siting authority over transmission lines.
Transmission Siting Agency: Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Transmission Siting Process: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has two separate review processes for transmission projects. The process required depends on the voltage, length, and cost of the project.
Regulated Entity Definition: An electric public utility is defined as “…every corporation, company, individual, association…town, village, or city that may own, operate, manage or control…all or any part of a plant or equipment within the state, for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water, or power either directly or indirectly to or for the public.” 196 Wis. Stat. §196.01(5)(a)-(b).
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: A developer may need a Certificate of Authority (CA) or a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the WPSC to construct a new electric transmission facility. CPCN: 100 kV or more that exceed 1 mile in length. CA: required to render new electric retail service in a municipality, to interconnect a transmission system with another electric utility, or to construct an electric utility facility.
Permit Processing Timeframe: CPCN: WPSC must make a determination on a CPCN within 180 days after the application is considered complete. CA: WPSC must take final action on the application within 180 days after WPSC issues a notice of hearing on the application. 196 Wis. Stat. § 196.49(5r)(a), 196 Wis. Stat. § 196.491(g)

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