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Wisconsin Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(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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Permitting at a Glance

Wisconsin Federal

Transmission Siting: Wisconsin does not have a comprehensive state transmission siting process.
Preemptive Authority: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has preemptive and regulatory authority over the siting of transmission lines.
Regulated Entity Definition: A public utility is defined as “a company which is in a holding company system and which is a public utility. Wis. Stat. Ann. §196.795(1)(L). A facility is a large electric generating facility or a high voltage transmission line that exceeds one (1) mile in length and 100 kV or more. Wis. Stat. Ann. §196.491(1)(e), (f).
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Any person may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to construct a facility. Wis. Stat. Ann. §196.491(3)(a)(1). Public utilities may also need a Certificate of Authority when constructing a new utility facility. Wis. Stat. Ann. §196.49.
Processing Timeframe: 180 days

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