Since 1907, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has been responsible for the regulation of Wisconsin public utilities, including those that are municipally owned.
Types of utilities regulated include electric, natural gas, water, and certain aspects of local telephone service. More than 1,100 utilities are under the agency's jurisdiction. Most of these must obtain PSC approval before:
- Setting new rates
- Issuing stocks or bonds
- Undertaking major construction projects such as power plants, water wells, and transmission lines.
The PSC does not regulate cable TV, cellular phones, cellular towers, internet service providers, LP gas, or fuel oil.
The PSC works to ensure that, in the absence of competition, adequate and reasonably priced service is provided to utility customers. PSC approval is required before utilities can change rates or build large power plant and major transmission lines. PSC approval is needed for a solar energy project with a capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) or greater. The PSC has specific rules it must follow prior to making decisions on commission actions.
- Ordinance 2023-02 An Ordinance Adopting an Amendment to the Town of Grant Comprehensive Plan
- Solar Sites in Portage County - September 2023
- PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: Comprehensive Plan Amendment - Solar Overlay Map
- Resolution 2023-04 A Resolution Recommending Amendment to the Town of Grant Comprehensive Plan
- Utility-Scale Solar Site Suitability (summary prepared by Lynn Markham)
- Visit: VistaSandsSolar.com/FAQ for more info.
- Map of boundaries as of 9/11/2023 - The boundaries and primary/alternate are still subject to change as Doral advances discussions with other stakeholders. This is the poster that was available at the Open House.
- Invitation to 9-11-2023 Open House.
- Engineering Plan - Submitted to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and received by the Public service Commission on 8/17/2023
- July 12, 2023 Update
- Vista Sands Solar - Special Roads Consideration
- Ongoing information about the Portage County Solar Project is available at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin website
- A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity has been filed by National Grid Renewables with the with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Click to view the document.
- An informational session took place on March 29, 2022 regarding this project. Click for a meeting summary.
- Follow the comments given regarding this project. Click here.
- Click for docket information. You will need to enter docket number – 9810 CE 100