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Requirements for Power Plant Construction Applications

A power plant with a rated capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) or more must have a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Commission before plant-related construction may begin.   Power plant projects rated less than 100MW may require a Certificate of Authority (CA) from the Commission prior to construction.  Follow the link below to obtain a copy of the most recent version of the Power Plant Application Filing Requirements.  Power plant projects will also require a study of the potential noise impact from the project.  A link to the Commission’s Noise Measurement Protocol may also be found below.  Applications for electric generation construction projects may require the completion of two DNR tables. These can be found below as well.

Electric transmission lines, substations, and natural gas or water pipelines may also be needed for new power plants.  Follow the links below to additional PSC Application Filing Requirements.

Applications for electric generation construction projects may require the completion of two DNR tables. These can be found below as well.

Power Plant Application Filing Requirement (AFR):

Fossil Fuel or Biomass Power Plants
View/Download PDF File (142kb) Electric Generation Application Filing Requirements (updated on January 2015).
View/Download PDF File (259kb) Measurement Protocol for Noise Assessment of Proposed and Existing Electric Power Plants (November 2008)
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DNR Table 1: Waterway/Wetland Impact Location Table

DNR Table 2: Waterway/Wetland Environmental Inventory Table

Wind Powered Electric Generation
View/Download PDF File (284kb) Applicants should use Version 5B of the Commission's Application Filing Requirements (AFR) for CPCN and CA applications for authority to construct wind energy electric generation facilities.
View/Download PDF File (69kb) Figure 1
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Table 1
View/Download PDF File (25kb) Measurement protocol for noise assessment of proposed and existing wind electric power plants



Related State and Federal Agency Links:

Additional state and federal permits may be required, prior to the start of construction. The following page contains links to some state and federal agencies.


For More Information about the CPCN and CA processes:
Adam Ingwell (608) 267-9197, Adam.Ingwell@wisconsin.gov