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{{Wisconsin SEO infobox}}{{tnr}}The '''Wisconsin Public Service Commission''' is a three person state executive regulatory board in the Wisconsin state government.  The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is an independent regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest through the regulation of [[Wisconsin]] public utilities, including those that are municipally-owned.<ref name="about">[http://psc.wi.gov/aboutUs/organization/orgChart.htm ''Public Service Commission of Wisconsin'' "Organization Chart" Accessed July 20, 2012]</ref> The PSC works to ensure that, "in the absence of competition, adequate and reasonably priced service is provided to utility customers".<ref name="about"/>
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|Budget year = 2013
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|Length of term = 6 years
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|Other offices = [[Wisconsin Governor|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin|Lieutenant Governor]]  •  [[Wisconsin Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Wisconsin Attorney General|Attorney General]]  •  [[Wisconsin Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Wisconsin Auditor|Auditor]]  •  [[Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Education]] •  [[Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection|Agriculture Commissioner]]  •  [[Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development|Labor Commissioner]] • [[Wisconsin Chairperson of Public Service Commission|Public Service Commission]]
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}}{{tnr}}The '''Wisconsin Public Service Commission''' is a three person state executive regulatory board in the Wisconsin state government.  The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is an independent regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest through the regulation of [[Wisconsin]] public utilities, including those that are municipally-owned.<ref name="about">[http://psc.wi.gov/aboutUs/organization/orgChart.htm ''Public Service Commission of Wisconsin'', "Organization Chart" accessed July 20, 2012]</ref> The PSC works to ensure that, "in the absence of competition, adequate and reasonably priced service is provided to utility customers."<ref name="about"/>
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
 
The current chairman is [[Phil Montgomery]]. He serves alongside [[Eric Callisto]] and [[Ellen Nowak]].
 
The current chairman is [[Phil Montgomery]]. He serves alongside [[Eric Callisto]] and [[Ellen Nowak]].
  
Chairman [[Phil Montgomery|Montgomery]] previously served six terms as an elected [[Wisconsin State Assembly|state representative]] from Green Bay. He was appointed to Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in March 2011 by [[Governor of Wisconsin|Governor]] [[Scott Walker]].<ref name="bios">[http://psc.wi.gov/aboutUs/organization/commissioners.htm ''PSC-WI'' "Commissioners" Accessed July 20, 2012]</ref> As a [[Wisconsin State Assembly|state representative]] from 1998 to 2010, Montgomery served on the Joint Committee on Finance, Chaired the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities and Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology, and has served on other related committees in the Assembly and on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and is a former systems engineer.<ref name="bios"/>
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Chairman [[Phil Montgomery|Montgomery]] previously served six terms as an elected [[Wisconsin State Assembly|state representative]] from Green Bay. He was appointed to Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in March 2011 by [[Governor of Wisconsin|Governor]] [[Scott Walker]].<ref name="bios">[http://psc.wi.gov/aboutUs/organization/commissioners.htm ''PSC-WI'' "Commissioners" accessed July 20, 2012]</ref> As a [[Wisconsin State Assembly|state representative]] from 1998 to 2010, Montgomery served on the Joint Committee on Finance, Chaired the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities and Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology, and has served on other related committees in the Assembly and on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and is a former systems engineer.<ref name="bios"/>
  
 
Commissioner [[Eric Callisto]] has served on the Commission since May of 2008, when he was appointed by former [[Governor of Wisconsin|Governor]] [[Jim Doyle]].  He previously was serving as the Chairperson of the Commission from appointment in May 2008 through February 2011.<ref name="bio"/> Prior to his appointment, he was the Executive Assistant to the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission.  His previous state government positions include Administrator of the Division of Enforcement at the Department of Regulation and Licensing and Assistant Legal Counsel to the [[Governor of Wisconsin|Governor]]. From 1997 through 2003, [[Eric Callisto|Callisto]] was an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, in both the Environmental Protection and Civil Litigation units.  He also previously worked as a public defender in New York City and Philadelphia, and as a policy advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C.<ref name="bios"/> He holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.<ref name="bios"/>
 
Commissioner [[Eric Callisto]] has served on the Commission since May of 2008, when he was appointed by former [[Governor of Wisconsin|Governor]] [[Jim Doyle]].  He previously was serving as the Chairperson of the Commission from appointment in May 2008 through February 2011.<ref name="bio"/> Prior to his appointment, he was the Executive Assistant to the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission.  His previous state government positions include Administrator of the Division of Enforcement at the Department of Regulation and Licensing and Assistant Legal Counsel to the [[Governor of Wisconsin|Governor]]. From 1997 through 2003, [[Eric Callisto|Callisto]] was an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, in both the Environmental Protection and Civil Litigation units.  He also previously worked as a public defender in New York City and Philadelphia, and as a policy advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C.<ref name="bios"/> He holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.<ref name="bios"/>
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'''[http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/15/III/79 Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 15.79, Public service commission; creation]'''
 
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''There is created a public service commission. No member of the commission may have a financial interest in a railroad, water carrier, or public utility. If any member voluntarily becomes so interested, the member's office shall become vacant. If the member involuntarily becomes so interested, the member's office shall become vacant unless the member divests himself or herself of the interest within a reasonable time. Each commissioner shall hold office until a successor is appointed and qualified. A commissioner of the public service commission may not do any of the following: (a) Be a candidate for public office in any election. (b) Directly or indirectly solicit or receive any contribution, as defined in s. 11.01 (6), for any political purpose, as defined in s. 11.01 (16), from any person within or outside of the state. (c) Act as an officer or manager for any candidate, political party, or committee organized to promote the candidacy of any person for any public office. (d) Serve on or under any committee of a political party. ''
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''There is created a public service commission. No member of the commission may have a financial interest in a railroad, water carrier, or public utility. If any member voluntarily becomes so interested, the member's office shall become vacant. If the member involuntarily becomes so interested, the member's office shall become vacant unless the member divests himself or herself of the interest within a reasonable time. Each commissioner shall hold office until a successor is appointed and qualified.''
 
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==Qualifications==
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Qualifications of Public Service Commissioners are detailed within the [http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/15/III/79 Wisconsin State Statutes, Chapter 15.79 (2)]:
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A commissioner of the public service commission may not do any of the following:
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*Be a candidate for public office in any election.
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*Directly or indirectly solicit or receive any contribution, as defined in s. 11.01 (6), for any political purpose, as defined in s. 11.01 (16), from any person within or outside of the state.
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*Act as an officer or manager for any candidate, political party, or committee organized to promote the candidacy of any person for any public office.
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*Serve on or under any committee of a political party.
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==Appointments==
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[[File:WI state org chart.JPG|200px|right|thumb|Wisconsin state government organizational chart]]
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Under [http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/15/I/05/ Chapter 15.05] of the Wisconsin Statutes, the secretary is nominated by the [[Governor of Wisconsin|governor]], with the advice and consent of the [[Wisconsin State Senate|state Senate]], and serves as the pleasure of the governor.<ref>[http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/15/I/04/ ''Wisconsin Statutes,'' "Chapter 15: Structure of the Executive Branch -- Subchapter I: General Provisions, Section 15.05: Secretaries," accessed July 23, 2012]</ref>
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According to the [http://psc.wi.gov/aboutUs/organization/commissioners.htm Wisconsin Public Service Commission of Wisconsin] website, "Commissioners are appointed by the [[Governor of Wisconsin|Governor]] and confirmed by the [[Wisconsin State Senate|state Senate]] for staggered, six-year terms. One of these Commissioners is appointed chairperson by the [[Governor of Wisconsin|Governor]] for a two-year term."<ref name="term">[http://psc.wi.gov/aboutUs/organization/commissioners.htm ''PSC-WI'' "About Us" accessed July 25, 2012]</ref>
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==Duties==
 
==Duties==
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==Divisions==
 
==Divisions==
The Public Service Commissioners' Office is comprised of the three Commissioners, Executive Assistant to the Chairperson, Executive Assistants to respective commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, the Legislative Liaison, the Administrative Law Judge, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs and Public Information Officer as well as the Commissioners' support staff. <ref name="about"/>
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[[File:WI PSC org chart.JPG|300px|thumb|right|Click [http://web1.ballotpedia.org/wiki/images/WI_PSC_org_chart.JPG here] to view a larger-scale image of the Wisconsin PSC Organizational Chart as of March 2013.]]
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The Public Service Commissioners' Office is comprised of the three Commissioners, Executive Assistant to the Chairperson, Executive Assistants to respective commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, the Legislative Liaison, the Administrative Law Judge, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs and Public Information Officer as well as the Commissioners' support staff.<ref name="about"/>
  
 
The main divisions of the Public Service Commission are:<ref name="about"/>  
 
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*Division of Administrative Services
 
*Division of Administrative Services
 
*The Office of General Counsel (OGC)
 
*The Office of General Counsel (OGC)
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $24,483,300.<ref> [http://www.doa.state.wi.us/debf/docview.asp?budid=74 ''Wisconsin Department of Administration,'' "2013-15 Executive Budget - Public Service Commission,"  accessed April 3, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
In 2010, the Wisconsin Public Service commissioners were each paid an estimated $113,502 according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'',"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved June 7, 2011]</ref>
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In 2013, the Wisconsin Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $127,500.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 31, 2014]</ref>
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In 2012, the Wisconsin Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$124,000]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
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Revision as of 01:56, 25 June 2014

Wisconsin Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $24,483,300
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 15.79
Leadership:  Phil Montgomery
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Other Wisconsin Executive Offices
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The Wisconsin Public Service Commission is a three person state executive regulatory board in the Wisconsin state government. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is an independent regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest through the regulation of Wisconsin public utilities, including those that are municipally-owned.[1] The PSC works to ensure that, "in the absence of competition, adequate and reasonably priced service is provided to utility customers."[1]

Current officeholder

The current chairman is Phil Montgomery. He serves alongside Eric Callisto and Ellen Nowak.

Chairman Montgomery previously served six terms as an elected state representative from Green Bay. He was appointed to Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in March 2011 by Governor Scott Walker.[2] As a state representative from 1998 to 2010, Montgomery served on the Joint Committee on Finance, Chaired the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities and Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology, and has served on other related committees in the Assembly and on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and is a former systems engineer.[2]

Commissioner Eric Callisto has served on the Commission since May of 2008, when he was appointed by former Governor Jim Doyle. He previously was serving as the Chairperson of the Commission from appointment in May 2008 through February 2011.[3] Prior to his appointment, he was the Executive Assistant to the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission. His previous state government positions include Administrator of the Division of Enforcement at the Department of Regulation and Licensing and Assistant Legal Counsel to the Governor. From 1997 through 2003, Callisto was an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, in both the Environmental Protection and Civil Litigation units. He also previously worked as a public defender in New York City and Philadelphia, and as a policy advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C.[2] He holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.[2]

Commissioner Ellen Nowak was appointed to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in July 2011 by Governor Scott Walker.[2] Prior to her appointment, she was the chief of staff to Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas. From 2002-2006 she was the legal counsel and then chief of staff to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly. She also worked as the deputy director of School Choice Wisconsin. From 1998-2002, Nowak practiced business litigation at Mallery & Zimmerman, SC in Milwaukee.[2] She holds a law degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.[2]

Authority

The creation of the Public Service Commission is designated in Wisconsin Statutes.

Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 15.79, Public service commission; creation

There is created a public service commission. No member of the commission may have a financial interest in a railroad, water carrier, or public utility. If any member voluntarily becomes so interested, the member's office shall become vacant. If the member involuntarily becomes so interested, the member's office shall become vacant unless the member divests himself or herself of the interest within a reasonable time. Each commissioner shall hold office until a successor is appointed and qualified.

Qualifications

Qualifications of Public Service Commissioners are detailed within the Wisconsin State Statutes, Chapter 15.79 (2):

A commissioner of the public service commission may not do any of the following:

  • Be a candidate for public office in any election.
  • Directly or indirectly solicit or receive any contribution, as defined in s. 11.01 (6), for any political purpose, as defined in s. 11.01 (16), from any person within or outside of the state.
  • Act as an officer or manager for any candidate, political party, or committee organized to promote the candidacy of any person for any public office.
  • Serve on or under any committee of a political party.

Appointments

Wisconsin state government organizational chart

Under Chapter 15.05 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the secretary is nominated by the governor, with the advice and consent of the state Senate, and serves as the pleasure of the governor.[4]

According to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission of Wisconsin website, "Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate for staggered, six-year terms. One of these Commissioners is appointed chairperson by the Governor for a two-year term."[5]

Vacancies

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches the constitutional or statutory text that details the process of filling vacancies for a state executive office. That information for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Duties

The Public Service Commission is responsible for the regulation of Wisconsin public utilities, including those that are municipally-owned. Typical types of utilities regulated include electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and combined water and sewer. More than 1,100 utilities are under the agency's jurisdiction. Most of these utilities 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.[1]

Divisions

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Wisconsin PSC Organizational Chart as of March 2013.

The Public Service Commissioners' Office is comprised of the three Commissioners, Executive Assistant to the Chairperson, Executive Assistants to respective commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, the Legislative Liaison, the Administrative Law Judge, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs and Public Information Officer as well as the Commissioners' support staff.[1]

The main divisions of the Public Service Commission are:[1]

  • Natural Gas & Energy Division
  • Telecommunications Division
  • Division of Water, Compliance, and Consumer Affairs (DWCCA)
  • Division of Administrative Services
  • The Office of General Counsel (OGC)

State budget

The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $24,483,300.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the Wisconsin Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $127,500.[7]

2012

In 2012, the Wisconsin Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $124,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for chronological lists of historical officeholders. That information for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission has not yet been added because the information was unavailable on the relevant state official websites, or we are currently in the process of formatting the list for this office. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Recent news

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Contact info

Address:
610 North Whitney Way
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7854

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7854
Phone: (608)266-5481
Fax: (608)266-3957

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