(1) Transcripts may be requested by any party, or their preparation may be
directed by the commission. Any party,
other than the commission or its staff, who requests and receives transcripts
shall pay the specified costs therefor.
applicant may request that a court reporter other than the commission's staff
reporter be retained, or upon being advised by the commission that its reporter
is unavailable at the time desired, may request that another court reporter be
retained. Such election shall be made
at the time of the scheduled prehearing conference, or if a prehearing
conference is not scheduled, no later than 20 days prior to hearing. If the applicant elects to request the
services of a nonstaff court reporter, it shall pay the costs of the
transcript, and shall pay any appearance fee for such reporter.