Oregon
Rule Rule 860-021-0407
Severe Weather Moratorium on Involuntary Disconnection of Residential Electric or Gas Utility Service


(1)

Except as set forth in section (8) of this rule, an energy utility must put into effect a moratorium on the disconnection of residential service for nonpayment on any day a high temperature of less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit is forecast by the applicable weather reporting service.

(2)

An electric utility must put into effect a moratorium on the disconnection of residential service for nonpayment on any day a local Heat Advisory is issued by the applicable weather reporting service.

(3)

Any moratorium activated as a result of section (1) or section (2) of this rule must remain in effect at least through the start of the next business day.

(4)

An energy utility must base the need for a moratorium on data available from the National Weather Service or another weather reporting service that may be designated by the utility.

(5)

An energy utility need only apply a moratorium to the geographic area that meets the conditions in section (1) and section (2) of this rule.

(6)

The energy utility must obtain the required forecast data no later than 8:00 a.m. each business day.

(7)

Each energy utility must notify the Commissions Consumer Services Section which weather reporting service it will utilize in each geographic area served by the utility in complying with the requirements of this rule; and the energy utility must notify the Commissions Consumer Services Section upon choosing a different weather reporting service.

(8)

The temperature threshold specified in section (1) of this rule does not apply if an energy utility offers a Commission-approved winter protection program.
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