Public Utility Commission

ORS 756.010

As used in ORS chapters 756, 757, 758 and 759, except as otherwise specifically provided or unless the context requires otherwise:


“Commission” means the Public Utility Commission of Oregon.


“Commissioner” means a member of the Public Utility Commission of Oregon.


“Customer” includes the patrons, passengers, shippers, subscribers, users of the service and consumers of the product of a public utility or telecommunications utility.


“Municipality” means any city, municipal corporation or quasi-municipal corporation.


“Person” includes individuals, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations and associations or their officers, employees, agents, lessees, assignees, trustees or receivers.


“Public utility” has the meaning given that term in ORS 757.005 (Definition of public utility).


“Rate” means any fare, charge, joint rate, schedule or groups of rates or other remuneration or compensation for service.


“Service” is used in its broadest and most inclusive sense and includes equipment and facilities related to providing the service or the product served.


“Telecommunications utility” has the meaning given that term in ORS 759.005 (Definitions). [Amended by 1971 c.655 §2; 1973 c.776 §14; 1977 c.337 §1; 1985 c.834 §6; 1987 c.447 §75; 1991 c.841 §1; 1995 c.733 §52]

Notes of Decisions

Public utility company's providing of repair and replacement activities for gas utility service were within definition of "service" and, as such, subject to regulation. Northwest Climate Conditioning v. Lobdell, 79 Or App 560, 720 P2d 1281 (1986)

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Notes of Decisions

Under regulatory scheme, Public Utility Commissioner has authority to promulgate rule limiting telephone company's liability for directory listing errors or omissions. Garrison v. Pacific NW Bell, 45 Or App 523, 608 P2d 1206 (1980)

Refund is proper exercise of Public Utility Commission's general powers if refund (1) is based only on information in existence at time of rate order for which refund is being made; (2) is not based on evaluation of public utility's actual expenses or revenues; and (3) is not effectuated by offsetting future rates. Gearhart v. Public Utility Commission, 255 Or App 58, 299 P3d 533 (2013), aff'd 356 Or 216, 339 P3d 904 (2014)


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