Public Utility Commission

ORS 756.055
Delegation of authority


Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the Public Utility Commission may designate by order or rule any commissioner or any named employee or category of employees who shall have authority to exercise any of the duties and powers imposed upon the commission by law. The official act of any commissioner or employee so exercising any such duties or powers is considered to be an official act of the commission.


The commission may not delegate to any commissioner, named employee or category of employees under subsection (1) of this section the authority to:


Sign an interim or final order after hearing;


Sign any order upon any investigation the commission causes to be initiated;


Sign an order that makes effective a rule;


Enter orders on reconsideration or following rehearing; or


Grant immunity from prosecution, forfeiture or penalty. [1971 c.655 §12; 1985 c.834 §10]
Chapter 756

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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