Public Utility Commission

ORS 756.060
Authority to adopt rules and regulations

The Public Utility Commission may adopt and amend reasonable and proper rules and regulations relative to all statutes administered by the commission and may adopt and publish reasonable and proper rules to govern proceedings and to regulate the mode and manner of all investigations and hearings of public utilities and telecommunications utilities and other parties before the commission. [Amended by 1971 c.655 §13; 1973 c.776 §16; 1987 c.447 §77; 1995 c.733 §54]

Notes of Decisions

Public Utility Commissioner's rule, which passed on utility expenses for payment of county's net business income tax to county ratepayers only, rather than to all ratepayers, was valid because Commissioner is granted both broad regulatory authority over rates by ORS 756.040 and broad rulemaking authority by this section. Multnomah County v. Davis, 35 Or App 521, 581 P2d 968 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

This section does not constitute clearly defined statutory grant of authority to Public Utility Commissioner for enactment of "tagline" rule which requires public utilities to tag their advertisements with statement that advertisement is paid for by either customers or stockholders. Pacific Northwest Bell v. Davis, 43 Or App 999, 608 P2d 547 (1979), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Validity of rule passing on utilities tax to customers within taxing authority, and rule as applying to county and city residents equally, (1972) Vol 36, p 131

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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