Public Utility Commission

ORS 756.075
Right of entry for examination of equipment, records or employees

  • use of findings


The Public Utility Commission or authorized representatives may enter upon any premises, or any equipment or facilities operated or occupied by any public utility or telecommunications utility for the purpose of making any inspection, examination or test reasonably required in the administration of ORS chapter 756, 757, 758 or 759 and to set up and use on such premises equipment or facilities any apparatus and appliances and occupy reasonable space therefor.


The commission or authorized representatives shall, upon demand, have the right to inspect the books, accounts, papers, records and memoranda of any public utility or telecommunications utility and to examine under oath any officer, agent or employee of such public utility or telecommunications utility in relation to its business and affairs.


Any person who on behalf of the commission makes demand of a public utility or telecommunications utility for an examination, inspection or test shall, upon request therefor, produce a certificate under the seal of the commission showing authority to make such examination, inspection or test.


Nothing in this section authorizes the commission to use any information developed thereunder for any purpose inconsistent with any statute administered by the commission or to make a disclosure thereof for other than regulatory purposes. [Formerly 757.260; 1973 c.776 §20; 1987 c.447 §80; 1995 c.733 §57]
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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