Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.007
Contract and rate schedule filing for certain furnishers of heat exempt from regulation

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Every person exempt from regulation under ORS 757.005 (Definition of public utility) (1)(b)(E) shall file with the Public Utility Commission, not later than 30 days prior to their effective date, all contracts and schedules establishing rates, terms and conditions for the provision of heating services.


Prior to the effective date, the commission may suspend the effective date of such contracts or schedules for an additional period of not more than 120 days in order to determine the reasonableness of such contracts or schedules, taking into consideration the services being provided, the costs and risks of service, the availability and costs of alternative forms of service and other reasonable considerations, including the impact on existing customers of the utilities furnishing electricity and natural gas and on the public generally.


If the contract or schedule is not suspended, or if the contract or schedule is determined reasonable by the commission after suspension, the contract or schedule shall not be subject to further commission review during its term or such other period as the commission may specify, except as provided in ORS 757.009 (Procedure for reregulation of furnishers of heat).


In any proceeding before the commission to determine the reasonableness of contracts or schedules proposed under this section, the burden shall be upon the proponent of the contract or schedule to establish its reasonableness. [1989 c.999 §§4a,4c; 2003 c.82 §5]
Chapter 757

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)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of Governor and Public Utility Commissioner to enter into binding agreements with respect to uniform curtailment plans, (1977) Vol 38, p 861


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