Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.063
Regulation of associations furnishing water upon petition


Any association of individuals that furnishes water to members of the association is subject to regulation in the same manner as provided by this chapter for public utilities, and must pay the fee provided for in ORS 756.310 (Annual fees payable by utilities and telecommunications providers), if 20 percent or more of the members of the association file a petition with the Public Utility Commission requesting that the association be subject to such regulation.


The provisions of this section apply to an association of individuals even if the association does not furnish water directly to or for the public. The provisions of this section do not apply to any cooperative formed under ORS chapter 62 or to any public body as defined by ORS 174.109 (“Public body” defined). [2003 c.82 §3]

Notes of Decisions

Association that furnishes water to members is subject to regulation by Public Utility Commission only after commission issues order finding that requisite number of members petitioned for regulation. Crooked River Ranch Water Company v. Public Utility Commission, 224 Or App 485, 198 P3d 967 (2008), Sup Ct review denied

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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)

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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