Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.225
Utilities required to collect for their services in accordance with schedules

No public utility shall charge, demand, collect or receive a greater or less compensation for any service performed by it within the state, or for any service in connection therewith, than is specified in printed rate schedules as may at the time be in force, or demand, collect or receive any rate not specified in such schedule. The rates named therein are the lawful rates until they are changed as provided in ORS 757.210 (Hearing to establish new schedules) to 757.220 (Notice of schedule changes required). [Amended by 1971 c.655 §71; 1985 c.550 §3; 1991 c.67 §204]

Notes of Decisions

When public utility charged customer for equipment which was never installed, this section was violated, but no violation was shown when it installed unnecessary trunk lines and line which customer did not know about. Holman Transfer Co. v. Pac. NW Bell Tel. Co., 287 Or 387, 599 P2d 1115 (1979)

Requirement that utility charge, demand, collect or receive amount for service according to printed rate schedule does not conclusively and permanently establish amount charged, demanded, collected or received at printed rate as correct and binding. Dreyer v. PGE, 341 Or 262, 142 P3d 1010 (2006)

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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