Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.230
Control of commission over classification of services and forms of schedules

  • rules


The Public Utility Commission shall provide for a comprehensive classification of service for each public utility, and such classification may take into account the quantity used, the time when used, the purpose for which used, the existence of price competition or a service alternative, the services being provided, the conditions of service and any other reasonable consideration. Based on such considerations the commission may authorize classifications or schedules of rates applicable to individual customers or groups of customers. The service classifications and schedule forms shall be designed consistently with the requirements of ORS 469.010 (Policy). Each public utility is required to conform its schedules of rates to such classification. If the commission determines that a tariff filing under ORS 757.205 (Filing schedules with commission) results in a rate classification primarily related to price competition or a service alternative, the commission, at a minimum, shall consider the following:


Whether the rate generates revenues at least sufficient to cover relevant short and long run costs of the utility during the term of the rates;


Whether the rate generates revenues sufficient to insure that just and reasonable rates are established for remaining customers of the utility;


For electric and natural gas utilities:


Whether it is appropriate to incorporate interruption of service in the utility’s rate agreement with the customer; and


Whether the rate agreement requires the utility to acquire new resources to serve the load; and


For electric utilities, for service to load not previously served, the effect of the rate on the utility’s average system cost through the residential exchange provision of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980, Public Law 96-501, as amended.


The commission may prescribe such changes in the form in which the schedules are issued by any public utility as may be found to be expedient. The commission shall adopt rules which allow any person who requests notice of tariff filings described under subsection (1) of this section to receive such notice. [Amended by 1971 c.655 §72; 1977 c.682 §1; 1987 c.900 §1]

Notes of Decisions

This provision does not limit Public Utility Commission's discretionary power to consider manner in which special tariff between public utility and particular customer affects remaining customers of public utility for purposes of ensuring that rates of remaining customers are fair and reasonable. Wah Chang v. Public Utility Commission, 256 Or App 151, 301 P3d 934 (2013)

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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