Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.315
When free service or reduced rates allowed


ORS 757.310 (Prohibition related to charges for service) does not prevent any public utility from giving free service, or reduced rates therefor, to:


Its officers, directors, employees and members of their families;


Former employees of such public utilities or members of their families where such former employees have become disabled in the service of such public utility or are unable from physical disqualification, including retirement, to continue in the service; or


Members of families of deceased employees of such public utility.


The Public Utility Commission may require any public utility to file with the commission a list, verified under oath, of all free or reduced rate privileges granted by a public utility under the provisions of this section.


The Public Utility Commission may authorize a natural gas public utility, upon application of the utility, to include in rates for residential customers of the utility amounts for the purpose of generating funds to be used for bill payment assistance to low-income residential customers of the utility. [Amended by 1971 c.655 §79; 2001 c.856 §1]
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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