Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.360
Definitions for ORS 757.360 to 757.380

As used in ORS 757.360 (Definitions for ORS 757.360 to 757.380) to 757.380 (Applicability of ORS 757.360 to 757.380):


“Electric company” has the meaning given that term in ORS 757.600 (Definitions for ORS 757.600 to 757.689).


“Nameplate capacity” means the maximum rated output of a generator or other electric power production equipment under specific conditions designated by the manufacturer.


“Qualifying system” means:


An alternative energy system used for emergency backup power by a state agency or facility that is at least 30 percent more efficient than existing agency or facility sources, including fuel cells; or


A solar photovoltaic energy system that:


Directly connects to an electric company’s electrical system within this state or indirectly connects through the system of an electric company’s retail electricity consumer or the electric system of a third party that is not an electric company’s retail electricity consumer but whose system is located within this state;


Has meters or other devices in place to monitor and measure the quantity of energy generated by the solar photovoltaic energy system; and


Meets any other siting, design, interconnection, installation and electric output standards and codes required by the laws of this state.


“Residential qualifying system” means a qualifying system with a nameplate capacity of 10 kilowatts or less.


“Resource value” means the estimated value to an electric company of the electricity delivered from a solar photovoltaic energy system associated with:


The avoided cost of energy, including avoided fuel price volatility, minus the costs of firming and shaping the electricity generated from the facility; and


Avoided distribution and transmission cost.


“Retail electricity consumer” means a retail electricity consumer, as defined in ORS 757.600 (Definitions for ORS 757.600 to 757.689), that is located in Oregon and is served by an electric company.


“Small commercial qualifying system” means a qualifying system with a nameplate capacity greater than 10 kilowatts and less than or equal to 100 kilowatts.


“Solar photovoltaic energy system” means equipment and devices that have the primary purpose of collecting solar energy and generating electricity by photovoltaic effect. [2009 c.748 §1; 2010 c.78 §1]
Note: 757.360 (Definitions for ORS 757.360 to 757.380) to 757.385 (Allowance of fair and reasonable rates) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 757 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
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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