Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.412
Exemption from securities regulation

Subject to such terms and conditions as the Public Utility Commission may prescribe, the commission, by rule or order, may exempt the following from any or all of the provisions of ORS 757.400 (“Stocks” defined for ORS 757.400 to 757.460) to 757.480 (Approval needed prior to disposal, mortgage or encumbrance of certain operative utility property or consolidation with another public utility), if the commission finds that application of the law is not required by the public interest:


Any stocks and bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness and any other security or guarantee or class of securities or guarantees for which commission authorization would otherwise be required prior to the issuance, incurrence or assumption thereof.


Any public utility or class of public utilities. [1997 c.261 §3]
Note: 757.412 (Exemption from securities regulation) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 757 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. 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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