Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.601
Implementation dates for direct access and portfolio of rate options

  • exemption for certain small electric companies


All retail electricity consumers of an electric company, other than residential electricity consumers, shall be allowed direct access beginning on March 1, 2002. Retail electricity consumers shall not be allowed direct access before that date.


Residential electricity consumers shall be allowed to purchase electricity from among a portfolio of rate options as described in ORS 757.603 (Electric company required to provide cost-of-service rate option to all retail electricity consumers) not later than March 1, 2002.


ORS 757.600 (Definitions for ORS 757.600 to 757.689) to 757.691 (Applicability) do not apply to an electric company providing electricity services to fewer than 25,000 consumers in this state unless the electric company offers direct access to any of its retail electricity consumers in this state or offers to sell electricity services available under direct access to more than one retail electricity consumer of another electric utility. [1999 c.865 §2; 2001 c.819 §1; 2003 c.14 §454]
Note: 757.601 (Implementation dates for direct access and portfolio of rate options) 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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