Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.646
Commission policies to eliminate barriers to competitive retail market structures and rules to establish code of conduct for electric companies

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The duties, functions and powers of the Public Utility Commission shall include developing policies to eliminate barriers to the development of a competitive retail market structure. The policies shall be designed to mitigate the vertical and horizontal market power of incumbent electric companies, prohibit preferential treatment, or the appearance of such treatment, of generation or market affiliates and determine the electricity services likely to be competitive. The commission may require an electric company acting as an electricity service supplier do so through an affiliate.


The commission shall establish by rule a code of conduct for electric companies and their affiliates to protect against market abuses and anticompetitive practices. The code shall, at a minimum:


Require an electric company and any affiliate that shares the same name and logo to disclose to all consumers the relationship between the company and affiliate and to clarify that the affiliate is not the same as the electric company and that in order to receive service from the company a consumer does not have to purchase the services of the affiliate;


Prohibit preferential access by an electric company affiliate to confidential consumer information;


Prohibit cross-subsidization between competitive operations and regulated operations, including the use of electric company personnel and other resources;


Prohibit joint marketing activities and exclusive referral arrangements between an electric company and its affiliates;


Provide the commission with all necessary access to books and records;


Require electric companies to make regular compliance filings; and


Require fair treatment of all competitors by a distribution utility.


An electric company shall provide the commission access to all books and records necessary for the commission to monitor the electric company and its affiliate relationships. The commission shall require an electric company biannually to file a report detailing compliance with this subsection. [1999 c.865 §6; 2001 c.683 §18]
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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