Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.669
Policy regarding consumer-owned electric utilities

The Legislative Assembly declares that it is the policy of the State of Oregon regarding consumer-owned utilities to:


Preserve and enhance the ability of community-based, consumer-owned utilities to provide reliable electric power to their consumers;


Recognize that communities served by consumer-owned utilities located in various parts of the State of Oregon may differ in their needs and desires concerning the provision of electricity and related products and services;


Preserve and enhance the ability of consumer-owned utilities and their elected governing bodies to respond to their consumers’ needs and desires;


Retain local control over consumer-owned utilities that provide or distribute electricity to retail electricity consumers;


Preserve, clarify and, as provided herein, enhance the rights and authorities of consumer-owned utilities and their governing bodies; and


Preserve the existing exclusive distribution rights of electric utilities as and to the extent such rights exist under current law. [1999 c.865 §22]
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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