Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.689
Recovery of costs of energy conservation measures in rates of electric company


In addition to the public purpose charge established by ORS 757.612 (Requirements for public purpose expenditures), the Public Utility Commission may authorize an electric company to include in its rates the costs of funding or implementing cost-effective energy conservation measures implemented on or after June 6, 2007. The costs may include amounts for weatherization programs that conserve energy.


The commission shall ensure that a retail electricity consumer with a load greater than one average megawatt:


Is not required to pay an amount that is more than three percent of the consumer’s total cost of electricity service for the public purpose charge under ORS 757.612 (Requirements for public purpose expenditures) and any amounts included in rates under this section; and


Does not receive any direct benefit from energy conservation measures if the costs of the measures are included in rates under this section. [2007 c.301 §46]
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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