Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.710
Emergency curtailment plan required

  • credits for weatherization or alternate energy devices


Any person, as defined in ORS 758.400 (Definitions for ORS 758.015 and 758.400 to 758.475), engaged in the sale or resale of electricity or natural or synthetic gas in this state shall present for approval by the Public Utility Commission a plan for curtailment of electrical or gas load in the event of any predictable circumstance that may jeopardize prolonged continuity of service. Utility plans shall be submitted in such form and within such time limits as the commission shall specify.


Utility plans may provide for a credit against future curtailment for a customer who has already accomplished a reduction in demand for the utility’s service by installing an alternative energy device or by weatherization or other installed conservation measures equivalent to the proposed level of curtailment. Where the level of curtailment exceeds the demand reduction produced, by the conservation measures or installed alternative energy device of the customer, the utility plan may provide for credit against the level of curtailment ordered to the extent of the demand reduction produced by the conservation measure or alternate energy device.


The commission shall approve the feature of any plan concerning such credit against curtailment to the extent of the demand reduction produced and shall not penalize either the utility or the customer, in the event of a curtailment order, under ORS 757.720 (Factors to be considered in approving plan) for the amount of reduced demand. [1973 c.309 §2; 1975 c.606 §10; 1979 c.355 §1]
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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