Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.720
Factors to be considered in approving plan

  • authority to establish plan
  • consultation with State Department of Energy


Approval of utility plans for the curtailment of load shall be based on the following factors:


The consistency of the plan with the public health, safety and welfare;


The technical feasibility of implementation of the plan;


The effectiveness with which the plan minimizes the impact of any curtailment; and


Consistency with Oregon energy policies formulated under ORS 469.010 (Policy) to 469.155 (Advisory energy conservation standards for dwellings), 469.300 (Definitions) to 469.563 (Court orders for enforcement) and 757.710 (Emergency curtailment plan required) and this section.


In the event of an emergency threatening the health, safety and welfare of the general public, the Public Utility Commission may on the commission’s own motion and without hearing establish a plan for the curtailment of load by any person referred to in ORS 757.710 (Emergency curtailment plan required). If an emergency is not present, the commission shall prior to approval hold public hearings with respect to any proposed plan and give reasonable notice of such hearings.


The commission shall consult with the Director of the State Department of Energy before approving a plan. [1973 c.309 §3; 1975 c.606 §11; 2005 c.22 §508]
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


Last accessed
Jun. 26, 2021