Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.765
Public utility provision of shielded outdoor lighting fixtures to customers


As used in this section:


“Outdoor lighting fixture” means an automatically controlled searchlight, spotlight, floodlight or other device used for architectural lighting, lighting streets or parking lots, landscape lighting, billboards or other artificial illumination or advertising purposes.


“Public utility” has the meaning given that term in ORS 757.005 (Definition of public utility).


“Shielded” means that a light fixture is designed to ensure that direct or indirect light rays emitted from the fixture are projected below a horizontal plane running through the lowest light-emitting point of the fixture.


A public utility supplying electricity that provides a customer with outdoor lighting fixtures shall make the option of using shielded outdoor lighting fixtures available to the customer. The utility shall notify a customer to whom the utility provides outdoor lighting fixtures that a shielded outdoor lighting fixture option is available through the utility. The utility shall file an application with the Public Utility Commission to establish rates and charges for providing the shielded outdoor lighting fixture option.


Subsection (2) of this section does not require a utility to reimburse a customer for the cost of a shielded outdoor lighting fixture installed before the date the utility sends a notice to the customer under this section, or to provide an option for a customer to acquire:


Incandescent outdoor lighting fixtures of not more than 150 watts;


Light sources of not more than 70 watts that are not incandescent lighting fixtures;


Outdoor lighting fixtures on advertising signs on interstate or federal primary highways;


Navigational lighting systems at airports or other lighting necessary for aircraft safety; or


Outdoor lighting fixtures necessary for worker safety at farms, ranches, dairies or feedlots or at industrial, mining, oil or gas facilities. [2009 c.588 §1]
Note: 757.765 (Public utility provision of shielded outdoor lighting fixtures to customers) and 757.770 (Deadline for public utility filing of outdoor lighting fixture rate and charge application) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 757 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
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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