Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.800
Definitions for ORS 757.800 and 757.805

As used in this section and ORS 757.805 (Accident prevention required for work near high voltage lines), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Authorized person” means:


An employee of a utility which produces, transmits or delivers electricity.


An employee of a utility which provides and whose work relates to communication services or state, county or municipal agencies which have authorized circuit construction on or near the poles or structures of a utility.


An employee or agent of an industrial plant whose work relates to the electric system of the industrial plant.


An employee of a cable television or communication services company or an employee of a contractor of a cable television or communication services company if specifically authorized by the owners of the poles to make cable television or communication services attachments.


An employee or agent of state, county or municipal agencies which have or whose work relates to overhead electric lines or circuit construction or conductors on poles or structures of any type.


An employee of a transmission company as defined in ORS 758.015 (Certificate of public convenience and necessity).


“High voltage” means voltage in excess of 600 volts measured between conductors or between a conductor and the ground.


“Overhead line” means all bare or insulated electric conductors installed above ground.


“Person” or “business entity” means those parties who contract to perform any function or activity upon any land, building, highway or other premises.


“Utility” means any electric or communication utility described by ORS 757.005 (Definition of public utility), any plant owned or operated by a municipality, any person furnishing community antenna television service to the public and any cooperative corporation or people’s utility district engaged in furnishing electric or communication service to customers.


“Proximity” means within 10 feet or such greater distance as may be prescribed by rule adopted pursuant to ORS chapter 654. [1989 c.672 §2; 2001 c.913 §5]
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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