Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.824
Regulatory authority of Public Utility Commission over Oregon Community Power


Solely for purposes of determining the authority of the Public Utility Commission to regulate Oregon Community Power and the activities and operations of Oregon Community Power, Oregon Community Power shall be considered a consumer-owned utility, as defined in ORS 757.270 (Definitions for ORS 757.270 to 757.290), and the commission shall regulate Oregon Community Power as a consumer-owned utility.


In addition to having the authority granted the commission under subsection (1) of this section, the commission has the authority to:


Regulate electricity service suppliers that conduct business with or use the facilities of Oregon Community Power;


Determine a claim by an electricity service supplier that Oregon Community Power has acted in an anticompetitive manner; and


Take action against Oregon Community Power to enforce consumer protection rules adopted under ORS 757.659 (Commission rules) (3) and applicable to direct access consumers.


Oregon Community Power may not be required to obtain the approval of the Public Utility Commission to make an acquisition described in ORS 757.812 (Definitions for ORS 757.812 to 757.950) to 757.950 (Authorization to issue and sell revenue bonds).


As used in this section, “direct access” and “electricity service supplier” have the meanings given those terms in ORS 757.915 (Definitions for ORS 757.915 to 757.930). [2007 c.807 §5]
Note: See note under 757.812 (Definitions for ORS 757.812 to 757.950).
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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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