Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.910


The Legislative Assembly declares that it is the policy of the State of Oregon to:


Ensure that the formation and operation of Oregon Community Power does not directly or indirectly diminish the amount of federal electric power available for purchase by consumer-owned utilities to serve their retail electricity consumers;


Ensure that the formation and operation of Oregon Community Power does not, directly or indirectly, increase the lowest cost-based rates charged by the Bonneville Power Administration to consumer-owned utilities for the purchase of federal electric power above the level that would most likely have been charged absent the formation and operation of Oregon Community Power;


Preserve the existing exclusive distribution rights of consumer-owned utilities;


Ensure the preservation of contract rights currently existing between consumer-owned utilities and an incumbent utility;


Preserve the authority of cities to impose franchise fees and privilege taxes and to execute contracts with Oregon Community Power; and


Ensure that Oregon Community Power has access to benefits from the Bonneville Power Administration, as mandated by the federal Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act, that are equivalent to the benefits received by the incumbent utility at the time the utility is acquired by Oregon Community Power.


As used in this section, “federal electric power” means electricity generated, distributed or sold by the Bonneville Power Administration. [2007 c.807 §27]
Note: See note under 757.812 (Definitions for ORS 757.812 to 757.950).
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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