Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.990
Penalties


(1)

Any person or municipality, or their agents, lessees, trustees or receivers, who omits, fails or refuses to do any act required by ORS 757.035 (Adoption of safety rules and regulations), or fails to comply with any orders, rules or regulations of the Public Utility Commission made in pursuance of ORS 757.035 (Adoption of safety rules and regulations), shall forfeit and pay into the State Treasury a sum of not less than $100, nor more than $10,000 for each such offense.

(2)

Any public utility, or an officer or agent of a public utility, violating ORS 757.310 (Prohibition related to charges for service) commits a Class A violation.

(3)

Violation of ORS 757.325 (Undue preferences and prejudices) is a Class A violation if committed by an individual. Violation of ORS 757.325 (Undue preferences and prejudices) is a specific fine violation if committed by a person other than an individual and is subject to a fine of not more than $10,000.

(4)

Violation of ORS 757.330 (Soliciting or accepting special privileges from utilities) is a Class A violation.

(5)

Violation of ORS 757.445 (Wrongful issues or use of proceeds by utility) is a specific fine violation subject to a fine of not more than $20,000 for each offense.

(6)

Violation of ORS 757.450 (Wrongful acts relating to issuance of securities) is a Class C felony. [Amended by 1971 c.655 §95; 1979 c.990 §428; 1987 c.320 §245; 1999 c.1051 §224; 2011 c.597 §93]
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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