Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.994
Civil penalty for violation of statute, rule or order related to water utilities


In addition to all other penalties provided by law, a person who violates any statute, rule or order of the Public Utility Commission related to water utilities is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $500 for each violation. The commission may require that penalties imposed under this section be used for the benefit of the customers of water utilities affected by the violation.


Notwithstanding ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures) (7)(d), 183.315 (Application of provisions of chapter to certain agencies) (6) and 756.500 (Complaint) to 756.610 (Judicial review), civil penalties under this section must be imposed by the commission as provided in ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures). [2003 c.202 §3]
Note: 757.994 (Civil penalty for violation of statute, rule or order related to water utilities) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was 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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