Agreements for financial assistance to organizations representing customer interests
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(1) A public utility providing electricity or natural gas may enter into a written agreement with an organization that represents broad customer interests in regulatory proceedings conducted by the Public Utility Commission relating to public utilities that provide electricity or natural gas. The agreement shall govern the manner in which financial assistance may be provided to the organization. The agreement may provide for financial assistance to other organizations found by the commission to be qualified under subsection (2) of this section. More than one public utility or organization may join in a single agreement. Any agreement entered into under this section must be approved by the commission before any financial assistance is provided under the agreement.
(2) Financial assistance under an agreement entered into under this section may be provided only to organizations that represent broad customer interests in regulatory proceedings before the commission relating to public utilities that provide electricity or natural gas. The commission by rule shall establish such qualifications as the commission deems appropriate for determining which organizations are eligible for financial assistance under an agreement entered into under this section.
(3) In administering an agreement entered into under this section, the commission by rule or order may determine:
(a) The amount of financial assistance that may be provided to any organization;
(b) The manner in which the financial assistance will be distributed;
(c) The manner in which the financial assistance will be recovered in the rates of the public utility under subsection (4) of this section; and
(d) Other matters necessary to administer the agreement.
(4) The commission shall allow a public utility that provides financial assistance under this section to recover the amounts so provided in rates. The commission shall allow a public utility to defer inclusion of those amounts in rates as provided in ORS 757.259 (Amounts includable in rate schedule) if the public utility so elects. An agreement under this section may not provide for payment of any amounts to the commission. [2003 c.234 §2]
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