ORS 757.495¹
Contracts involving utilities and persons with affiliated interests

(1) When any public utility doing business in this state enters into any contract to make any payment, directly or indirectly, to any person or corporation having an affiliated interest, for service, advice, auditing, accounting, sponsoring, engineering, managing, operating, financing, legal or other services, or enter any charges therefor on its books, which shall be recognized as an operating expense or capital expenditure in any rate valuation or any other hearing or proceeding, the contract shall be filed with the Public Utility Commission within 90 days of execution of the contract. The contract shall be deemed to be executed on the date the parties sign a written contract or on the date the parties begin to transact business under the contract, whichever date is earlier.

(2) When any public utility doing business in this state enters into any contract, oral or written, with any person or corporation having an affiliated interest relating to the construction, operation, maintenance, leasing or use of the property of such public utility in Oregon, or the purchase of property, materials or supplies, which shall be recognized as the basis of an operating expense or capital expenditure in any rate valuation or any other hearing or proceeding, the contract shall be filed with the commission within 90 days of execution of the contract. The contract shall be deemed to be executed on the date the parties sign a written contract or on the date the parties begin to transact business under the contract, whichever date is earlier.

(3) When any such contract has been submitted to the commission, the commission promptly shall examine and investigate the contract. If, after such investigation, the commission determines that the contract is fair and reasonable and not contrary to the public interest, the commission shall enter findings and an order to this effect and serve a copy thereof upon the public utility, whereupon any expenses and capital expenditures incurred by the public utility under the contract may be recognized in any rate valuation or other hearing or proceeding. If, after such investigation, the commission determines that the contract is not fair and reasonable in all its terms and is contrary to the public interest, the commission shall enter findings and an order accordingly and serve a copy thereof upon the public utility, and, except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, it shall be unlawful to recognize the contract for the purposes specified in this section.

(4) When any such contract has been filed with the commission within 90 days of execution and the commission has not entered an order disapproving the contract under subsection (3) of this section, the commission may not base its refusal to recognize any expenses or capital expenditures incurred under the contract in any rate valuation or other hearing or proceeding solely on the basis that such contract has not been approved under subsection (3) of this section.

(5) No public utility shall issue notes or lend its funds or give credit on its books or otherwise to any person or corporation having an affiliated interest, either directly or indirectly, without the approval of the commission.

(6) The action of the commission with respect to all the matters described in this section when submitted to the commission shall be by findings and an order to be entered within 90 days after the matter has been submitted to the commission for consideration, and the findings and order of the commission with respect to any of such matters shall be and remain in full force and effect, unless and until set aside, modified or remanded in a proceeding for judicial review of an order in the manner provided by ORS 756.610 (Judicial review). [Formerly 757.170; 1989 c.956 §7; 2005 c.22 §505; 2005 c.638 §9; 2017 c.312 §5]

Notes of Decisions

Approval of contract between utility and “affiliated” manufacturer or of utility’s annual budgets that included pay­ments thereunder did not “estop” com­mis­sioner from disallowing por­tion of pay­ments in determining “just and reasonable” rates. Pac. NW Bell Tel. Co. v. Sabin, 21 Or App 200, 534 P2d 984 (1975), Sup Ct review denied

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

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 757—Utility Regulation Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors757.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 757, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano757.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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