2015 ORS 757.516¹
Contracts between natural gas utilities and customers for commodity and services
  • determination by commission of reasonableness of contract and utility activities

(1) Following a Public Utility Commission determination that such services are subject to competition, a natural gas utility may enter into a contract with any customer for the provision of natural gas commodity, rights to pipeline capacity and natural gas transportation services when such services are provided in advance of the point of interconnection between the facility of the natural gas utility and the facility of an interstate pipeline.

(2) Contracts for services described under subsection (1) of this section are not schedules of rates, tolls or charges within the meaning of ORS 757.205 (Filing schedules with commission) and are not subject to the requirements of ORS 757.205 (Filing schedules with commission), 757.230 (Control of commission over classification of services and forms of schedules) and 757.310 (Prohibition related to charges for service).

(3) A contract for services described under subsection (1) of this section may include services provided after the point of interconnection between a natural gas utility’s facility and the interstate pipeline’s facility. Services provided after the point of interconnection are subject to the requirements of ORS 757.205 (Filing schedules with commission), 757.230 (Control of commission over classification of services and forms of schedules) and 757.310 (Prohibition related to charges for service) and shall be separately priced in accordance with the utility’s filed tariffs.

(4) A natural gas utility entering contracts for services described under subsection (1) of this section shall make available to the commission any information necessary for review of such contracts for ratemaking purposes. Notwithstanding ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated), the commission shall not release the terms of any contract or portion of a contract for services described in subsection (1) of this section without the consent of the customer and the natural gas utility except for contracts entered into between a natural gas utility and an affiliated interest of that natural gas utility. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a contract for services described in subsection (1) of this section between a natural gas utility and another public utility may be released by the commission pursuant to a hearing held under ORS 757.210 (Hearing to establish new schedules).

(5) Nothing in this section shall restrict the commission from subsequent investigation of the reasonableness of contracts entered into under subsection (1) of this section for ratemaking purposes. The commission’s review of such contracts for ratemaking purposes shall not in any way affect the obligations or rights of the parties under the contracts.

(6) In accordance with ORS 756.515 (Investigations and hearings on commission's own motion), the commission may investigate the activities of a natural gas utility related to contracts described under subsection (1) of this section. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, if the commission finds that the activities of a natural gas utility have not generally been in the public interest, the commission, by order, may require the natural gas utility to file all future contracts described under subsection (1) of this section as provided under ORS 757.205 (Filing schedules with commission) or 757.240 (Filing schedules in business office). Any such finding by the commission shall not affect the obligations or rights of the parties under any existing contracts.

(7) Nothing in this section, nor any action taken by the commission pursuant to this section, shall be deemed state action for the purpose of exempting a natural gas utility from liability for anticompetitive conduct or other unlawful practices.

(8) As used in this section, "natural gas utility" means a public utility providing natural gas service to customers. [1993 c.485 §2]

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 (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 757, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano757.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.