Oregon PUC Supports Competitive Markets in Revamping PGE’s New Load Direct Access Program

On January 7, 2020, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission) ordered the Portland General Electric Company (PGE) to submit new tariffs that implement its Large New Load Direct Access (NLDA) program (Order No. 20-002). The new tariffs will go into effect on February 6, 2020.  [Read more…]

Oregon Court of Appeals Reverses OPUC on PacifiCorp’s Direct Access Charge

On June 19, 2019, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC v. Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission or OPUC), reversing the OPUC’s approval of PacifiCorp’s Transition Adjustment Mechanism (TAM). The core decision by the Court is that a state regulatory agency, like the Oregon Commission, must make its decision based on the evidence brought before it and not information or decisions from prior cases.  [Read more…]

Oregon Commission Provides Large Customers New Option to Purchase Green Energy

On March 5, 2019, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission) issued Order No. 19-075 approving the implementation of a voluntary renewable energy tariff (VRET) by Portland General Electric Company (PGE). PGE’s proposed VRET allows ratepayers to purchase additional or all renewable energy from either their utility or an independent power producer.    [Read more…]

PGE Direct Access Status Quo Retained

On December 18, 2018, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission) issued its final order resolving Portland General Electric Company’s (PGE’s) most recent general rate case. The Oregon Commission resolved numerous issues related to PGE’s overall customer rates, and adopted several different stipulations that the rate case parties had reached on various topics, allowing PGE a rate increase of 1.8 percent, rather than the 4.8 percent PGE originally requested. Importantly, the Oregon Commission maintained the status quo for PGE’s modestly successful direct access program.   [Read more…]

Oregon Commission Determines It Lacks Authority to Allow Utilities to Defer Costs Associated With Capital Projects

On October 29, 2018, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission or OPUC) issued an order finding that it lacks the legal authority to allow utilities to defer, for later ratemaking consideration, the costs associated with their capital projects. The Oregon Commission’s decision represents a departure from its past practice, and also marked an instance of the Oregon Commission reaching a conclusion that was not advanced by any party to the proceeding.   [Read more…]