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Contains a listing of the electric companies under state PUC jurisdiction.
Regulatory Summary
A quick summary of the regulatory activity in each state.

Regulatory Summary

9/05: In March 2005 the PUC denied the application by the Texas Pacific Group (TPG) to buy Portland General Electric (PGE). The Commission cited several issues, including debt and short-term ownership as primary reasons for rejecting the purchase.

A PUC report on the barriers and benefits of distributed generation was released. The report covers several different types of distributed generation technologies, including those that use renewable resources such as wind turbines and solar power. Rates, federal policies and future planning are also addressed.

2/04: The Oregon PUC submitted a report to the Legislature in January 2003 concerning residential customers and retail choice. The Commission concluded that the potential problems of offering choice to residential customers outweigh the possible benefits. It was further noted that the experience of other states showed that healthy retail competition was unlikely to occur in almost all circumstances.

11/02: According a Oregon Public Utility Commission press release, the Commission approved a request by Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities (ICNU) to implement a five-year plan for large commercial and industrial customers of Portland General Electric with an hourly demand of 1 MW or more to choose their own electric supplier. These customers will be required “to pay a fixed transition charge.” Despite having the opportunity to choose their own supplier since March 1, 2002, eligible customers had been discouraged by variable transition charges. The customers who choose this option will “give up receiving the standard cost-of-service rate for at least five years.” However, if they give two years notice they “can switch to any PGE option available to new customers for service after 2007.” Eligible customers have until November 8, 2002 to decide.

9/00: The Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has passed the first set of rules governing electricity restructuring in Oregon. Beginning October 1, 2001, large commercial and industrial customers will have the opportunity to choose alternative suppliers. Small commercial and residential customers will continue to be regulated. Electric utilities are required to file resource plans by November 1, 2000. The plans must identify what aspects of their businesses will remain regulated to serve residential and small commercial customers.

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