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SB 978

In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed SB 978, which requires the Public Utility Commission of Oregon to establish a public process to investigate how developing industry trends, technologies, and policy drivers in the electricity sector may impact the regulatory system.

In addition to evaluating potential impacts, under SB 978, the Commission must also examine the existing regulatory system.  This includes identifying what the regulatory system requires of companies and customers, how it benefits them, and what incentives it creates. Following this examination, the legislation directs the Commission to explore potential changes to the regulatory system and incentives that could accommodate the developing industry trends, but not compromise affordable rates, safety, and reliable service for utility customers.
The Commission is currently gathering feedback from stakeholders on their priorities for the investigation and the design of the public process through informal outreach meetings. A report will be submitted on the findings of the public process and the progress of the investigation to the Oregon Legislature no later than September 15, 2018.
To engage in the process, view SB 978 Process Planning - Stakeholder Outreach.
Questions or comments? 
Contact Julie Peacock, Senior Policy Advisor at (503) 378-3623 or email Julie.peacock@state.or.us.