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SB 978

SB 978 was passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly in 2017. The bill requires the PUC to establish a public process to investigate how developing industry trends, technologies, and policy drivers may impact the existing electricity regulatory system. The Commission is also required to investigate the obligations of and benefits to electric companies and customers under the existing regulatory system; and the current use of regulatory incentives. Any changes explored to accommodate developing industry trends and support new policy objectives should do so without compromising affordable rates, safety, and reliable service.

The Commission is required to submit a report on the findings of the public process to the Legislature no later than September 15, 2018.
The Commission anticipates hosting up to one public meeting each month from January through June, with a tentative hold for a meeting in July. These public meetings will take different forms, the Commissioners will attend some meetings, but likely not all. Stakeholders will be notified in advance of the meetings with information regarding expectations for outcomes as well as information about the style and format of the meetings. Depending on stakeholder interest and the progress of the commission investigation, the monthly meetings listed below are subject to change and could be replaced with an alternative method of stakeholder participation such as submission of written comments.
In order to provide stakeholders with adequate time to prepare for these meetings and also prevent future meeting date conflicts, the Commission is releasing the following public meeting schedule.
·          January 30 - 1 p.m. - Agenda and Meeting Materials
·          February 22 - 1 p.m. - Agenda and Meeting Materials
·          March 21 - 9 a.m. - Agenda and Meeting Materials
·          April 24 - 1 p.m.
·          May 22 - 1 p.m.
·          June 26 - 1 p.m.
·          July 17 - 1 p.m. (tentative)
The Commission has released the SB 978 schedule, which was distributed at the January 30 stakeholder meeting. The calendar is subject to change and will be updated as necessary.
Questions or comments? 
Contact Julie Peacock, Senior Policy Advisor at (503) 378-3623 or email Julie.peacock@state.or.us.
To be added to the service list for this proceeding, please email puc.hearings@state.or.us.