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Commission to Regulate Crooked River Ranch Water Company
 
November 21, 2006 (2006 - 024) (WJ 8)
 
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, OR – The Oregon Public Utility Commission has decided the Crooked River Ranch Water Company (CRRWC) in central Oregon falls under PUC jurisdiction. The Commission based its decision on the fact that 20 percent or more of water company’s members filed a valid petition with the Commission earlier this year requesting that the company be regulated by the Commission.
 
In addition, the Commission found that CRRWC became a regulated utility at the time petitions were received and verified, and the company’s subsequent efforts to reorganize as a cooperative in an apparent attempt to avoid PUC regulation are invalid.
 
Using CRRWC’s billing records, the Commission staff verified receipt of approximately 400 valid signatures, exceeding 20 percent of CRRWC’s 1,552 members.  
 
Commission staff hosted an Open House on May 16, 2006, in Terrebonne to provide information about the prospect of having the Commission assume regulation of the water company.
 
On July 5, 2006, Crooked River submitted filings with the Secretary of State purporting to reorganize the company as a cooperative.
 
A hearing was held on August 8, 2006, at Crooked River’s request to challenge the validity of the petitions.
 
PUC regulation provides customers with Commission oversight in raising and lowering rates and allows customers to file complaints against the company.
 
The company has 60 days to provide the Commission with a schedule of charges.  Crooked River may also ask the Commission to reconsider its decision or take up the matter with the Oregon Court of Appeals.
 
 
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