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SB 978

SB 978 was passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly in 2017. The bill requires the Oregon Public Utility Commission (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’s schedule for the public process is located below. The Commission also 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.
Information about each meeting is linked below:
          ·          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. - Agenda and Meeting Materials
          ·          May 31 - 9 a.m. (in Portland) - Agenda and Meeting Materials
          ·          June 26 - 9:30 a.m. - Agenda and Meeting Materials
          ·          July 17 - 1 p.m. - Meeting Recording
The Commission also anticipates providing opportunities for public comment during the public process. Below are comments received by the Commission to date:
 
Final SB 978 Report
The Commission submitted its final SB 978 report and executive summary to the Legislature on September 14, 2018. 
 
Draft Report Released
The Commission released its draft SB 978 report to stakeholders on August 17, and will be accepting comments through close of business August 30. To submit comments, email julie.peacock@state.or.us.
 
All submitted comments will be available on the website by September 1, with the final report submitted to the Legislature by September 15.
 
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.