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The Commission is responsible for ensuring that the electric utilities we regulate offer safe and reliable energy at reasonable rates and for promoting the development of competitive markets. The Electric section helps the Commission accomplish these goals by implementing programs designed to:

  • Set the rates charged to homes and businesses.
  • Promote price and service competition, where appropriate, so that utilities and their customers can shop for the cheapest supplies and get services tailored to their needs.
  • Set and enforce price and service rules that protect consumers.
  • Establish regulatory policies that induce utilities to secure the mix of new resources, including energy efficiency and renewable energy sources that will meet customer needs at the lowest cost and risk.
  • Ensure that power lines, transformer stations and other energy facilities operate safely and reliably, through inspections, emergency preparedness and response, and performance standards.

The Commission sets rates that give utilities an opportunity to cover costs that are prudently incurred plus a reasonable return on their capital investments. The Commission also decides both the share of utilities’ total costs assigned to different groups of customers and the structure of customer rates.

The Commission requires Oregon's regulated electric utilities to develop long-term supply plans that assess all supply options, including energy conservation. The Commission adopts and implements rules and processes to carry out legislative directives such as the Oregon Renewable Energy Act, which established a Renewable Portfolio Standard for Oregon’s electric utilities and alternative suppliers. Beginning in 2011, these providers must meet a certain percentage of their load with new renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal or biomass.

Commission-regulated Electric utilities

o    Idaho Power


o    Pacific Power & Light


o    Portland General Electric