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Restructuring Nonresidential Consumers
All nonresidential consumers in Oregon served by PGE or Pacific Power have the option to buy electricity from an alternative provider. No one is required to take such "Direct Access" service; all consumers continue to be eligible for a regulated cost-of-service rate.
Direct Access affects only energy supply and transmission. All consumers continue to receive distribution services from the utility.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission must certify each alternative provider, known as Electricity Service Suppliers. The rates you would pay an alternative supplier are based on the terms you negotiate. Unlike your utility, alternative suppliers are not obligated to serve you. They are free to set qualifications such as load. The utilities provide emergency default service in case an alternative supplier stops service to a consumer.
The PUC´s status report on Oregon´s competitive market for nonresidential customers provides detailed information on these options.
Small nonresidential consumers, defined as those who use less than 30 kW per month, can choose Direct Access or select from the same portfolio of energy options available to residential customers. See Electric Restructuring Residential Customers for information on portfolio options.