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Public Purpose Charges
Public Utility Service Territories
The governing body of a publicly owned utility may choose to open its service territory to competition for any class of retail consumer. If they allow open access, the utility must also collect at least a 3-percent public-purpose charge from that class of consumer. In addition:
  • The utility will decide how to collect and how to allocate the funds.

  • The costs of public-purpose programs the utility runs under federal and state laws and certain historic investment can be credited toward the 3-percent charge.

  • The utility must offer a bill paying assistance program for certain low-income households, but the law specifies no level of spending.

  • Large consumers can receive credits for the conservation measures and renewable-resource systems they install.
Each publicly owned utility must report annually to the Department of Energy on the public-purpose charges to its consumers and on what public purposes the utilities spent that revenues - whether the utility opens its service area to competition or not.
Electric Utility Restructuring
Who Else Is Involved?

Oregon Public Utilities Commission
Northwest Public Power Association
Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association