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About PUC Events

Types of Events & What to Expect

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) holds various types of meetings throughout the regulatory process. Oregon Public Meetings Law requires the PUC to hold public meetings when two or more Commissioners are present to decide any matter requiring a quorum. Learn more about each meeting type below.
 

​Regular Public Meetings are typically held every other Tuesday and used to address a variety of items that will either be considered as a group as part of the consent agenda or individually as part of the regular agenda. The PUC reserves up to 15 minutes at the beginning of each Regular Public Meeting to receive comments from the general public on items not listed on the agenda. View the 2020 Regular Public Meeting Schedule.

This meeting is open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email or call 503-378-6611 at least 48 hours in advance. The PUC Hearing Room is equipped with Hearing Loop assistive technology.


What to expect at Regular Public Meetings

  • Commission Chair runs the meeting.
  • Meeting agendas are published in advance and are available online.
  • A Commission employee will generally prepare a written memo for each agenda item, which is posted in advance of the public meeting on the PUC's website.
  • The Commission will generally adopt non-contested items on the Consent Agenda as a group without individual discussion.
  • The Commission will individually address items on the Rulemaking and Regular agendas, and may allow public comment prior to deliberation.
  • Agendas do not include predetermined time limits, but the Chair may set limits at the meeting.
  • Breaks are determined by the Commission Chair.
  • There are off-site participation options for regular and special public meetings, with archived video and audio files of previous meetings available online.
  • Cell phones may not be used and must be silenced during the meeting.
  • The PUC may enter into an executive session during the meeting to consider information exempt from disclosure by law under ORS 192.660(2)(f), or to consult with counsel under ORS 192.660(2)(h). Executive sessions are closed to the general public.
  • Decisions made at the public meeting may be memorialized in an order, which you may find online in eDockets. You will need the docket number found on the agenda.
If you wish to speak at a Regular Public Meeting either as a member of the general public, as a representative of a regulated utility, citizen, or industry-related group:
  • Please let the PUC know by email or call 503-378-6611 at least 24-hours before the scheduled meeting.
  • When you arrive, fill out an appearance slip and give it to the Commission Assistant.
  • A time limit may be provided depending on the number of speakers.
  • Speak clearly into the microphone, stating your name and who you represent.
  • Address the Commissioners as Chair [last name] and Commissioners [last name] and [last name].

If unable to attend in person, you may:

  1. View the meeting live online.
  2. Listen by phone. Call 866-390-1828 then enter passcode 2252868#.
  3. Submit a comment in writing before the meeting by email.

​Special Public Meetings are held on an as-needed basis to provide consideration of regulatory matters, such as utility requests for approval of time-sensitive issues. These meetings, which may or may not include an opportunity for public comment, are scheduled to address agency business better suited for a separate meeting. This meeting is open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodation at least 48 hours before the meeting or for general information, email or call 503-378-6611. If held in the PUC Hearing Room, Hearing Loop Technology is available.

If unable to attend in person, you may:

  • View the meeting live online.
  • Listen by phone. Call 866-390-1828 then enter passcode 2252868#.

Public comments accepted for Public Hearings:

  • In person - Fill out an appearance slip and submit it to the assistant at the front of the room before the meeting begins.
  • By telephone during the meeting - Call 866-390-1828 then enter passcode 2252868#. To assist the PUC in managing public comment, please notify the PUC 24 hours in advance that you intent to comment or are available to answer questions by phone at 503-378-6611 or by email.
  • In writing - Send comments via email. In the subject line, list the public meeting date, and docket number, if any. Comments received after noon on the day before this meeting may not be considered by the Commission.

 

​These are Commissioner-attended meetings closed to certain individuals for discussion of confidential matters. Only designated persons are allowed to participate due to the privacy of the content discussed. Representatives of the media are able to attend, but are not allowed to report on the information discussed. Commissioners do not vote on issues in executive session.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) may host a public comment hearing to provide information and to solicit comments on a given topic of interest to the public. This is noticed as a public meeting if at least two Commissioners are planning to attend. This meeting provides an opportunity for the general public to comment directly to the Commission.

Public Comment Hearings are open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodation, email or call 503-378-6611 at least 48 hours in advance.

What to expect at Public Comment Hearings

  • The PUC will select a location to host this event in or near a community impacted by a certain topic or decision.
  • An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will preside over this hearing and take comments from the public.
  • Commissioners may join the ALJ at the front of the room. If present, the Commissioners will not engage in discussion or answer questions.
  • A court reporter is commonly present to record the meeting.
  • Typically in addition to the Commissioners, members of the PUC's technical staff will be on hand to answer questions.
  • The hearing will start on time, so be sure you sign in and find a seat.
  • If planning to speak, please indicate so on the sign-up sheet.
  • When speaking, speak clearly and state your name and who you represent.
  • There is no need to submit your comments more than once.
  • The hearing will end once everyone gives their comments or the scheduled end time, whichever comes first.
  • A time limit may be imposed on speakers to allow others the opportunity to speak.
  • Be courteous to other speakers and PUC Commissioners and staff.

You may comment in three ways:

  1. In person: If you would like to speak, please indicate so on the sign-up sheet upon entering the hearing room. Please speak clearly, state your name and who you represent.
  2. By comment card: If you plan to attend the hearing but do not plan to speak, you may fill out a comment card made available at the event.
  3. If unable to attend in person, you may submit comments by:
    • email
    • Calling 503-378-6600 (weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
    • Mail to Oregon Public Utility Commission, PO Box 1088, Salem OR 97308-1088

 


Hearings are held in contested cases to allow cross-examination by the parties of witnesses who provided testimony (evidence) in a case. Hearings are held in rulemaking cases to allow the opportunity for oral comment on the proposed rules. If two or more Commissioners plan to attend a hearing, it is then listed as a special public meeting for the public to attend.

​Conferences are generally held in docketed cases to discuss and set the schedule and scope of a case or to discuss issues to reach consensus. Conferences, depending on the type, are run by PUC employees with Commissioners not generally in attendance.  The PUC may hold the following:

  • Prehearing conferences
  • Conferences
  • Settlement conferences

​Oral arguments are formal trial-like events where parties to a specific docket present legal arguments on disputed issues. Oral arguments supplement written briefs. If two or more Commissioners plan to attend an oral argument, the event is listed as a special public meeting. The public may attend to watch, but only official parties may participate and the public may be asked to leave if the arguments address confidential information.

 
What to expect at Oral Arguments

  • The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) assigned to this case runs the proceeding.
  • A court reporter is commonly present to record the meeting.
  • The ALJ will set the order of the presentations and may set timeframes for those presenting at the beginning of the event.
  • Oral arguments are in-person and attendance may be limited to those who signed a nondisclosure agreement regarding protected information.
  • Oral arguments are not live-streamed and a phone-in number is not generally available.

​Workshops are conducted by Commission to gather information from subject matter experts on a specific issue or investigation.  Workshops may also be held to provide technical information or education to the Commissioners and staff.  If the Commissioners are attending or hosting a workshop, the workshop will be listed as a special public meeting for the public to attend. View the Special Public Meeting listing for additional details.


What to expect at a Workshop

  • The Commission staff, an Administrative Law Judge, or the Commission Chair may run the meeting.
  • Staff workshops are not generally recorded. If Commissioners attend, then the meeting is recorded, may be live-streamed, and a court reporter may be present to create a record.
  • Workshops are usually in person. Attendance may be limited to those who signed a nondisclosure agreement regarding protected information.
  • Staff workshops usually include a phone-in number for those unable to attend in person.
  • Identify yourself each time you speak.
 

Reasonable Accommodation Requests

PUC public meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email or call 503-378-6611 at least 48 hours before the event. If held in the PUC's Hearing Room, Hearing Loop assistive hearing technology is available.

 


 


 

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