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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 2021 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:
If unable to attend in person, you may:
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.
Meeting agendas are posted in advance of the meeting on the PUC's Upcoming Events page.
Public comments accepted for Public Hearings:
***During the COVID-19 pandemic, all public meetings are being held virtually. Please view the agenda for details on how to connect to the meeting.
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:
You may comment in three ways:
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:
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
Workshops are conducted by the 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. An agenda is typically posted on the Upcoming Events page online.
What to expect at a Workshop:
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