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Utility Safety & Enforcement

The PUC’s Role

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) oversees the safe, reliable, and secure operation of electric power and natural gas supply infrastructure, as well as thousands of miles of telecommunication lines located across Oregon. The PUC is focused on the following:

PUC Partnerships

Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC) – Call 811 Before You Dig

Call 811 at least two business days before starting any digging project. By calling, the OUNC will coordinate with your utility services to mark the location of your electric, natural gas, communications, and water utilities to avoid damaging underground utilities.  Be smart -- Call 811 whether planning to dig yourself or hiring a professional. The PUC holds a position on the OUNC board of directors and enforces violations of Oregon’s Dig Laws. Learn more.

Oregon Utility Safety Committee (OUSC)

The PUC sponsors the OUSC, which is made up of representatives of public and privately-owned electric, natural gas, telephone, and cable television utility service providers to propose recommendations on utility safety-related issues.

Oregon Joint Use Association (OJUA)

The OJUA is an industry advisory group nationally recognized as a leader in how government and industry work together. Specifically the OJUA was established by the Oregon Legislature to advise the PUC on safety issues related to utility poles.

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