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The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) holds public meetings and workshops to discuss various topics that impact utilities and their customers. Below are recent subjects addressed that generated useful information for stakeholders and interested utility customers.

 

​The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting a series of workshops on the impacts of COVID-19 on utilities and their customers. Learn more.​​

Learn more about Governor Brown’s Executive Order No. 20-04​ and information on the Oregon Public Utility Commission's response to that order. 

​On May 28, 2019, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) held a workshop to build a common understanding for Oregon regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders of how the transition to a low-carbon electric system requires the identification of regional capacity needs and region-wide solutions that complement utility-specific planning to ensure cost-effective reliability.

Recent regional electricity spot market price spikes, while driven by unusual constraints on the natural gas and transmission infrastructure, presage the importance of understanding how the region is planning to meet resource adequacy needs over the 2020-2030 timeframe. A January 2019 comprehensive analysis of Pacific Northwest (PNW) capacity options by the consulting firm E3 concluded that the PNW could face an eight gigawatt (GW) capacity deficit to meet reliability needs by 2030. Regional energy stakeholders are actively engaging on how to accurately understand and
address this growing concern.
 
Resource adequacy planning is adapting to the evolving resource mix in the region to ensure a least-cost and smooth transition that maximizes customer benefits and manages risks effectively.
 
In Oregon, we are familiar with the investor-owned electric utility Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process for determining a reasonable portfolio of actions to meet individual utility future needs. These processes are robust as they consider future risks and uncertainties to ensure customer benefits. However, regional constraints on capacity (physical, economic and social) and the inefficiencies created when each utility goes it alone, point to the need for deeper regional planning and action.
 
Maintaining system reliability will require a portfolio of solutions, by both individual utilities and regional initiatives.

For additional information, view the agenda and video of the workshop.

​The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) hosted a series of four transmission workshops to promote education on and discussion of generic, foundational transmission topics. Below are agendas, presentations and useful links on this topic.

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Workshop 2 - Video of meeting
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Wrokshop 4  - Video of meeting
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Other Useful Links

 
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​This bill, which was passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly in 2017, required the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) to establish a public process to investigate how developing industry trends, technologies, and policy drivers impact the existing electricity regulatory system. The PUC was also required to investigate the obligations of the benefits to electric companies and customers under the existing regulatory system; and the current use of regulatory incentives.

The PUC hosted seven workshops with various stakeholders, utility service providers and community members. Participants were engaged in a dynamic and inclusive public process, and from this process, the desire for the PUC to address climate change and euqity were determined to be top priorities.

Learn more about the overall findings of this process in the Final SB 978 Report and executive summary.

View the recordings from each working group session:

February 22, 2018

March 21, 2018

April 24, 2018

June 26, 2018

July 17, 2018

 

 To view input and comments received on SB 978, please submit a public records request​.

Wildfire prevention is a priority for our electricity sector and the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC). Learn more about the PUC's wildfire mitigation efforts. 

​In May 2018, the Governor convened a collection of nonprofits, electric and natural gas utilities, local jurisdictions, and legislators to review available energy assistance, efficiency and watherization programs for low-income and historically underserved communities. The group was tasked with making recommendations to ensure that all customers have access to affordable and reliable energy services.

View the Low Income Utility Program Working Group's Final Report and a listing of Low Income Programs operated throughout the state.

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