Public Utility Commission

Present Duties

Beardsley Building
The Beardsley Building in Salem houses offices of the Public Utility Commission. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20180329-2924)
The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulates investor-owned electric, natural gas, telephone utilities and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable and fairly priced utility services.

The rules governing PUC proceedings and the regulatory process are set forth in Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 860, while the PUC’s Internal Operating Guidelines inform the public of its decision-making process and describes the responsibilities of the PUC. Decisions are made by the three governor-appointed commissioners during regularly scheduled public meetings.

The PUC’s Residential Service Protection Fund  includes the following programs:  Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service allowing Oregonians who are deaf, hard of hearing, ​or have a speech disability to make and receive calls through specially trained operators; Oregon Telephone Assistance Program providing a monthly discount on phone or high-speed internet service for those eligible; Telecommunication Devices Access Program loans providing specialized telecommunications equipment to Oregonians with a disability in hearing, vision, speech, mobility or cognition; Emergency Medical Certificates assisting Oregonians with a lenient payment arrangement if they are under a doctor’s care and have medical equipment needing utility service.​
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Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, and programs.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 1088, Salem 97308-1088
Phone: 503-378-6600
Fax: 503-378-5743
Contact: Michael Grant, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Public Utility Commission​

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 756, 757, 758, 759, 772

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records & Publications​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Dump Motor Carrier Formal Docket
Dates: 1972-1975
Volumes: 1
Title: Formal Orders
Dates: 1907-1950
Cubic Ft.: 3
Title: Grain Act Formal Docket
Dates: 1913-1922
Volumes: 1
Title: Grain Act Informal Docket
Dates: 1913-1922
Volumes: 1
Title: History of Natural Gas in Oregon
Dates: n.d.
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Legal Formal Docket
Dates: 1908-1970
Volumes: 3
Title: Log Boom Companies Formal Cases
Dates: ca. 1936-1956
Cubic Ft.: 5
Title: Log Boom Formal Docket
Dates: ca. 1917-1936
Volumes: 2
Title: Log Motor Carrier Formal Docket
Dates: 1962-1975
Volumes: 6
Title: Motor Carrier Application Docket
Dates: 1922
Volumes: 1
Title: Motor Carrier Formal Action Docket
Dates: 1922-1975
Volumes: 16
Title: Motor Carrier Formal Docket
Dates: 1946-1975
Volumes: 7
Title: Motor Carrier Tariff Docket Files
Dates: 1965-1976
Cubic Ft.: 4
Title: Motor Transportation Act Rulings
Dates: 1939-1943
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Rail Crossing Formal Docket
Dates: 1961-1975
Volumes: 2
Title: Rail Formal Docket
Dates: 1907-1975
Volumes: 7
Title: Rail Informal Docket
Dates: 1907-1967
Volumes: 12
Title: Rail Track Impairment Formal Docket
Dates: 1959-1975
Volumes: 1
Title: Railroad Commission Proceedings
Dates: 1887-1898
Volumes: 2
Title: Utility Formal Docket
Dates: 1912-1975
Volumes: 9
Title: Utility Informal Complaint Docket
Dates: 1912-1928
Volumes: 4
Title: Water Carriers: Commissioner's Records
Dates: 1949-1960
Cubic Ft.: .5