Oregon Secretary of State


Public Utility Commission

Present Duties

Beardsley Building
The Public Utility Commission is located in the Beardsley Building in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20180329-2924)
The Public Utility Commission (PUC) is responsible for rate regulation of Oregon’s investor-owned electric utilities (Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, and Idaho Power), natural gas utilities (Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural), telephone service providers (landline only), as well as select water companies. The PUC also enforces electric and natural gas safety standards and handles utility-related dispute resolution on behalf of Oregon residents. The PUC is part of the Oregon Emergency Response System to help coordinate and manage state resources. ​

Decisions are made by the three governor-appointed commissioners during regularly scheduled public meetings.

They also provide programs to assist Oregonians with access to PUC-regulated telecommunications programs and utilities.
Agency We​bsite​

Agency Subdivisions

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

Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 1088, Salem 97308-1088
Phone: 800-522-2404
Contact: Nolan Moser, Executive Director; Kandi Young, Public Information Officer
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
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records & Publications​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency or in the State Records Center.

Annual Utility Statistics Book​ – data relating to the sales and customers of Oregon’s electric, natural gas, telecommunications, and regulated water utilities. 1970-present

Agenda and Minutes​ of the Oregon Utility Safety Committee (OUSC) – sponsored by the PUC, the OUSC brings together industry representatives to address utility safety issues

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 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