The Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) regulates customer rates and services of the state's investor-owned electric, natural gas and telephone utilities; and certain water companies. The Commission does not regulate people's utility districts, cooperatives or municipally-owned utilities except in matters of safety. The PUC ensures consumers receive utility service at fair and reasonable rates, while allowing regulated companies the opportunity to earn an adequate return on their investment.
The PUC conducts its business in bi-weekly public meetings at its headquarters in Salem, and it encourages public involvement in its decisions. The PUC also conducts public hearings on specific issues. The Commission's responsibilities are carried out by a staff of 128 employees. Each year the PUC issues a variety of reports including statistical information on utility companies.