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Dec-04-2008 18:26printcomments

PGE Refunds Put on Hold

The Commission’s order had directed PGE to begin running the newspaper ads this month and to complete the refund process by April 20th 2009. Commission attorneys estimate the appeals could take up to three years.

Trojan nuclear power plant
Trojan nuclear power plant
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(SALEM, Ore.) - Portland General Electric (PGE) won’t be taking out ads in major newspapers this month after all to publicize a $33.1 million Commission-ordered refund. The refund was approved on September 30th 2008 to resolve a decades-old dispute over customer rates and expenses from the now retired Trojan nuclear plant.

This week the Oregon Public Utility Commission put the refund process on hold for at least 60 days. The Commission did so because it expects a filing with the Court of Appeals that will seek to suspend the refunds until the case is fully litigated.

The Utility Reform Project and the Class Action Plaintiffs have appealed the amount of the refund, which is approximately $20 for a residential customer. They are expected to seek the stay from the Oregon Court of Appeals pending a final decision.

The Commission does not think it is prudent for PGE to incur significant expenses to process the refund when it may be stayed by the Court of Appeals.

The Commission’s order had directed PGE to begin running the newspaper ads this month and to complete the refund process by April 20th 2009. Commission attorneys estimate the appeals could take up to three years.

Source: Oregon Public Utility Council




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Henry Ruark December 6, 2008 1:14 pm (Pacific time)

Dan: Thank you, sir, for that updating statement. I've really lost track of what happened on the Enron matter and will appreciate anything further from you. For me, these delays are an intolerable situation which demands action, since all such delays, always costly, play neatly if not nicely right into corporate interests while defrauding and denying the commonweal interests of the taxpayers. IF you can spare a few moments, sir, your wise words here will be of high value to all of us in summarizing how we can speed up decisions while preserving the positive aspects of lawful process.


Dan Meek December 5, 2008 10:26 pm (Pacific time)

I am one of the attorneys for the public interest group (Utility Reform Project) and for class action plaintiffs. Both have been seeking to get back what now amounts to over $400 million in profits on the Trojan nuclear plant charged to ratepayers after the plant permanently broke down in 1992. After 15 years of litigation, and two successful trips to the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon PUC finally told PGE to refund less than 10% of the unlawful charges. Thus, another round of appeals is necessary.


Henry Ruark December 5, 2008 3:59 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Recall Enron-embrace around PGE and involvement in perverting power provisions in California particularly ? Is THAT why delay,deny,defeat situation sounds so familiar ?

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