OR: PGE reveals support for solar DG surcharge


Portland General Electric has filed for a general rate case in Oregon, requesting an annual revenue increase of $66 million and an authorized ROE of 9.90%. PGE has not proposed steep increases in its customer fixed charges, as many other electric utilities have proposed in rate cases in recent months. However, PGE’s testimony alleges that customers with solar PV systems are “subsidized” by other PGE customers, adding that such policy issues could be addressed through pricing mechanisms such as a special “customer charge” targeting distributed generation customers. PGE also indicated that it plans to “evaluate options considered by other states, including those most recently adopted in Wisconsin.” (Several recent decisions issued by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in utility rate cases have yielded very unfavorable outcomes for solar and other DG supporters.)

PGE, Oregon’s largest utility, serves around 833,000 customers. Its previous rate case concluded in December 2014.