Or. Admin. R. 860-025-0035 - CPCN Review Criteria

(1) The Commission may approve a petition filed under OAR 860-025-0030 by determining the necessity, safety, practicability and justification in the public interest of the proposed transmission line upon consideration of the following:
(a) Whether the transmission line will meet a demonstrated need for transmission of additional capacity or improved system reliability that enables the petitioner to provide or continue to provide adequate and reliable electricity service;
(b) Whether the petitioner has demonstrated that it will ensure the transmission line is constructed, operated, and maintained in a manner that protects the public from danger and conforms with applicable Commission rules, and other applicable safety standards and best industry practices;
(c) Whether the transmission line using petitioner's proposed route is practicable and feasible, whether it will be effectively and efficiently constructed in a commercially reasonable manner;
(d) Whether petitioner has justified construction of the proposed transmission line as in the public interest, as compared with feasible alternatives for meeting the identified need, considering the public benefits and costs of the project, as they relate to the interests in land proposed to be condemned, petitioner's existing facilities and equipment, petitioner's Oregon customers, and other considerations that may be relevant to the public interest. Other such considerations include, but are not limited to, the benefits and costs to other Oregon utilities, their customers, and all Oregonians, the value of connections to regional and inter-regional electricity grids and to a petitioner's non-Oregon service territories, and all Oregonians;
(e) The Commission may also consider other factors it deems relevant to the statutory criteria.
(2) In evaluating a petition under this rule, the Commission will give due consideration to related regulatory reviews and permitting approvals as pertinent to the proposed transmission line, if the transmission line has already been acknowledged or approved by regulatory or permitting authorities.
(3) In the event a CPCN is granted, the certificate shall expire 15 years from date of issuance, except that a certificate shall expire 10 years from the date of issuance if construction has not commenced during those 10 years. Upon written request of a petitioner, the Commission may grant an extension on the term of a certificate for good cause shown. A request must be served on the service list for the associated CPCN docket, and if applicable, the docket for the petitioner's last acknowledged integrated resource plan.


Or. Admin. R. 860-025-0035
PUC 8-2022, adopt filed 09/29/2022, effective 9/29/2022

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 183, ORS 756 & ORS 758

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 758.015

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