Utility Companies in Gresham, Oregon

Find Gresham, Oregon utilities. Utilities provide information on public services including electricity (power and light companies), oil and gas (home heating and cooking), waste and sewage companies.

Gresham City Water Resources Division 1333 Northwest Eastman Parkway Gresham, OR

Portland General Electric Co 335 Northeast Roberts Avenue Gresham, OR

About Gresham Utilities

Gresham Utilities are business enterprises that provide essential public services including electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer services in Gresham, OR. Because of the infrastructure required to deliver services, a monopoly is often the most economical way for an utility service to operate. Gresham Public Utility Companies serve all of the customers for a particular service in Gresham.

You may contact Utilities for questions about:
  • Gresham Utilities billing and payments
  • Sewer rates and water bills
  • Setting up Utilities
  • Power outages
  • Natural gas hookups
Public & Private Utility Companies

Utilities in Gresham, Oregon may be publicly owned enterprises or private companies. In both cases, the primary source of revenue supporting the Utility is user fees paid by customers. In the case of publicly owned Utilities, the assets of the Utility are owned by the Gresham Government Utilities Department, but it operates as a self-sustaining public enterprise supported by its own revenues rather than relying on taxes to fund operations.

Public Utilities Commissions in Gresham, Oregon

In Oregon, Utilities are regulated by the Multnomah County Public Services Commissions or Public Utilities Commission. Public Services Commissions are necessary when monopolies exist or in cases where competition is very limited, to ensure that Gresham consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services from competent and financially viable companies. Gresham Utilities must receive approval for the rates they charge and they are also required to demonstrate to the Gresham Public Services Commission that they have plans to maintain an infrastructure capable of supporting current and future demand for services.

Electric Utilities

Gresham Electric Utilities are the most likely to function as a hybrid of monopoly and competitive services. Only one system for transmitting and delivering electricity to customers is feasible in a given service area such as Multnomah County, OR. Therefore, transmission and distribution of electricity operates as a monopoly and customers do not have a choice when selecting their Gresham electric power company. However, the electricity in the Gresham electric grid may come from numerous suppliers.

Water Utilities

Water Utility Services in Gresham provide potable tap water directly to residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional customers through a distribution system.

Sewer Utilities

Gresham Sewer Service Companies receive wastewater from customers via sanitary sewers at a wastewater treatment plant. The Sewer Utility treats the wastewater to reduce pollutants before it is released into Multnomah County waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Gresham Natural Gas Companies are essentially local distribution companies that deliver natural gas, received from large capacity interstate or intrastate pipelines, to individual customers through small diameter distribution pipelines.