Benton County Utilities

Find Benton County 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.

Consumers Power 6990 West Hills Road Philomath OR 97370 541-929-3124

Fir View Water Company 4175 Northwest Ridgecrest Avenue Albany OR 97321 541-926-6792

Philomath Utility Billing 980 Applegate Street Philomath OR 97370 541-929-3501

About Benton County Utilities

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

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

Utilities in Benton County, 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 Benton County 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 Benton County, Oregon

In Oregon, Utilities are regulated by the Benton 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 Benton County consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services from competent and financially viable companies. Benton County Utilities must receive approval for the rates they charge and they are also required to demonstrate to the Benton County Public Services Commission that they have plans to maintain an infrastructure capable of supporting current and future demand for services.

Electric Utilities

Benton County 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 Benton County, OR. Therefore, transmission and distribution of electricity operates as a monopoly and customers do not have a choice when selecting their Benton County electric power company. However, the electricity in the Benton County electric grid may come from numerous suppliers.

Water Utilities

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

Sewer Utilities

Benton County 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 Benton County waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Benton County 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.