Salem Utilities

Find Salem 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.

Hansen Utilities Inc 4196 76th Avenue Northeast Salem OR 97305 503-559-4250

North Coast Electric 2980 19th Street Southeast Salem OR 97302 503-315-1406

Orchard Heights Water Association 4350 Orchard Heights Road Northwest Salem OR 97304 503-391-9238

Oregon Municipal Electric Utilities Association 1201 Court Street Northeast Salem OR 97301 503-371-6625

Oregon Public Utility Commission 550 Capitol Street Northeast Salem OR 97301 800-522-2404

Salem Electric 633 7th Street Northwest Salem OR 97304 503-362-3601

Salem Utility Billing 1410 20th Street Southeast Salem OR 97302 503-588-6099

Suburban East Salem Water District 3805 La Branch Street Southeast Salem OR 97317 503-364-1620

About Salem Utilities

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

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

Utilities in Salem, 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 Salem 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 Salem, Oregon

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

Electric Utilities

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

Water Utilities

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

Sewer Utilities

Salem 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 waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Salem 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.