SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 11, 2019
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State of other jurisdiction of
1411 East Mission Avenue Spokane, Washington 99202-2600
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 509-489-0500
Web site: http://www.myavista.com
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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Section 8 – Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On October 11, 2019, Avista Corporation (Avista Corp. or the Company) and all parties to the Company’s Idaho electric general rate case reached a settlement agreement that has been submitted to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC or Commission) for its consideration. If approved, new rates would take effect December 1, 2019.
The proposed rates under the settlement agreement are designed to decrease annual base electric revenues by $7.2 million (or 2.8 percent), effective December 1, 2019. The settlement revenue decreases are based on a 9.5 percent return on equity (ROE) with a common equity ratio of 50 percent and a rate of return (ROR) on rate base of 7.35 percent, which is a continuation of current levels. This outcome is in line with the Company’s expected margin in this case.
The primary element of the difference in the agreed upon base revenues in the settlement agreement from the Company's original request is that the settlement includes the continued recovery of costs for Avista Corp.'s wind generation power purchase agreements, which will include Palouse Wind and Rattlesnake Flat, through the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) mechanism rather than through base rates.
The Company's original request included an increase of annual electric base revenues of $5.3 million or 2.1 percent, effective January 1, 2020.
The electric request was based on a proposed ROR on rate base of 7.55 percent with a common equity ratio of 50 percent and a 9.9 percent ROE, as well as the inclusion of wind power purchase costs in base rates rather than receiving recovery through the PCA.
Section 9 - Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
October 15, 2019
/s/ Mark T. Thies
Mark T. Thies
Senior Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer