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): March 25, 2020
(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)
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Section 8 – Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On March 25, 2020, Avista Corporation (Avista Corp. or the Company) received an order from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC or Commission) that approved the partial multi-party settlement agreement that was filed on November 21, 2019.
The approved rates are designed to increase annual base electric revenues by $28.5 million, or 5.7 percent, and annual natural gas base revenues by $8.0 million, or 8.5 percent, effective April 1, 2020. The revenue increases are based on a 9.4 percent return on equity with a common equity ratio of 48.5 percent and a rate of return on rate base of 7.21 percent.
As part of the WUTC order, the Company will return approximately $40 million from the Energy Recovery Mechanism (ERM) rebate to customers over a two-year period. The ERM rebate includes approximately $3 million that was recently disallowed by the Commission for the cost of replacement power during an unplanned outage at the Colstrip generating facility (Colstrip) in 2018. The Commission directed the Company to return a larger portion of the ERM money during the first year to achieve a net-zero billed impact to electric customers.
Included in the WUTC order is the acceleration of depreciation of Colstrip Units 3 & 4, to reflect a remaining useful life through December 31, 2025. The order utilizes certain electric tax benefits associated with the 2018 tax reform to partially offset these increased costs. The order also sets aside $3 million for community transition efforts to mitigate the impacts of the eventual closure of Colstrip, half funded by customers and half funded by Company shareholders.
In addition, a recent order received from the WUTC on the 2015 remand cases requires the Company to refund $8.5 million to electric and natural gas customers. The Company will refund $4.9 million to electric customers and $3.6 million to natural gas customers over a one year period, which will partially offset the increase in base rates.
Lastly, the order includes the extension of electric and natural gas decoupling mechanisms through March 31, 2025.
Section 9 - Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
March 27, 2020
/s/ Mark T. Thies
Mark T. Thies
Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer