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Washington D.C. 20549
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 25, 2020

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1411 East Mission Avenue Spokane, Washington 99202-2600
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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.
Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL with applicable taxonomy extension information contained in Exhibits 101).
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

Exhibit 99.1
Media: David Vowels (509) 495-7956,
Investors: John Wilcox (509) 495-4147,
Avista 24/7 Media Access (509) 495-4174

Commission's order in Avista Washington general rate cases provides positive outcomes for customers
Electric customer rates to remain unchanged while natural gas customers will see modest increase
SPOKANE, Wash., - March 25, 2020, Avista's (NYSE: AVA) electric and natural gas general rate cases concluded today with an order received from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC or Commission) that approved the partial multi-party settlement filed in November 2019 and that will keep rates reasonable for customers during this difficult time.
“We appreciate the Commission’s efforts to arrive at a result that keeps rates affordable for our customers during this difficult and uncertain time and that is also fair and reasonable for our shareholders,” said Dennis Vermillion, Avista president and CEO. “We are pleased with this outcome, which demonstrates support of Avista’s efforts to invest in and maintain our infrastructure so we can continue to provide the reliable energy our customers expect.”

The Commission approved rates designed to increase annual billed electric revenues by $28.5 million, or 5.4%, and annual natural gas billed revenues by $8.0 million, or 5.2%, effective April 1, 2020. The decision reflects a 9.4% return on equity (ROE) with a common equity ratio of 48.5% and a rate of return (ROR) on rate base of 7.21%.

In addition to approving the elements in the partial multi-party settlement, the Commission’s order included outcomes of other proceedings that resulted in the offset of the requested electric rate increase and a partial offset of the requested natural gas rate increase that customers will see on their bills. An electric customer using an average of 918 kilowatt hours per month could expect to see no billed increase this year that would have resulted from this case and a natural gas customer using an average of 66 therms per month could expect to see a billed increase of $1.56 per month, effective April 1, 2020.

Today’s order also included the extension of electric and natural gas decoupling mechanisms through March 31, 2025 and other elements that are described in further detail in the Commission’s order, which can be read at

About Avista Corp.
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is the operating division that

provides electric service to 393,000 customers and natural gas to 361,000 customers. Its service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.7 million. Alaska Energy and Resources Company is an Avista subsidiary that provides retail electric service in the city and borough of Juneau, Alaska, through its subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. Avista stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA."  For more information about Avista, please visit

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the company’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements are all statements other than historical facts. Such statements speak only as of the date of the news release and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations. These risks and uncertainties include, in addition to those discussed herein, all of the factors discussed in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2019.

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